The second way I conquer unstillness is by journaling, singing, or dancing around my bedroom. I can't begin to articulate how important writing down your thoughts are so you empty them from your mind! Get down your feelings and your stressors, release them from your soul and exhale because that darkness isn't in you, it's on the paper. Let go. Singing, like chanting, produces an energy and when feeling anxious can bring about a smile or laughter. And dancing, especially when silly, evokes laughter, releasing those endorphins (pleasure hormones) and making us feel great!
Speaking of endorphins, exercise is critical for feeling better! This doesn't mean go run 8 miles. Grab your dog (or your iPod) and take a walk, or head down to your basement and lift weights for 10 minutes. These simple tasks make you feel stronger externally and sharpen your mind too.
The last note I want to touch on is diet. Diet is super important for making one feel at ease. This is because your health starts internally. So if you aren't feeding your body "happy" foods (basically anything that comes in a bag or contains sugar) your suffering digestive system brings your mind down too. See they say the digestive system is like the second brain-- full of sensors and constantly interacting with our brain to determine our hunger levels or pain if we eat something crappy. Since they are so intertwined, it just seems obvious that we should nourish a happy belly first. But, for those of you extreme "diet is the end-all" people (me too!) remember that diet isn't the only way to cure unstillness, and like our multi-factored bodies, we should cure it with many techniques for wholeness.
**This article was a bit vague. Although I hate delving in to specifics, many evidence has been shown that along with a deficient diet comes deficient vitamins and minerals that are critical like vitamin D (get some sun!) and magnesium. Get a blood test if you are truly concerned.