Counting backwards

A trick I learned I a self hypnosis years ago, to keep your brain from wandering off, give it a simple but occupying task, like counting backwards from 300. Seems to work nicely when approaching a sit from a busy day with a mind trying to plan ahead!
when I was deep into my French factor stuff, I made a habit of daily tea. I would turn off my phone, close my door and sit and genuinely relax for 15 minutes. It was nothing as formal as this, but it helped. I need more of this. I’m feeling calmer already and that’s with barely wedging practice into my day!