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10 Ways To Find Serenity Now
Inner peace is easy to find when you're fresh from, say, a silent mountaintop retreat. But where is it when you really need it? You know, when a cutting remark has you mad at the world—or while you sit, late for an appointment, in standstill traffic. Been there? Sure you have. You're as likely to take a cue from the Dalai Lama right then as you are to sprout wings and fly.
Truth is, you can always tap your inner lama if you remember to employ strategic mind soothers. Some techniques, such as a daily reminder of what you're grateful for, make you feel calmer, right down to having a more relaxed heartbeat, says Sara Gottfried, MD, the author of . That calm can last even through a stress-riddled day. Here, 10 ways to trigger your inner chill.
Sounds like the crazy dance you do when you've sipped too many mai-tais. Actually, this Hawaiian ritual calms you down better than booze—sans the hangover. It's all about forgiveness. Murmuring the ho'oponopono mantra several times ("I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.") eases your anger and could lower your blood pressure when you're mad at someone, says Dr. Gottfried. (For more tips to send your BP heading in the right direction, see 13 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally.)
You don't have to wait for a spa visit to make the most of essential oils. Take yourself to the essential oil counter at your favorite natural-products store and sniff the testers till you find one or two that give you that ohhh-all-over feeling. Good ones to try include lavender, orange, clary sage, and ylang-ylang. (New to essential oils? Here's a primer.)
When smiling turns out to be a mood booster for customer service reps (who must tactfully deal with the crankiest people on the planet), you know it's worth a try. A 2011 study conducted at Michigan State University found that customer-service employees who smiled throughout the day by thinking positive thoughts reported feeling more serene overall. Though it may be hard to find the joy in a traffic jam, smiling does wonders to lower your body's stress response and quells any road rage feelings, according to a study published recently inPsychological Science. Even when you don't feel like doing it, smiling relaxes you—so lift those lip corners, already.
According to a recent study by Dutch researchers, gardening is an even more effective stress reliever than reading a good book. There's also evidence that microbes in the soil may lift your mood, according to a British study conducted in 2007. May is the perfect time of year to spend time in your garden—so go out there and grow something. (Turn those black thumbs green with the Ultimate Guide To Gardening.)
Get up by 7 AM and you'll be happier, a new UK study reveals. Start with a stretch—your cat always does—and you'll not only loosen your muscles, you'll also calm your mind. "When cats get up, they stretch—they're masters at the practices we spend years trying to perfect in yoga," says Carol Krucoff, a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine and the author ofYoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less(coming in August). Try this simple stress-busting yoga routine to relax.
The evidence for daily meditation is mounting, says a recent Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University study. Turns out, meditation positively affects your brain—even when you're not actively meditating. We know that "several weeks of meditation can shrink a region of the brain linked to anxiety and expands a region associated with emotions and memory," says Gaelle Desbordes, PhD, a research fellow at MGH's Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Need more than indoor meditation? A 2011 Scottish study found that being outdoors ups mental health benefits by 50% over exercising in a gym. So slo-o-o-owly stroll a garden and focus on the beauty you see. Instant serenity, we promise. (Think you're not into meditation? Think again with these fun techniques that match your personality.)
Find serenity by hanging out with pals or playing a group sport, says Laura Kubzansky, PhD, a Harvard School of Public Health associate professor: "My guess is that many people who are chronically distressed never figured out how to rebound from a bad experience or change their perspective." Friends who make you happy help you bounce back and regain your inner peace.
When you're not having much luck with other been-there, done-that stress-reduction techniques, you may need an herb that enables your body to respond more appropriately to the stress siren. Try rhodiola, an "adaptogen" that's prized for its ability to help people modulate the stress response. Proof? A study published in theJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicineshowed that taking rhodiola reduces feelings of anxiety, depression, and fatigue. One caveat: Rhodiola can overstimulate some users, causing insomnia and irritability. "It's best for people who feel exhausted and need a lift," says David Winston, a clinical herbalist and the author ofAdaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief.
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Set your phone or watch alarm, stop what you're doing, and regroup. And yes, there's an app for that—it's called the Mindfulness Bell, modeled after a practice in Buddhist monasteries. Or try What Are You Feeling Right Now (whatareyoufeelingrightnow.com), a website that can help you track your feelings.
If you've ever watched a Zumba class, you've seen that dancing like a maniac seems to make people very, very happy. That's because being really active teaches us how to manage stress better, according to the results of recent research from the University of Wyoming. "This study was particularly interesting because the researchers found that if a person worked out for 30 minutes, she was able to withstand a stressful situation afterward without reacting as intensely," says Holly Parker, PhD, a psychology lecturer at Harvard University.
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