Just yesterday, I found myself overwhelmed - heart racing, mind spiraling. Then I stopped, closed my eyes, and took 5 deep breaths. I imagined walking along a tranquil beach, feet in the sand, waves lapping gently. I felt my tight muscles begin to relax. At that moment, I was at peace. In these chaotic and uncertain times, many of us feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. The constant influx of upsetting news and demands of daily life can seem relentless. But there are many effective ways to restore inner peace and calm - even during turbulent times.
This article provides tips backed by reputable studies from sources such as Harvard Health and the American Psychological Association. You'll find a comprehensive set of strategies to help you:
- Start your day grounded and centered
- Stay mindful and present throughout the day
- Make time for joy and self-care
- Create serene spaces to decompress
- Tap into relaxation anytime using your senses
- Focus on what you can control
Implement even a few of these suggestions, and you'll be taking steps to reduce anxiety and cultivate daily tranquility. Read on for my advice to guide you toward strength, clarity, and joy.
Start the Day Right
Beginning each morning grounded and peaceful sets the tone for the whole day ahead. Try these rituals to start your day off right:
- Begin by setting a positive intention or listing 3-5 things you are grateful for. This centers your mindset.
- Get up 15 minutes early for bonus relaxation before tasks. Enjoy the sunrise, meditate, and sip tea. This peaceful time is a gift to yourself.
Make Time for Joy and Connection
Don't neglect activities and relationships that replenish your spirit and cultivate joy:
- Share laughs - humor relaxes muscles for up to 45 minutes! I love starting my day by watching a funny video.
- Spend time on activities you enjoy and with supportive loved ones. In uncertain times, connections are key for well-being.
Move Your Body
Physical movement is a powerful stress reliever. Sitting in one place for too long without movement will make you feel restless. Find ways to get active that you enjoy, whether it's dancing, yoga, or even just a brisk walk. Exercise has been shown in countless studies, such as those by the Mayo Clinic, to be an effective way of reducing stress. Even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes, go outside and get some fresh air.
- Exercise 30-60 minutes daily, choosing activities you enjoy. Stay present during movement. Getting your heart pumping relieves stress.
- I love wearing my fitness tracker. It reminds me to get steps in and motivates me to keep moving!
Create a Calm Environment
Your surroundings can help cultivate inner peace. Make your home a sanctuary. There's a reason why Marie Kondo's method of decluttering and organizing your home took the world by storm - a tidy environment fosters calmness and productivity.
- Declutter and organize your home. Read up on Feng Shui. Designate relaxing areas like reading nooks. Use calming scents like lavender.
- Unplug regularly from devices. Disconnecting helps avoid being overwhelmed by the constant influx of stressful news.
- Silence your smartphone. Smartphones have become THE number one distraction for so many of us and most of the time we aren’t even doing anything productive on them. If you are like me, you spend the least time on your phone, actually talking on it as a phone! Learn to put your cell phone away or slide it to Airplane or Do Not Disturb mode so you don’t keep getting those distracting notifications.
Sometimes all we need is a change of environment, something different to look at. Go to your local library, a cafe, or even just a different room in the house. Maybe you just need to get out and find some more inspiration. Staying put in one place to achieve all your tasks can feel dull, find alternative places to get your mind stimulated again. Think of it as a vacation for your senses!
Engage in Soothing Activities
Make time for hobbies, reflection, and practices that soothe your worried mind. Consider getting perspective from a psychic reading on situations beyond your comfort zone, or even just for personal growth and understanding.
- Puzzles like Sudoku occupy your mind, letting worries temporarily fade away.
- Spiritual meditation/prayer provides calming daily reflection, regardless of faith. Research shows meditation lowers stress and anxiety.
- Consider getting perspective from a psychic reading on situations beyond your comfort zone.
- Listen to music. Music sometimes can be a distraction when trying to focus on getting work done. However, if you’re feeling stressed, take a short break and focus on the sounds of your favorite genre. You will start to feel more relaxed and ready to take on your tasks.
- Aim for quality sleep by avoiding electronics before bed and sticking to a routine. Proper rest is essential.
Find Calm When Options Are Limited
I understand many of you are dealing with constraints like financial hardship, inflexible jobs, or caretaking responsibilities that limit your ability to follow all these suggestions. Please be compassionate with yourself if your situation makes it hard to practice extensive self-care right now.
Still, even small steps can provide relief...so,
Focus on What You Can Control
It's easy to feel hopeless about world events. But bring your focus to aspects of your life you can control. Taking small actions around your concerns can significantly reduce feelings of overwhelm.
- If worried about healthcare costs, start a medical savings account.
- Get active about causes important to you through petitions, campaigns, protests, or donations.
- If family obligations are draining, set firm boundaries or trade childcare with friends.
Take small actions around your concerns. Work on accepting what's beyond your power.
Continue Your Self-Care Journey
There are many paths to reducing stress - from essential oils to massage. Start small with manageable steps. During turbulent times, self-care is essential. Remember that each step you take towards self-care brings you closer to creating a peaceful sanctuary within yourself.
I hope these tips help you tap into pockets of peace and calm. Begin with just a few strategies that appeal to you today. With practice, you'll find your mind is clearer, your body is calmer, and your spirit is more uplifted. You're capable of cultivating calm amidst the chaos. Be gentle with yourself. And remember that inner tranquility is always available - you simply need to open your heart and mind to receive it.
Should you need guidance or wish to delve deeper into this journey, give me or any of the advisors at Psychic Source a call!