How do you feel when your kids are yelling and screaming at each other or at you?
What’s it like to crawl along in bumper to bumper traffic for a half hour because of an accident up ahead knowing you have an important meeting to be at in 20 minutes?
What do you do when your boss’s hair is on fire because she needs a report for her meeting in that’s happening in 5 minutes that she only told you about 15 minutes ago?
Do these kinds of situations make you go a little off the deep end? Maybe a lot off the deep end?
Would you like to know how to keep your mind calm even when the world’s around you seems to be spinning out of control?
There are some simple practices you can use that are easy to learn and that you can start practicing today. Practices that are all part of the art and science of Mindful Mind Hacking.
What is Mindful Mind Hacking?
Mindful Mind hacking is a series of practices and exercises that are part of over 40 years of research into how peak performers stay calm and operate at a peak level, no matter what kind of situation they find themselves in. These are practices that anyone can learn to calm your mind, so you can focus on what you need to do to accomplish what’s needed in the moment.
In other words, Mindful Mind Hacking is about learning how to take control of your thinking.
Let’s take a quick look at five of these practices.
5 Mindful Mind Hacks You Can Use to Keep Your Mind Calm No Matter What’s Going On
Belly breathing is simply paying attention to your breaths as you breathe deeply into your abdomen. This simple act will help you quickly calm your mind and reduce your anxiety.
Belly breathing helps you by focusing your mind on the moment. This allows you to release your cares and worries.
Additionally, just a few deep breaths help relax your muscles and gives your brain more oxygen to help you think more clearly.
- Practice Showing Gratitude
Showing gratitude helps you change your focus. This focus will help your mind find peace. Being thankful and saying it can help you see the positive things that are around you.
Show your gratitude by sending an email, making a phone call or writing a note to someone you’re grateful to.
As you stop to send your gratefulness you are placing yourself squarely in the present moment. When your mind is on the present moment, there’s no room for future worries or past regrets
How often do you smile during the day?
Smiling brings about happy thoughts, bringing you to an instant happier mood.
If you smile at others it will brighten their mood too.
It helps relax your body and mind. It also does wonders for your immune system while reducing stress.
An article in the Journal of Psychological Science showed that even a fake smile can have a positive effect on the body.
Try smiling right now.
You are already feeling lighter and more carefree. Most likely your thoughts are happier.
Make it a habit to smile at least every hour. It will do wonders to keep your mind calm and happy.
- Unplug for a Little While
This one can be hard but turning off your phone and other devices is a great way to calm your mind. Constant communication and connection might seem great, but it makes it extremely difficult to slow down and relax.
If you want to keep your mind calm, make a practice of turning off your phones, tablets, computers and other devices for 15, 30 or even 60 minutes at a time. By disconnecting from technology for brief periods, you’ll be able to keep your mind calm and relaxed.
- Take a Walk
While the best practice is to take a hike in nature, just taking a walk around your building can be a great way to calm your mind and reduce your stress.
If you can, explore a park, trail, or other natural area near you. As you do take in the sounds, smells, and sights you encounter as you walk. This will have a soothing effect on your brain and body.
Start Using These Practices to Keep Your Mind Calm Today!
Take a few minutes a day to start using these practices. They’re easy to do and you’ll see immediate results. Soon you will be able to keep your mind calm the way peak performers do, no matter what’s going on around you.
One last thing.
These practices will work but only if you use them.
So, start using them today!