We’ve already had quite the whirlwind 2020 so far and the Autumn is shaping up to be more of the same. Not knowing what the new school year will bring, what it means for our jobs, and how it affects our access to recreational opportunities is something that most of us are feeling right now.
For you, this stress may be manifesting as insomnia, weight fluctuations, stress, and an overall feeling of uneasiness and uncertainty. If this is you, you’re not alone!
To help you get through whatever the Fall and Winter will throw at you, here are 5 ways to calm your mind:
1. Practice Patience
The world is moving at a different, often slower, pace than we’re used to. Things are taking longer and for the most part, we have no control over how long some things take (like the mail for example). Just remember that you can not control what others do or say, but you can control how you act and think.
Practice patience until you can develop your new routines and schedules and remind yourself it doesn’t serve you to worry about things that you can not control.
2. Take care of your body
If you’re feeling “off” or overwhelmed with today’s new loud world, sometimes taking care of your body can help you achieve a little quiet on the inside. It’s about finding your inner peace. Eating balanced, healthy, and whole foods and getting daily exercise can help bring on the calm. Avoid excessive alcohol and do what you can to get a good night’s sleep.
3. Meditate for calm
Meditation is a great way to sync your mind, body, and soul and it doesn’t matter your age or physical ability because there are meditations that can work for you. Meditation usually involves finding a quiet spot, sitting or laying down in a comfortable position, and either listening to calming music or a guided meditation.
Meditation affects your amygdala (the part of your brain that processes emotions) and the effects stay long after the meditation is complete. This can help you better control and manage your emotions and thoughts.
Try this Dancing Fingers Meditation for an easy-to-do meditation when you need some help to calm your mind.
4. Stay Connected
The hardest part for many people during this time is not seeing friends, family, and colleagues in-person. If you’re normally a big hugger or have become accustomed to shaking hands when you meet a business, that lack of physical touch may leave you feeling alone. Humans crave social connection and it can affect your health if you’re not getting your social cup filled.
If you’re feeling lonely, and you can’t safely see people in-person, call up a friend on the phone or get on a video chat. Just looking into someone’s eyes (even if it’s through a computer screen) can help fill your social cup!
5. Take a break
Slow down! Taking a step back for some personal time can be one of the best things you can do for yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed. If the world is getting a bit too loud, go for a calming walk, take a nap, or remove yourself from the situation causing you stress.
To support your efforts to calm your mind, we recommend Veeva Supplements. And, with the holiday season coming up soon, they have a special holiday-scented mister that can help you achieve calm. Their roll-on and vitamin supplements are also easy to take.
At Quiet Mind Co. we have helped hundreds of people achieve inner peace through holistic treatments that are designed to get you into a deep state of relaxation which balances your nervous system so you can sleep better and relieve stress and anxiety. Read more about our services and book your first session to get started.