The Little Guide to Calm: Putting Your Mind at Ease
They say stress is likely to affect our body negatively. We sleep less, eat less, and don’t nearly laugh as much as we should, but for some reason, we don’t always recognize it in ourselves. Sure, we’re a bit stressed at work; sometimes annoyed, frustrated, tired, and snapping at the unfortunate others who happened to be around at the wrong time – still, it’s just a little bit of stress, right?
Get it done
Procrastination is fuel for a stressed out mind – and the more you procrastinate, the more helpless you will feel about the situation. Sure, we’ve heard it all before but will probably put off cleaning that bathroom and doing the laundry with another day – it’s just life. That’s not what this advice is about, however. If you’re feeling a bit down, due to the day you had or just those hormones that are controlling our minds, take a look at your chores.
Fixing up your household by making your space fresh and tidy, doing your taxes in advance, finding a good personal injury attorney in case of an accident, and even giving your parents a call – trust me, these are all things that will make you feel good about yourself and more secure. Not only by helping you to deal with the immediate stress of getting things done but more importantly, it will clear your head and make you feel on top of things – regardless of how urgent the task was.
Meditate on it
Although we’re not talking about that three-days course out in the forest, you’re welcome to do this too – especially if you’re into meditation already. For those of you who can’t stand the thought of sitting with your legs crossed and doing nothing for hours; meditation is a state of mind and can be done whether you’re laying down, sitting or running. In the beginning, however, it is probably better to get used to it in a quiet space with little disruptions.
Think about meditation as a form of self-hypnosis. You’re putting yourself in a calm and quiet state, winding down the voice of stress in your head, and telling yourself that everything is alright. Now, that doesn’t sound too daunting, does it? Read more in this in-depth article.
Some tend to do it while doing house chores. You might have done it yourself, without even noticing. When we do something comforting that we’re used to doing, such as doing dishes under warm and soapy water, our thoughts tend to wander – in a good way. Just let them drift off; instead of forcing yourself not to think at all, simply let the thoughts seep naturally through you without paying too much attention to them, like a stream of consciousness, if you will. By the time you’re done with the dishes, you’ll feel relaxed, renewed and even calm – plus, your kitchen is clean.
No matter the quantity of it, stress does affect your body and will leave you feeling tired and grumpy by the end of the day. So pour yourself a huge cup of calm instead, and learn how to wind down once and for all.
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