Being Calm

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“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
Steve Maraboli

More and more it seems like our lives are becoming more hectic. It is as if we purposely overload ourselves with more things than we could possibly ever accomplish. As I am going to sleep I think about all the things I need to get done and when I am awake during the day I think about all the things that need to get done.

De-stressing is all about getting your mind off of the stresses of life. Anything that will accomplish this can be helpful in making you feel calm and at peace.

Walking is one of the best exercises and a brilliant stress reliever. A good walk can put the world in perspective and soothe your frayed nerves. So today, why not go for a 15- to 30-minute walk? You do not have to go anywhere special. A walk locally, taken in an open frame of mind, can be just as interesting as a hike through the hills.

Pay attention to all of the sights, sounds and smells. You might see the bright red colour of the berries on the trees and bushes or perhaps the inky grayness of slushy ice and snow. See if it is possible to be open to all your senses: Smell the mustiness of the winter leaves; feel the breeze on your face; watch how the patterns of light and shade shift unexpectedly.

By having a positive appreciation for the small things in your life, you can try the gratitude exercise. It simply means that once a day you bring to mind 10 things that you are grateful for, counting them on your fingers. It is important to get to 10 things, even when it becomes increasingly harder after three or four. This is exactly what the exercise is for – intentionally bringing into awareness the tiny, previously unnoticed elements of the day.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
Amit Ray

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