Ever feel overwhelmed, like you just don’t know how you can keep up? Don’t feel like you are the only one; Just look around, and I’m sure you’ll find others who feel just like you. So take a deep breath, relax, and read on to find three tactics for adding more calm to your life.
Step Away from Normal: Look for ways to disconnect. Take a personal day from your routine and just chill doing something that you love. Get a massage. Meet your mom for lunch. Go shopping. Clean out a closet. Okay, that last one may not work for some of you, but for others (myself included) organizing a closet is therapeutic. When you step away from your normal day-to-day and mix it up with something that you know will make you feel better, guess what? You will feel better!
Take a Social Media Vaca: I don’t know about you, but I spend way too much time on social media. It’s the black hole of my workday, sucking me into a portal of who-knows-whatever-catches-my-interest. It’s a nasty, but necessary tool for staying connected with friends, family, potential clients, and networking opportunities. What would it feel like to have one day with no social media? Does it feel painful? If so, then you really need to step away! While you are not sitting on your butt watching FaceBook videos making fun of our presidential candidates or looking at the latest puppy pics posted by your daughter-in-law, you can be doing something you love! See above paragraph for a refresher.
Get out in Nature: Okay, I’m biased about this one, but there is nothing more calming to me than being outside. Whether it’s sitting on a park bench watching a passerby or riding the bike that you have stored in your garage, getting outside to breathe some fresh air and relax amongst the trees is good therapy. Assuming, of course, that you don’t live in a smog-infested city, in which case if you do, I suggest moving to a cleaner, healthier environment while at the same time advocating for more stringent emission controls.
Look for a Laugh: Look for anything that will put a smile on your face. Better yet, look for something you know will make you laugh. Go to a matinee and watch a comedy, or go to the library and check out a book that will get you laughing. Here’s a great list from The Huffington Post to get you started.
A one-day reprieve may not eliminate all of your anxiety, but it will certainly help you relax and readjust your set-point closer to calm. And don’t forget, ten deep breaths can do wonders!
Sheila Callaham is a writer and life coach who blogs about what she most needs to hear. Her latest motto is, “Don’t worry; we’re all in this together.” Connect with Sheila on your favorite social media platform. If she’s not there, it’s because she doesn’t like it as much as FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and occasionally Pinterest.