How to Calm TF Down in 5 Minutes

April 04, 2018

The Chriselle Factor

We all have those moments- when it seems that everything that could go wrong is going wrong? It’s in moments like that when the phrase ‘when it rains it pours’ really rings true. And being able to shake it off and figure it out seems a lot easier said than done, right? Don’t worry- I’ve got you covered. Whether you’re at home, in the office, in your car or on your way to get a work out in, finding quick and easy tips and tricks that help you find your zen is super important! We all deal with stress differently, so being in tune with your body and your needs can make all the difference. First of all, I think we can all agree that having someone tell you to ‘calm down’ is possibly the worst way to actually get someone to calm down. So… I’ve slowly become more self-aware to know when I need to take 5 to get my head on straight. Keep scrolling to learn how to calm TF down in 5 minutes or less! 1. Tea Time Having a cup of tea is always super calming for me. There are so many of types and flavors specifically for reducing stress and anxiety, we actually keep a few boxes of peppermint and lavender tea at the office! Hibiscus tea is often used to treat high blood pressure, hypertension, and anxiety. Instead of a mid-day coffee pick me up- the CINCteam and I try to have tea time around 2 or 3 pm. It warms me up and puts me in a calming state of mind. 2. Breathing Exercises If you google ‘breathing exercises for calming down’ you’ll find a ton! Regulating your breathing and reducing your heart rate is the best way find calmness and tranquility no matter the situation. The CINCteam and I use the ‘4 7 8’ technique! Basically, inhale for 4 seconds, hold it in for 7 seconds and breath out slowly for 8 seconds! (PS: this breathing technique is also great for falling asleep!) 3. Essential Oils Smell is one of the body’s strongest senses, so I like to use essential oils! Between a little bit of peppermint oil on my temples to stop a headache or some drops of lavender essential oil in a hot bath- these little guys are lifesavers and really help to relax you. 4. Step Away  Stepping away and basically removing yourself from a stressful situation is one of the best ways to chill. Go for a walk, go to the bathroom- just step away. Take in some silence and regroup! Just a few minutes can make all the difference, trust me. 5. Chocolate, duh. Besides being delicious, dark chocolate is actually good for de-stressing! It has tons of antioxidants and makes you happy! Of course, don’t binge- but a little nibble now and then is good for you.