I have found that one or more of the following approaches, exercise, reading and listening to Buddhist philosophy, most help me to find my inner calm after a busy day in the Fivelements kitchens.
- Getting physical – Physical activity, preferably outside, helps me reduce stress. Running, for example, is a great way to let the physical body work hard while the mental and emotional sides of me relax. Alternatively, I find yoga is very helpful, especially when focusing on breathing exercises too, bringing me into the present moment and calming my mind.
- Reconnecting with home – Being back home is already a tonic for me after a tough day at work. Picking up a book for a soothing read is always relaxing.
- Bringing in expert help – I also find that listening to philosophers like Alan Watts or Jiddu Krishnamurti put life into perspective, helping minimize the stress I’m feeling after work enormously.