If you’re looking for how to calm down, this method will both help you calm down and it will retrain your brain to remain calm when upsets happen.
This is a great way to calm an anxious mind and body is to do something that likely comes naturally to you – putting your hand to your forehead.
Donna Eden, the author of the book Energy Medicine, calls these forehead points the “Oh my God,” points. Because when we have a shock, or get upset, we are likely to say “Oh my God,” while raising a hand to our forehead.
When you feel anxious, stressed, frightened or worried, one natural response is for the mind and body to shift into the fight or flight response.
When we move into fight or flight, the blood supply is diverted away from the logical forebrain and back into the primitive reptilian brain.
Your primitive reptilian brain is far better for producing quick and effective defensive action, the kind that you need in a life or death situation or physical threat, than your more advanced, logical brain.
But your primitive brain isn’t good at deciding whether the stress is threatening your life or not.
Stress can put you into that primitive fight or flight response whether you are facing a physical threat, a conflict at work, a relationship spat or a traffic jam.
This crisis response was helpful in helping humans to evolve to the place we are now. But it’s harmful to our health, tranquility and ability to respond resourcefully to the types of problems we typically face.
You wouldn’t have had much luck asking our primitive ancestors how to calm down!
Retraining Your Brain
You can reprogram your autonomic nervous system so that it no longer sends the blood supply back to your primitive brain when you encounter a daily stress.
When you train your nervous system to keep the blood in your forebrain, you’ll be able to think more clearly. You’ll be more resourceful and creative with the daily challenges and stresses of life.
When you hold certain spots on your forehead – while keeping the stressful thought in mind, you condition your primitive brain to have a relaxed instead of emergency response to the thought.
You are resetting your nervous system so that the stress response is not activated.
When you do this for a number of stressful issues, you’ll gradually retrain your brain to remain in a relaxed and resourceful – thinking – state, even in the face of life’s challenges.
This technique is simple and easy to do.
It can bring your greater peace of mind and keep you from automatically triggering the stress-response cycle. And, as a bonus, it will help you maintain or improve your health!
The areas you touch are called neurovascular holding points.
How to Calm Down
Bring to mind the stressful thought.
Really focus on it and allow yourself to feel bad about it. That’s one of the wonderful things about this technique.
You don’t have to “try” to be positive.
In fact, it helps the method to work better if you really let yourself sink into the bad feelings.
As the blood returns to your forebrain, you’ll feel less stressed about the situation. You’re reconditioning your responses and at the same time, feeling better about something that was stressful.
When you softly hold the points for between one and five minutes, you will increase the blood circulation to the part of the body the points affect.
Holding the forehead neurovascular points, which are called the frontal eminences, affects blood circulation throughout the entire body.
Equally valuable, holding these points will keep the blood from leaving your forebrain or even draw it back into your forebrain if you’ve “lost it.”
1. Lightly place your fingertips on your forehead, with your fingertips resting lightly on the frontal eminences – those Oh My God points.
2. Rest your thumbs on your temples, next to your eyes
3. Breath slowly and deeply
4. Let your mind sink into the issue that stressed you, thinking all the stressful thoughts and feeling the full brunt of the negative emotions.
5. Rest like this for one to five minutes, feeling for the return of a light pulse under your fingers. As the blood returns, you’ll find that you are thinking more clearly.
That’s it! This is both how to calm down and how to retrain your brain to remain in a resourceful state next time something stressful comes your way.
It’s always helpful to take immediate action, to put what you have learned in place. This makes it more likely that you’ll use what you’re learning when you really need it.
1. Take just 30 seconds now and do the five simple steps above.
2. In the comments below, tell us when you are likely to next really need this how to calm down by retraining your brain method.
To a calm and healthy you!
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