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. Whether it is life in general and a one-off event that is getting your stressed, here are some of our favorite ways to try to stay calm.
1. Limit your news intake
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. Embrace small 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. Use 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 centered and relaxed, spraying rooms or linen with lavender mist or adding oil drops to the bath to promote a sense of calmness.
4. Celebrate with music and dance
Music is a great balm for the soul, and an excellent way to get a little exercise and release feel-good endorphins. And while you might not feel like heading out to a packed bar or club to dance, try putting your favorite 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 is no better distraction in life than kids and animals. With their honest and refreshing approach children’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 time with your furry friends.