Creating Calm When Feeling Stressed


We all know that feeling of the emotional brink. Simply put, the ‘I’m exhausted, tears are coming, where’s the effing chocolate/wine?!‘ moment. It’s typically composed of a gradual buildup of personal and professional to-dos that seem manageable, until…they just don’t.

Feeling overwhelmed isn’t only fatiguing, it’s frustrating, because it’s often hard to know where to begin. While a 15 minute nap or hour of power yoga class is ideal, that’s not always an option in the moment.

On tap today, we’re sharing how we handle stress with a minute, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes to spare.

So, grab a calming scent. Whether it’s a lavender candle, peppermint essential oils, or chamomile tea, zero in on a fragrance that provides an element of relaxation in body and mind. And let’s get started.

With a minute…

Focus on breath. Inhale through the nose and exhale out through the mouth. After a couple deep breaths, begin to pair movement between the shoulders and the breath. Inhaling and drawing the shoulders forward and up and exhaling to glide them down and back.

With 5 minutes…

Unplug. If entirely unplugging isn’t possible, quiet the surrounding space – turn the phone to silent, click off the TV, put on headphones – relish in a moment of calm. Simply be. When the inner dialogue is on overdrive, the last thing needed is excess noise.

With 10 minutes…

Prioritize. Figure out and write down what’s most important and from there, note the items that can wait. Ranking the tasks from ‘this needs to get done (like, yesterday) to ‘non-urgent’ makes the TDL more manageable and provides direction by shedding light on what to tackle first.

Tell us or tweet us, how do you create a sense of calm amidst the busyness of life?

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