Do you wonder how you can calm your mind in a stressful, busy, and bustling World? Meditation or mindfulness could hold part of the answer.
We all have days and weeks where we’re so busy we feel like our head is going to explode. Sometimes it feels like our blood pressure is rocketing, and our stress levels are spiralling out of control. It could be because we are so busy rushing about. Or the stress of our constantly changing World, or deadlines, busy lives, getting the kids there on time. The list goes on.
Or perhaps its because we just don’t find time to…well…just stop.
Have you considered how you feel when this state of overwhelm overtakes you?
- How do you feel physically?
- Or emotionally?
- Or mentally?
And how easy is it to feel resourceful and creative when you were most likely utterly exhausted?
There are some tools that you can use to calm your mind. And that means that you can learn to cope with the stressors of everyday life, and take a break from them.
My Top 3 Tips to calming your mind in a Stressful World
1. Schedule regular walks or outdoor exercise
Take a walk. Leave your phone at home or in the office, and simply enjoy some fresh air. Even a short walk for a few minutes can make a difference, but enjoy the sounds, the smells and the natural world. Set aside time every day to take a walk. You’ll be surprised just how much you haven’t noticed when you turn your attention away from the busy and bustle to a simple stroll.
2. Set aside time for proper work breaks.
Make sure that you're uninterrupted and can simply watch what’s going on around you. You’re allowed a break. And you’ll probably find that you’ll be more productive. And that’s good for business too!
3. Try meditation or mindfulness
These aren’t quite the same thing. Meditation means focussing on one thing and returning your focus to it when you wander. This could be your breathing, or some other focal point. Mindfulness (or mindful meditation) is where you pay attention to everything happening around you to keep you in the present. Have a try of both to find out which one you prefer. The point, though, is to take your mind away from your “everyday” and bring it to the present where you can calm yourself.
We’re living through unprecedented times, and as we come out of lockdown slowly there will be more changes as we return to whatever normal might be. Some people relish that challenge, but it is a challenge, and that can cause feelings of anxiety and stress.
So it’s important to allow yourself time to exist in the present. We spend so much time trying to get to the future. That could be a meeting, an appointment, get home, go out, or something else. We forget to be in the present. If you can learn to exist in the present it becomes simpler to deal with the now. And when the future challenges arrive at your present you can deal with them. That must be easier than trying to deal with the now, and the future together.
So those are my 3 top tips and my thoughts on how meditation or mindfulness could help you calm your mind in a busy world.
And have a read of my previous blog:
We’ll be running a series of taster sessions this October so if you want to find out more about the strategies and tools that you can use in your everyday life, drop me a message and I’ll send all the details.