Step outside to gain more perspective! One of the benefits of living in Park City is I’m surrounded by mountains, and can easily escape into the fresh air, set my imagination free, and breathe through whatever issues are on my mind.

An unmistakable sense of peace and serenity fills my spirit when I’m serenaded by the rush of a waterfall, the rustling of leaves, and the chirping of birds.

As much as I love tech gadgets, having a digital detox allows me to give my mind some breathing space and reflect on the choices I’ve made throughout the week. I look forward to those quiet moments.

Plus…We now know that there’s a link between the chemicals released by trees, called phytoncides, and lowered levels of stress hormones!

If you’re looking for more ways to achieve serenity, here are 4 more smart tips…

  • GET MORE MAGNESIUM: This vital mineral is depleted quickly when you’re under duress…and it’s a vicious cycle, because without enough, you feel more emotional and reactive, says New York nutritionist, Dana James. Eat more dark, leafy greens (think spinach and kale). Or, down a smoothie made with magnesium-rich bananas, cocoa and almond milk.
  • PULL EARS, FEEL BETTER: A Trick to try from Steve Kravitz, a Nashville, Tenn. physical therapist: “Hold your ears mid-way down with two fingers, in line with your ear canal. Gently pull both at a 45-degree angle away from your head and hold for 60 seconds. This calms the nerves that surround the central nervous system.”
  • TURN OFF THE PINGING: A British study of office workers found that when they read, and sent emails, their heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels spiked. Before you check Gmail again, ask yourself, Can it wait? (Yes, it can.)
  • HAVE A HAPPY CRY: Here is justification for watching heartwarming pet videos on YouTube: chemicals that build up during stress may be released through tears.

Tips courtesy of Time Magazine