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As if someone suddenly opened Pandora’s Box and madness ensued.
Till now, we have witnessed many unimaginable things, from people in the UK and Australia rushing to buy toilet papers and emptying shelves to citizens in Bolivia injecting themselves with bleach to cure COVID-19.
Since early 2020, life’s been one emotional rollercoaster ride. And there’s no doubt that most people worldwide have been struggling to stay afloat and remain calm in an otherwise chaotic environment.
On top of that, your friends telling you to take a chill pill and letting things go won’t do you any good in the long run. Since pent-up sadness and anger can build up and spill over in devastating ways.
So what steps can you follow to bring more calmness into your life?
Avoid Checking Your Phone Early Morning
The essential role of meditation in our lives should not be tossed aside. Some people believe that closing your eyes and not thinking about anything else is impossible, especially in this oversaturated world of constant distractions by social media.
However, the key is to establish a routine. When you prepare yourself to go to bed, turn off your Wi-Fi. This way, no one can message you in the middle of the night, the sounds of notifications won’t wake you up, and you’ll get a good night’s sleep.
Moreover, when you get up in the morning, try not to turn on your Wi-Fi immediately to check your social media. Instead, take time to stretch out your limbs and slowly get up.
After calmly washing your face and brushing your teeth, take time to make your breakfast.
Check your phone for any messages only after you do all these tasks.If you start your early mornings with less information to process, your brain will be much more pleased, and you’ll be able to cope better with stressors later on during the day.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s still worth emphasizing. A good night’s sleep is crucial in restoring our energy and helping us to stay calm during the day.
In order to get deep, restful sleep, we need to disconnect from screens at least two hours before bedtime. The blue light stimulates the brain, making it harder for you to fall asleep.
If your phone is essential to your work (after all, who doesn’t work at night nowadays?), make sure you use tools like F.lux. Such tools will automatically lessen the blue light coming out of your screen as the sun goes down.
Besides using these apps, make sure you don’t drink caffeine after 4 pm (the half-life of caffeine is 5 hours), eat heavy meals, or exercise right before bedtime.
Take a Walk Outside
Before the dreaded winter storms begin, use this opportunity to go outside and walk around your neighborhood.
If you’re feeling anxious, take deep breaths and focus on the present moment. Notice the various colors, the peculiar smells, and the different sounds around you.
Taking in all the sunshine will brighten your day and enrich your body with Vitamin D, so don’t sit inside too long cooped up like a chicken and enjoy the outdoors while you still can.
Furthermore, making an upbeat playlist of songs on Spotify will boost your mood and help you wipe all the unnecessary worries in your head.
After your walk, if you belong to the ganja community, you can light up a blunt or a joint using a custom jet lighter for a more chillaxing afternoon.
Alternatively, you can meditate or do yoga at least once per week. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety without using drugs. Tons of apps can guide you through the mediation process, so pick one that works for you and give it a shot.
If you’re not used to meditating, start with just 10 minutes per day and gradually increase the time. Yoga is the best way to release the extra tension in the body and achieve a more relaxed state of mind. Again, try starting with 10-15 minutes per day and work your way up.
Bake a Cake
For some people preparing food is the ultimate therapy.
You don’t have to make something too elaborate. A simple recipe will do just fine.
Go on a Google search and look for a delicious and easy chocolate cake recipe that can be done in an hour, like a Chocolate Fudge Cake.
A delicious cake goes a long way. You can’t go wrong with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and some berries on the side. (And if you do, make sure you have a spare cake pan!)
Not only will you enjoy yourself, but you’ll also have a delicious treat to show for it. Win-win!
Take your time to gather the ingredients and follow the steps. Make sure not to rush since this is supposed to be a therapeutic session. Hence, it’d be better if you’re not in starving mode when baking your cake.
As a final tip, remember to indulge in your fuggy goodness in a calming environment, away from stressors and distractions.
Regardless of the techniques you use, try to spend at least one hour each day doing something that takes your mind off work or other stressors.
Talk with Friends to Ease Your Stress
Finally, one of the most effective ways to relieve stress is talking to friends about it.
We all have those special people in our lives that we can rely on and who will make us feel better just by hearing their voices.
Talking about our problems makes them feel more manageable and less daunting.
Not only does this help us process our emotions, but it’s also a great way to get some good advice without spilling all the beans.
Furthermore, just by talking about our stressors, we can realize that we aren’t alone in feeling overwhelmed and anxious. After all, nobody is an island!
So instead of spending your day at home trying to deal with your stress alone, try any of the tips mentioned in this article and see how much better you will feel.
Remember, it’s essential to take care of ourselves physically and mentally, so make sure to practice some self-care every day!
Last Updated on March 20, 2023 by Bud