5. Drink tea
Most warm drinks are soothing, but teas with little or no caffeine content are a top choice, as they lack any stimulant to activate your mind. Look for rooibos blends, herbal teas, and decaffeinated green tea. The latter contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps quench anger and promotes sleep.
6. Change your activity
Whether you’re unable to focus on a task or you’re struggling to sleep, doing something different can help reset your mind. During the day, go for a brief walk, even if it’s to the kitchen for some ice water. If you’re in bed, get up and read a book for a few minutes, do a crossword puzzle or find something else to calm your mind—just don’t look at a screen, as the artificial light it emits can further disrupt sleep.
7. Inhale a fresh fragrance
Aromatherapy helps calm the body and mind. If you’re outdoors, find the nearest flower garden or patch and breath deep—honeysuckle, roses and lilacs are especially fragrant blooms. Sniffing an essential oil like lavender, tea tree or citrus can also reduce stress and quash negative emotions. Or you could sniff coffee beans—one study found that inhaling their roasty aroma eased sleep-related stress.
8. Listen to music
If you want to stop your thoughts from racing on an endless loop, play songs you know the words to and sing along (dancing is also en- couraged!). If relaxation is your goal, try classical music, smooth jazz or even calming sounds—as long as the tunes don’t exceed 60 to 80 beats per minute.
9. Try a supplement
Sometimes, other techniques still don’t seem to do the trick. So if you’re really having trouble calming your mind, try Blissful Sleep at bed- time. This all-natural supplement, derived from whole foods, contains magnesium, l-theanine, valerian root extract, chamomile flower and other proven all natural herbs that promote a good night’s rest.