Feeling stressed out? Snag our 10 tips for instant calm...
“I feel so burned out.”
“I don’t know if I’m doing what I’m meant to do.”
“I’m wired, tired and feel this constant knot in my stomach.” “I can’t explain it; I just feel off.”
Any of that sound familiar? If so, you’ll love these 10 fast, simple Reiki-inspired
tips you can do RIGHT NOW to find your center, balance your energy and just flat-
out feel good! No fancy tools or expensive programs required.
Let’s get started!
If you’re in modern society (and you are if you’re reading this), you take breathing
for granted. Holding your breath, not breathing deeply enough – it’s a major
energy drain. The great news? It’s free, fast (and easy) to fix.
DO RIGHT NOW: Take 5 belly breaths- bring your hands into prayer position,
fingers interlaced, arms straight out in front. Inhale as you lift your arms over
your head, resting on neck. Hold 3 seconds. Exhale while bringing your arms back
to starting position. Repeat 4 more times.
#2 FEEL YOUR FEET
I don’t mean look at your feet or give them long, lingering strokes. (Save that for
later.) I mean feel them. Getting into our feet can be a quick and effective way of
getting out of our heads!
DO RIGHT NOW: Wiggle your toes and really feel your feet in your shoe or on the
ground. What sensations do you feel? Do this for a few minutes, preferably outside
in the dirt or grass. Concentrate on your toes, your arch, the heel, etc.
Writing is a great release. And I’m not talking about channeling your inner
Hemmingway. This isn’t an exercise in creativity. It’s a chance to clear out your
mind, even if you just have a few minutes.
DO RIGHT NOW: Grab a paper and a pen and allow the words to be released from
your mind and into the paper. Make this your intention. ‘As I write these thoughts,
they’re no longer needed in my mind; I release these thoughts now.’
#4 GET OUTSIDE
The sun and its powerful healing energy can make a HUGE difference in our
perception of problems. We’re gifted with (almost) year-round sunshine in San
Diego, which makes it easy to catch some rays. But even if it’s overcast or rainy,
snatching some fresh outside air helps rev up your mind and body.
DO RIGHT NOW: Simply enjoy the sunshine in a nice comfy chair or in the grass,
feeling the earth on your feet. Or if you have the time, go for a nice run or hike!
I’ve got good news: there’s no right or wrong way to meditate. Worried about a
wandering mind? Guided meditations, apps and podcasts are a great resource.
(Two of my favorites: Insight Timer (app) includes customization options and a
wide range of guided meditations. Guided to Spirit is a fantastic podcast.)
DO RIGHT NOW: Set a timer and get comfortable (seated or laying down). Breathe
evenly and just focus on bringing your attention back as your mind wanders. You
aren’t doing it ‘wrong’, I promise!
#6 TALK TO YOURSELF
Ask yourself what you need and really listen to the answer. If it’s 3pm on a
Tuesday afternoon and your body says ‘I need a nap’, don’t judge yourself! Instead
make a deal with yourself. ‘Well Self, I have a big meeting at 4 so I can’t nap now.
But we’ll go to bed early tonight!’ Just stick to the deal you made. Your body
DO RIGHT NOW: Take a few minutes and ask yourself what you need. Write the
answer(s) down and start thinking of you can fulfill the request, directly or
#7 EAT SOME DARK CHOCOLATE
Yes, you read that right. I am ordering you to eat some dark chocolate right now!
As made popular in the Harry Potter films, chocolate, specifically dark chocolate,
has analgesic properties and eating it has been proven to release endorphins
(which make us feel good)! There, your reason to always have chocolate in your
DO RIGHT NOW: Eat some dark chocolate.
#8 DRY BRUSH
If you have a dry brush at home, regular use is not only helpful for your skin but
for your entire energetic field and circulatory system. It also reduces cellulite! I
suggest doing this daily. The bristles are a bit coarse at first, so brush lightly until
your skin can handle more.
DO RIGHT NOW: Set an intention while you brush (maybe it’s to take more time for
yourself!) Working with a positive intention makes your practice more fruitful and
gets your mind in the right space! Start the brush at your feet, lightly brushing up
towards the head, making your way all the way up the body. Follow with a warm
bath or shower.
When I used to have serious bouts of panic, I sometimes found it helpful dive into
a book. It was a nice way to get away from myself for a bit and be completely
engrossed in the drama of another reality.
DO RIGHT NOW: Grab a book and set a timer. Reading even 10 minutes a day is a
great way to clear your mind.
#10 SIT WITH IT
I know, ‘sit with it’ doesn’t seem all that productive, does it? However, this one is
HUGE. We convince ourselves that we ‘don’t have time’. You may find that once
you ditch the unnecessary desire to bury your feelings, all they really needed was
a little attention. Give yourself that space.
DO RIGHT NOW: Whatever it is that’s on your mind, sit with it. Allow the emotion to
run its course through your body and just listen. Set a timer if you feel pressed for
time. Optional: break out pen and paper to record any insights that pop up.
Thank you SO much for taking the time to read through these tips! They’re all
about building your best life, no matter what’s going on around you. You and your
wellbeing are worth it!
Remember: your body holds the wisdom of the universe. Reiki and these tips are
tools that help you harness the awesomeness that’s already inside you!
But life gets cray-cray sometimes, right? So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just
plain busy, and want someone to guide you toward your happy place, we can work
through those blockages together. Just book a session or get in touch.
Now get outside, soak up some sun and read a book. Bonus points if you work
some dark chocolate in there.