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Stop It: The 9 Best Things You Need to Slow the Hell Down

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* Easy ways to put your busy schedule on a time out
* Keep calm and read on to discover helpful tips to relax and de-stress
* Discover books, toys and even a course to help you chill out

We live in a world that’s constantly go, go, go. But sometimes, we have to hit that pause button and focus on ourselves. Everything around us may be moving fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to be — take a breath and discover 9 ways to slow the hell down.

1. “How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World” by Haemin Sunim

With more than 3 million copies sold, “How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World” by Haemin Sunim, passes on the knowledge that even though the world is moving fast, it doesn’t mean we have to be. The bestselling book features eight guideposts to well-being and happiness, including relationships, love and spirituality. The insightful read includes full-color illustrations that reminds us that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.

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2. Meditate

Whether the idea of meditation intimidates you or you simply don’t know how, learn how to focus your mind, increase your attention span and relax with these six beginner items to get you on the path of zen and tranquility.

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Reclaim your attention span

  

3. Liquid Motion Bubble Timer

This elegant bubble timer provides endless hours of calming entertainment. The descending bubbles and the mix of two soft colored bubbles have a soothing and mesmerizing effect that boasts calming benefits when everything around is speeding by. This magical toy can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and can help those with sensory or hyperactivity issues. Sleek and stylish, this one-of-a-kind Liquid Motion Bubble Timer also looks great on an office desk.

Bonus: Looking for another way to de-stress and stay focused? Get in on the spinning action with one of the trendiest toys of 2017: the fidget spinner.

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4. Block Access to Internet

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Although Bitdefender was created to help parents block their child’s internet access for a specific time, you can do the same for yourself to help control your world wide web intake or to simply take a break from Facebook and Instagram. Learn how to block your internet access here.

  

5. Get a Massage

Sometimes, a good rub down is all it takes to ease your mind and minimize stress. Going to a professional masseuse is an option, but if you’re looking to save money, SPY’s picks for 7 best personal massagers will help you achieve a more relaxed you all in the comfort of your own home.

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Best personal massagers

  

6. Aromatherapy Kit

With calming scents like Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemongrass and Sweet Orange, let your worries melt away with the help of this 100% pure Aromatherapy Kit by Pure Joy. Aromatherapy relieves stress and boosts energy levels; for those suffering with depression and insomnia, it also helps regulates sleep and acts as an anti-depressant. And if you feel a cold or a headache coming along, the anti-microbial and antibacterial effects can protect you from any number of illnesses and infections that could damage your system.

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7. Get Outdoors

When you’re feeling the pressure build up around you, escape the stress by taking a hike. Staying cooped up in your office can spell trouble for your mental well-being. At lunch or after work, grab a pair of these affordable hiking boots and enjoy some much-needed fresh air and sunshine. You’ll return feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and perhaps, even more inspired.

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Take a hike

  

8. (Re)-Learn How to Breathe

Think you really know how to breathe? Think again. The 16-lecture “Breathing Made Easy” course will teach you how to use diaphragmatic breathing to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and become more focused and effective.

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9. Do Something That’s Not Goal-Oriented

Whether for personal or professional gain, having goals are an awesome way to keep you motivated. But sometimes, doing something without a definite objective can be fun too, like coloring.

Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. It may seem infantile or a waste of your precious (and limited) time, but for over 100 years, coloring has been used as a fun alternative to meditation. Check out these 5 awesome adult coloring books that will help you relax and unleash your creative side.

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Adult coloring books

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