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Make Calmness a Comforting Habit

By Sandy Schroeder

As we look ahead to all sorts of improvements, you may find you are more stressed than usual. If you are like me, grooves are a way of life, and the pandemic definitely became a groove with all sorts of demands and adaptations. 

Now as we welcome change, it can be a little stressful to consider possibilities like going into the office, getting kids back in school, or eating out and meeting up with friends. Not to mention regular haircuts.  That's a lot of possibilities to consider, and you may need a fresh dose of calmness to keep your balance. You may have some established tricks to lower stress levels, but here are a few more to try. 

How to Keep Your Balance 

When you feel yourself tightening up as one too many problems strike, make calmness a habit. 

Find a quiet spot and just breathe - Close the door or step outside. Sit down, close your eyes and just breathe. Inhale to the count of five, hold and then exhale letting go of every bit of that tension. When you head back into the fray, things should look better. 

Walk a little or a lot - When stress hits, head out for a short walk or a long one if you have the time. Just putting one foot In front of the other can do a lot to reassure your mind and your body that things will be OK. 

Turn up the tunes - The sound of a favorite voice or strumming guitars can often lower the feelings of stress. Gradually as you move through the day and have time to review new stress factors, keep the music going in the background. Later at the end of the day you might use soft jazz paired with a warm bath to completely unwind. 

Laugh a little or a lot - Most of my favorite people know how to laugh. When problems mount, they might call a funny friend to chat or watch a funny movie at the end of the day. Laughter can relax the body and reassure the mind. 

Reach out to friends and family - On a morning where you have had one too many challenges, good listeners and loyal supporters can help you gather your wits and stay calm as you look for the best answers. 

Write it out - If nothing seems to work to lower your stress levels, a daily entry in a journal might be a way to unload some of the stress and keep a record of what works to solve it.   

Let sleep ease your worries - Make sleep a priority with at least seven hours of rest. When you run on five hours or even less, your mind and body may not be ready for any kind of stress. Sleep helps us process our thoughts and refuel our bodies.  

Wherever you are right now, staying calm will make it better. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flower Mound, Tex.

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