There’s no denying it, life can be hectic and sometimes, even the littlest of things can seem the most irritating. From the earphones that won’t untangle to the realisation that there’s no chocolate left in the cupboard, when you get caught up in the chaos of everyday life, it can be hard to keep your cool.
But are there ways of stopping the stress before it comes, so that we can all enjoy life as tranquil as possible? With the smallest of lifestyle changes, which a) don’t take a massive chunk of time out of your day and b) will leave your earphones intact and save them from scissor destruction, your lifestyle can be much calmer
With that in mind, here are my 5 ways to stay calm in everyday life, to keep the stress at bay and make you feel more motivated to take on the world.
Have a Cup of Tea
You know how much I love a good cup of tea. Popping the kettle on is one of my first ports of call if I’m feeling flustered. Nowadays, there’s a trend to grab a tea (or coffee) to takeaway and not appreciate the benefits it’s doing for you. I often think of a cup of tea as a relaxing, hot bubble bath in drink form. For me, it’s too hot for a bath in this current heatwave, but that sigh of relief when stepping into a bath is the same sigh when you have that first sip of tea. However, instead of scolding your tongue as you attempt to down your tea whilst doing other tasks, just take 5 minutes to sit down with mug in hand and live in the moment. It’s one of the easiest ways to find calm in moments of stress.
Being in Devon over the summer of 2018 made me realise how relaxing the ocean is. There’s something so calming about that open space in front of you, devoid of the clutter of everyday life. You don’t have to live near the sea to feel the benefit either. Go on YouTube or Spotify and you can find an array of soundtracks based around the sounds of the ocean. Find somewhere comfy to sit or lie down, and close your eyes for a few minutes, whilst listening to the sounds of the sea.
This might sound like I’m just talking about exercising, which yes, is true in a way, but personally, I don’t find going to the gym calming. Motivating and satisfying, sure, but when there’s music blaring around you and people lifting weights, there’s nothing calm about that. To exercise and feel calm at the same time, I think going out into the fresh air is key. Whether that’s doing a 20-minute walk around where you live, visiting your local park or reservoir, or if you’re lucky enough, going on cliff walks and swimming in the sea. Reminding yourself to breathe properly and feeling the fresh air fill your lungs is calming in itself. I’m not usually one for spending time in the ocean, but I have thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the sea these past few days and admiring the scenery around me. It’s refreshing and uplifting, ideal for staying calm.
Visiting Other Worlds
I couldn’t think of a clear sub-title for this section, but I’ll explain what I mean by this. If you’re feeling stressed, take a moment to escape. Of course, I’m not saying that you should ignore challenges in your everyday life, but you can take a break from them and give your mind some distraction. Whether it’s listening to music, reading a book, or watching TV, immersing yourself in a good plot or some great lyrics gives you the chance to have a rest and emerge ready to get stuff done!
You’re NOT Alone
Sometimes, if we’re not careful, life can get the better of us. To avoid busy lifestyle stress and the feeling of wanting to pull your hair out, just remember that you are not alone, which hopefully will make you calmer. There will always be someone to support you, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help and say that the ‘hecticness’ of life is a struggle.
Let me know if you have found these tips helpful to stay calm, so the phrase ‘running around like a headless chicken’ never has to be used again!