How to Bring Calm to Your Life
Do you ever feel your life is out of your control? Is it one thing after another? Does the phrase “running around like a chicken with its head cut off” finally make sense?
Do you suffer from ‘adulting’? You know, never experiencing peace and calm?
Remember the Friends theme song? “So no one told you life was gonna be this way?” <clap, clap, clap, clap>
Crazy, busy is what it is. But all the crazy without periods of calmness is unhealthy.
In today’s world, there is pressure to rush to accomplish task after task. Whether it’s for you or someone else, time doesn’t stop, and, apparently, so shouldn’t you.
But, actually, you should.
Here are some suggestions to help bring a sense of calm into your hectic life.
Start your day off right – ease into it
- Wake up early and don’t rush into your day
- Listen to calming music
- Read a few pages of your favorite book
- Meditate – Remember, don’t become discouraged – meditating is hard and takes a lot of practice
- Breathing exercises – take five long, deep breaths and focus on your lungs and diaphragm
- Stretch or perform a few yoga poses
- Write in a journal
- Eat breakfast…slowly
- Sip your coffee or tea – Can you find time for two cups?
- Have your clothes laid out the night before, your lunch already made, and everything you need for your workday set by the door
- Find the peace and structure that routines provide
Have a pocket full of happiness
What do you enjoy doing? What makes you smile? What makes you slow down?
- Exercise – according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercising for just 10 minutes can release endorphins, pain-killing chemicals that help induce a state of mental and physical peace
- Take a walk
- Chat on the phone with a friend
- Love on your fur babies
Be kind to yourself
- Allow yourself permission to take time for you. “Just you and nobody else but you.” – Marilyn Monroe
- Give yourself some grace
- Put a spin on the Golden Rule – treat yourself the way you would treat others
- Schedule self-care or me-time in your calendar
- Say ‘No’ – And don’t feel guilty about it. When you say ‘Yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself.” – Paola Coehlo
- Go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air
- Accept what you can and cannot control
- Forgive and let go – it’s a great kindness to yourself
- Don’t measure yourself against others – With that said, consider getting off social media
- Be grateful for what you have – write down three things at the end of each day and review them the following morning
- Eliminate unnecessary chaos – even if for only an evening once a week
- Turn off notifications on your phone
- Unplug from social media
- Don’t take things personally
- Create a place for quiet in your home and ask not to be disturbed when you’re in there
- Keep things in perspective – will it make a difference next week? Next year? In five years?
- Get enough sleep
- Focus on what matters to you
Be aware of your stressors and their triggers
- Have a good work-life balance – when one gets the better of you, the other may shortly follow
- Identify your stress
- Address your stress, so it doesn’t get out of hand
- Declutter – surprisingly, clutter can cause stress, and it’s an easy thing to remedy
- Do one task at a time – multitasking can raise your anxiety level
One of the best ways to bring calm to your life is to slow down.
Take a moment. Pause. Breathe. Repeat.
Self-care has been a popular topic lately because it is so important – so try implementing a few of these techniques to bring yourself some calm.