Mind & Spirit

4 relaxation aids to help you de-stress

By: Robin Stevenson

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Mind & Spirit

4 relaxation aids to help you de-stress

By: Robin Stevenson

Meditation DVD  
Need a visual training aid? Yoga instructor Rodney Yee and meditation coach
Maritza guide newbies through different meditations on this DVD, each designed to still the mind, reduce stress and calm the senses. A bonus downloadable program is also included.
Meditation for Beginners, $15, gaiam.ca.
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Muse
This brain-fitness tool, launched by Toronto's InteraXon, uses sensors to measure brain activity. The headband's Calm app (iOS and Android) guides you through attention-training exercises and delivers feedback designed to help you become aware of distractions and regain focus.
Muse Brain Sensing Headband, $299, indigo.ca.
muse brain sensing headband
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Headspace app
Download this app and you're ready to start your mindfulness journey. Former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe walks you through a series of 10-minute guided meditations in the free Take10 program. Want to learn more? Sign up for a monthly ($13) or yearly ($96) subscription for hundreds of hours of meditations. headspace.com.
headspace app
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Colouring books
Break out the coloured pencils—it turns out little kids are on to something. Research suggests this quiet, creative pastime can calm a busy mind and help reduce anxiety.
Color Me Calm (Race Point Publishing) by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter, $19.
color me calm
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Learn how to meditate right now with these seven easy steps.

 

 

This story was originally part of "I Need A Moment" in the August 2015 issue.
           
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