matthewwalters110by Matthew Walters of Downloads For Change

Have you noticied that if you watch the news or listen to the radio, it seems everyone is telling you to panic because the world is falling apart? It s a great way to get people to watch but not very helpful for actually solving any problems.

We always feel that the more relaxed and grounded you are, the better chance you have to actually do some good in the world. Like Gandhi said, Be the change you want to see in the world. We think a great way to be the change, is to become the eye of the storm. Completely calm, with clear blue skies, while the storm blows around you.

So, today we thought we d give you some tips on how to remain calm in the midst of a storm.

1. Breathe

Your breath is the most powerful tool you have for grounding yourself and quickly calming and quieting the mind. Here is one technique that we love:

Sit upright either on a chair or cross-legged on the floor. Gently close your eyes. Inhale to a count of 5, hold your breath for a count of 5, exhale for a count of 5. Repeat a minimum of 10 times. As you get better at this exercise, increase your count to 10, 15, or 20.

2. Get Creative

We have a great big brain in our heads that loves to create systems that lead to a resolution or a solution. This is great for problem solving, but terrible when you re feeling anxious or stressed out. When this process tries to solve emotional problems it creates what we call blender brain.

Getting in touch with your creative side can give this processor a break and allow your subconscious to start working on your emotions. Write, draw, paint, sing or even puzzles (we love Sudoku) can activate your creative, imaginative part of your mind and allow your heart to process the emotion.

3. Laughter

Laughter is a great antidote to anxiety. It releases energy, produces endorphins and allows you to see events from a new perspective. Practice laughing at your fears. When you find yourself imagining a future event that is unpleasant, laugh at yourself for imagining things that haven t happened yet. As you re laughing, say out loud, That s not true. That didn t happen. I m just imagining that. This is a great way to interrupt an old pattern of worry.

See if there is a laughter yoga class in your area. If not, go online to get information about how to form a group in your area. Laughing with a group is one of the most therapeutic things we can do. Rent a funny movie or episodes of your favorite sitcom and laugh your way out of your stress.

From Sarah – I know Matthew very well (he just married a great friend) – and he’s so lovely you just want to put your very heart in his hands. Perfect, sort of poster “Hypnotherapist.” Exactly the person you’d want to work with. Take a look at the terrific assortment of incredible hypnosis downloads on their Downloads for Change site->

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