I always feel ten times more centered, focused and motivated throughout my weeks if I’m staying on routine. Doesn’t it always feel way harder to stick to a routine when the weather is nice, though?!
There’s always a happy hour in lieu of a workout class, or a dinner with friends in place of chores at home and saving money in the kitchen. (Not that I don’t love those extra fun social activities!)
One thing I’ve been working really hard to keep in my routine these last 4-5 weeks regardless of what’s going on in my schedule is using this amazing app to help center myself and focus. More than anything, its been super helpful whenever I’ve had a particularly anxious or stressful moment.
I’ve genuinely never found anything as effective as this app at calming myself down and helping me feel relaxed. *Small disclaimer – this isn’t an ad or sponsored, I seriously just can’t get enough of this app and wanted to share it with all of you right away!
The app (aptly named) is called Calm, and it is a total lifesaver. There is a free version and a paid version, and I truthfully am still using the free one because it has the feature I like and use the most, which is the breathing exercises.
It felt a little silly at first, but now that I’ve really given it a chance, I absolutely love it. It’s most effective with the sound (usually headphones) and if I close my eyes….but basically you simply inhale deeply and hold for a few seconds, and then exhale the same way. It brings my heart rate down, helps me focus, and really calms me in times of anxiety or heightened emotions.
The app has a ton of other features I haven’t explored too much yet, like sleep tracks, meditation (and guided meditation for newbies, and they’ve recently add music tracks for things like sleeping, relaxing, and focusing, too!
You should absolutely give it a try and incorporate it into your routine even once a week. I guarantee you’ll love it as much as I have! You can download it right here (and they even have a desktop version on their site if you’re on your computer!)
Has anyone else found something super effective and simple to help them focus, re-center or relax?? I’d love to hear more suggestions, and I’m always looking to find more options! Leave your favorite in the comments below!