Researchers report that simple things can be a huge support in creating a pathway to move you from stress into the calm in a very short space of time.
Watching Fish Swimming
Installing a screen saver where fish, turtles and other sea creatures are cruising around in a tank can reduce blood pressure and reduce stress according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fish swimming have also been shown to calm children with ADHD and reduce erratic behaviour in Alzheimer’s patients researchers have found. The exact mechanism of how it works is unknown, however it has been postulated that watching fish glide slowly around a tank or in an aquarium is hypnotic.
The simple fact that watching something effortlessly cruising around a tank is calming and it’s hard to feel stressed when you are in a relaxed state.
For decades, Dentists and other health care practitioners have installed fish tanks in their offices to calm down patients prior to treatment. I was in a lawyer’s office in Los Angeles last year and he had a huge fish tank in the waiting room to calm his clients.
Visiting an aquarium, buying a fish tank for your office or home or installing a screen saver that gives you the feeling of being in an aquarium all produce the same de-stressing calming effect.
Using a Mantra
A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing reported that people who chant a mantra over and over are able to de-stress. The article explains that a mantra allows you to refocus your mind and it’s a form of meditation.
The author Upperton says find words like ‘calm’ or ‘relax’ and start repeating the word or a short phrase your create when you’re doing a non-stressful activity. He says, “eventually your brain will associate that word with feeling calm. When you feel stressed, repeat the same word or phrase. Because the word is normally associated with relaxation, your body will naturally calm down. You can use your mantra anywhere, and nobody need know.”
Playing Computer Games
Researchers at East Carolina University report that playing a non-violent computer game for 20 minutes a day can reduce stress hormones by 17%. Author Carmen Russoniello said… “Some games activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces tension and cognitive distraction allows people to rejuvenate. The most effective games are the ones that allow people to fall into a steady rhythm so they aren’t too bored or too challenged.”