When you're frazzled, this trick will help you calm down and recharge.

By Jane Bianchi
  • Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor, keeping your back upright.
  • Either close your eyes or rest your gaze on a single spot in front of you.
  • Breathe through your nose; feel your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils. Your mind may wander, but just remember to gently bring your thoughts back to the breath.
  • You may feel sleepy, so avoid trying this during your low-energy times (like right after meals).

Focusing your attention inward for 20 minutes a day can decrease anxiety, says recent research. Those who practiced the above form of mediation for five days in a row also reported higher energy levels.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the February 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.