Stressed? It happens. But an hour spent zoning out in Downward Dog isn’t always doable. Next time you need a quick breather, try these easy calming tricks at home or on the go.

Relaxation Meditation CandleCandle Meditation
First, prepare a comfy meditation space. Light a candle and position it about 20 inches from eye level while maintaining a proper upright posture. Then, simply focus all your attention on the candle. This technique works particularly well for people who find it easier to concentrate on a physical thing rather than a mantra.

Aromatherapy LavenderAromatherapy
Lavender is known for its ability to release nervous tension and aid in sleep. Next time you’re feeling anxious, grab a bottle of this popular oil and rub a drop or two on the base of your neck and inner wrists. The relaxing scent will lower your pulse rate and help you naturally wind down.

Meditation AppsMeditation Apps
Whether your thing is listening to ocean waves or flowing through a guided meditation, there’s a (free) app for that. The best part? You can choose where and when to chill out. Try it on your lunch break during especially crazy workweeks. Your sanity will thank you.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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Life. Gets. Crazy. That’s a simple fact. But calm is attainable – even on the busiest of days. All you have to do is breathe.

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According the experts at Canyon Ranch®, controlled, purposeful breathing is a powerful tool you can call upon anytime, anywhere. When your chest tightens. When you lose focus. When those deadlines start creeping up, and the emails keep piling in. You know, like… today.

Here’s how to start the unwind. (Feel free to try it right at your desk.)

  1. Sit down. Make sure you’re comfortable, then rest your hands on your stomach.
  2. Inhale deeply, inflating your abdomen to its full capacity. Release your breath slowly.
  3. On the next inhale, fill your abdomen again. Then move that breath into your ribs.
  4. Breathe out. First release the air in your ribs, then your abdomen.
  5. Inhale one more time, again moving your breath into your abdomen, then your ribs, then finally into your chest.
  6. Release your breath in reverse order and repeat.

 
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By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 15, 2013