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3 ways to stay zen / daily culture

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I enjoy keeping busy; I think most people are the same way. Life is go go go, and sometimes it’s hard to slow down even for a second.

No matter the industry you’re in, you probably deal with stressful situations on a daily basis, and it’s important to be able to handle that stress. I’m no expert by any means…but here are some things I’ve found that help me maintain my cool and stay zen every day.

take deep breaths

When you’re stressed and overwhelmed, it’s easy for your mind to start spinning. Try to stay positive, and take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. Take in five long deep breaths, letting your whole body relax, and you’ll start to feel a little better. It will help you regroup and move on.

These breathing techniques can help you.

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meditate daily

Breathing leads me to my next saving grace – meditation. It’s something I’ve started practicing a few times a week, and it’s helped me become more calm and balanced. Spending an hour a day meditating can do wonders. Afterward, you’ll feel refreshed, focused and ready to conquer what’s next.

“A 2011 Harvard study found that a mere eight weeks of daily meditation physically alters the brain’s grey matter, increasing density in the hippocamus (linked to memory and learning) and decreasing density in the amygdala (associated with stress and anxiety).” – outsideonline.com.

Check out 10 of the best free guided meditation sites to start.

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get some space

Making an effort to take an hour a day to separate yourself from technology can help your attention span and help you relax. “I forgot my phone” is a great reminder of how much technology consumes us.

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It’s ironic I’m writing a blog on my laptop as I’m trying to convey how important it is to get away from technology…so I’m going to wrap it up here and head outside! 🙂

But please share – how do you stay zen?

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