Advice for achieving that sense of inner peace when your life is feeling frantic

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Do you ever feel like you simply have too much on your plate? Sadly this feeling is all too familiar for many of us, leading to stress, anxiety and a sense of being completely engulfed by outside forces.

It may be that work is asking too much of you, or your personal commitments are becoming a burden. Whatever the cause, it’s important to know there are practical ways to stay cool, calm and collected.

When things get a bit hectic at happiful HQ, it’s mindfulness that saves the day. Here’s our quick guide to four calming techniques that you can use to stop feeling overwhelmed:

1. Try breathing exercises

Focusing on your breathing may sound frivolous, but it honestly works wonders. Certain breathing techniques actually trick the body into a state of relaxation, perfect for those uber-stressful days. Try breathing in for the count of five and then exhale for the count of eight. Repeat for as long as needed to feel calm.

Another practical tip is to cover your right nostril with your thumb (right hand) and breathe in through your left nostril. Then cover your left nostril with your ring finger (right hand) and breathe out through your right nostril. Breathe in through your right nostril, out through your left and repeat.

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2. Take up yoga

Yoga is the ultimate in mindful movement. Your entire attention focuses on the way you move and breathe, leaving little room for racing thoughts. Of course, making the time to introduce yoga into your hectic daily life requires planning and commitment, but the rewards for both your mind and body can be life-changing.

3. Explore aromatherapy

Focusing on your senses is a common mindfulness practice. Using aromatherapy oils can help ground you in the present moment. Try using scents like sage, lavender and frankincense to help you stay present and relaxed.

It’s important to know there are practical ways to stay cool, calm and collected
4. Talk it over

Naturally, we always recommend talking to someone about the way you feel to see if anyone can help to lighten your load. A quick word with your line manager or a carefully formed text to your partner (or close friend) asking for help could be all that’s needed to take the extra pressure off.

Remember, prioritise self-care and consider what holistic therapies could offer you to alleviate the stress. There are plenty of treatments out there that are natural, help promote relaxation and reduce tension. Find a therapist near you on Therapy Directory.