Anyone else feeling super stressed out since the start of the year? For me I’ve been battling the flu and a stomach bacteria but I feel like I’ve fallen so far behind on my 2020 goals by being out of commission for a week. A calmer life is something I need right now between taking meds, doctors appointments, and everything else.
It really highlighted for me how we prioritize doing things and making ourselves busy rather than prioritizing relieving stress.
Do you feel guilty when your stress levels are low so you start piling things onto your to-do list? Ah, so it’s not just me!
I know it’s an important part of self-care but I still have issues putting my money where my mouth is.
Failing to make your stress levels a priority has a huge effect on mental health and that’s why I want to share some quick and easy tips!
Making an effort to focus on being calm also has the bonus effect of spreading to the people around you, especially the people in your household. Think of what it would be like if you spent less time stressing together and more time on calm so that you could tackle issues together!
That’s what I love about self-care, it transforms so many parts of your life.
Let’s talk about being calm!
Surround Yourself With Positivity
Often you start your morning off without that much intense emotion, and this can mean that you’re pretty much open to allowing anyone or anything to drastically affect how you feel for the rest of the day.
Alternatively, when you wake up feeling motivated and inspired, bumps in the road will not have a huge impact on your day as you have much more positive and encouraging things to focus on.
As a result, your morning routine is the best place to start on your journey to leading a much calmer life!
So moving on from there most people go to work, so focus on how to make your workspace calmer.
Angry bosses that are never content with your work need to be spoken to with seriousness and boundaries need to be created. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to start seriously thinking about a job search.
Next we have our family members. Again, boundaries are key. Family members that encourage you to doubt your decisions or regret choices you have made need to have their boundaries reassessed. Life is too short to allow other people to drag you down and encourage feelings of stress and anxiety. Don’t let them make you feel negative or disappointed.
Surrounding yourself with positivity also extends to your physical environment. Humans are visual creatures, so surrounding yourself with inspiring and comforting images and words also goes a long way to help you feel more positive. Your environment and surroundings can have a massive effect on you, so make sure that it makes you feel as happy and as calm as possible. Whether that’s hanging up an inspirational quote, having stacks of positive films and books that make you happy on hand, or your favorite photos with family and friends, inspiring surroundings go a long way in boosting your spirits and maintaining calm energy.
Calming Activities To Try
There are a wealth of calming activities that might just be the perfect way for you to occupy your time. So it’s a great idea for you to give some of these a try! Try everything and see what works for you!
First off, the Chinese tradition of meditation is one of the oldest practices on record that can encourage greater feelings of peace and tranquility. There are thousands of tutorials and sequences online that you can take advantage of to begin your meditative journey. I absolutely love meditation and it has always helped me find my inner calm.
Calming Social Media
Following inspirational accounts on social media and refreshing your smartphone to become a more calm-friendly environment will help to improve your levels is positivity. Stop following accounts and influencers that bring up negative and toxic feelings. Start focusing on brands, accounts, and influencers that help you focus on what’s really important.
You might want to try searching for some influencers that are respected for other more valuable reasons. Prem Rawat who is a recognised ambassador for peace. My own instagram which is super colorful! Accounts that inspire you. There are many inspirational people and pages on the internet that you can take advantage of. Don’t be afraid to do some research and identify where you need some calming inspiration in your life!
Find a Calming Hobby
There are so many hobbies that can help you focus on being calmer. Things that engage your mind like legos and puzzles are great! Hobbies that help you busy your hands like crochet and knitting are awesome great helpers. You can also get artsy and creative with drawing or painting. THe important thing is letting it be fun instead of focusing on perfection!