5 Ways to Power Down a Busy Mind
You know you should sleep more, walk more and turn off your phone (that's not happening). Here are a few surprising ways to quiet your brain at different times of day—without going off the grid.
Take a Micro-Rest
When your brain is scattered, you can slow it down in seconds—if you make those seconds count. Jim Loehr, founder of the Human Performance Institute and author of The Only Way to Win
, spent years studying world-class athletes and coaching them to optimal performance. What he discovered using EKG telemetry was that top tennis players (as well as other athletes) strategically used the downtime between points to recover in as little as 16 seconds (poor competitors did not leverage this recovery time). Based on this groundbreaking research, Loehr developed The 16 Second Cure training program for coaches and athletes.
How to do it:
Set a timer for one minute and breathe from the diaphragm (also known as abdominal breathing, in which you allow the belly to expand on the inhale). Make your exhales twice as long as your inhales; this can stimulate your mental recovery.
Try it when:
You're between meetings or you have a big presentation where you've got to be at the top of your game and want to quiet your mental chatter.