Keeping calm when things around you are out of control can feel next to impossible, and while it’s natural to worry and feel anxious at times, finding practical ways to keep calm can help. So whether it’s because of what is going on in the world at the moment or just life in general, here are some of our favourite ways to try and keep calm.
1. Limiting News
While it’s important to keep on top of news so you are aware of important information that may affect your lifestyle, religiously scrolling news sites every half hour probably won’t help. Limiting how much time you watch or read the news can really assist in avoiding feeling overwhelmed. Try setting specific times each day to read or watch the news and stick to reputable news sites that report key facts, not just sensational headlines.
2. Little Rituals
When things around you feel out of control keeping simple daily rituals in place is a good way of keep some semblance of normality in your life. Whether it is your daily walk, mid-morning coffee, afternoon home yoga practice or your nightly beauty routine, keeping these rituals in place can really assist with keeping a positive mindset.
3. Lavender (for everything!)
We are huge fans of lavender for everything from cooking to beauty, but one of its more practical applications is the ability to calm through the sense of smell. Try dabbing a little oil on to your temples or wrists and inhaling the calming scent to keep you centred and relaxed, spraying rooms or linen with lavender mist or adding drops to the bath to promote a sense of calmness.
4. Music and Dancing
Music is a great balm for the soul, and an excellent way to get a little exercise and release feel-good endorphins. And while it might not be the best time to head out to a packed bar or club to dance, try putting your favourite dance tracks on at home and have a good old fashioned home dance party, even if it is just with yourself.
5. Surround Yourself With Animals And Children
This may sound counter intuitive to keeping calm, but there are no better distractions in life than kids and animals. With their honest and refreshing approach kid’s positive personalities are sure to keep you distracted, and with a number of studies showing that having a pet is a great stress reliever, now more than ever is a great time to spend more times with your furry friends.