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Tips for creating an everyday calm

 

I’m sure most of us aspire to be that mythical cool, calm and collected parent, breezing effortlessly through the morning routine; getting ourselves and the little ones ready for the day, having a fridge full of healthy food that the family willingly consumes, ferrying a car-full of obliging children to their after-school activities on time, and so on!

Cultivating Everyday Calm

In reality, the pressures of being a modern-day human, let alone a busy parent, can lead to frequent feelings of stress, tension and anxiety. Meeting deadlines, negotiating busy traffic, mediating sibling arguments, hauling heavy grocery bags and searching for that elusive lost sock in amongst 100 other essential daily tasks can deliver unwanted tensions, both mentally and physically. Common manifestations include headache, sleeplessness, fatigue and muscle pain. In a state of stress, the heart beats faster, the breath quickens and the nervous system prepares for ‘flight or fight’. In contrast, when we feel at ease, the breath and heart rate slows, our muscles are relaxed and the nervous system can get about it’s healing work in ‘rest and digest’ mode.

Learning and incorporating a few quick and easy calming techniques into your day can help cultivate a ripple-effect of relaxation, starting with you!

Try one or more of these‘Everyday Calmers’ when you feel stress creeping up and notice the positive effects:

 

Cultivating an everyday calm.  Tips for an instant de stress

 

1) The ‘Sighing Shoulder Shrug’ - Necks and shoulders are often the first place to tighten up when we’re stressed, and making sound is another wonderful way to release tensions. This tip combines the two to create instant ease. What to do: Take a breath in as you squeeze the shoulders upwards.

As you breath out, make an audible ‘aahhh' sound through the mouth as you drop the shoulders. Do3-5 rounds.

 

2) The ‘Even Breath’ - Try this simple and effective pranayama technique (yoga breathing) to balance out your mood. Breathe in to a steady count of 4, breathe out to a steady count of 4. Take 7-10 rounds then check in with how you feel.

 

3) The ‘Full Body Squeeze’ - Try this one lying down or sitting. Get comfy, then take a big breath in and squeeze and tighten the whole body as you hold the breath- tense up the feet, legs, hands, arms, face, then let go as you breath out. Repeat twice more.

 

4) ‘Smell Well’ - Lavender is well known for it’s calming properties. Rub 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil in your cupped palms, then inhale deeply to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to soothe the mind. You can also rub a few drops on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body.

 

 

 

Bronni Page wants to live in a world where calm is ‘in’ and chaos is ‘out’! Her yoga teaching style blends deliciously restful poses with seriously soothing ambiance. Students love her personal attention and gentle approach. She’s led classes in Australia and Canada, and recently launched an online yoga program ‘Create Your Calm at Home’. When she’s not playing with yoga props, you can find her searching out the best cappuccino in town.

Get your free guided yoga nidra relaxation at www.bronnipageyoga.com.au

 

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+1 # Hope 2015-12-06 21:02
Brilliant tips. I know all too well that as soon as you get stressed and anxious, and you're carrying around a little one on your hip, it only takes 1 wrong movement and you've put your back out. The shoulder sigh works wonders!
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0 # Becky J 2015-12-06 21:09
great tips thank you for sharing
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