We all have our go-to ways of keeping calm, right? Like meditating, taking long walks, or relaxing with some smooth tunes. But let’s shake things up a bit. Here are five alternative ideas for you to sprinkle some calm into your day-to-day.
Firstly: mute your phone. Yes, you heard that right! Or, if you’re feeling brave, switch it to airplane mode. I get it – it’s a big step. But trust me, with fewer pings and beeps, there’s more room for peace. We’re all so hooked to our screens, it’s easy to miss out on the real world. Give it a shot!
Next, let’s talk about eating. Ever tried eating … mindfully? Yes, it’s a thing. You know how we usually wolf down our food? Well, why not slow down and savour every bite? Pay attention to how it tastes, and feels, and even the joy of having food to eat. That’s mindful eating!
Third tip: watch some TV. Now, you might be thinking, “Isn’t TV bad for your brain?” Well, not if you do it right. I’m not suggesting an all-day, every-day binge-watch. But occasionally, it’s okay to unwind with your favourite show.
Do you have some boring jobs to do? Great! Doing mundane tasks like laundry or dishwashing can actually give your brain a break. Instead of your mind racing a million miles an hour, it gets to focus on one simple thing. Give it a try!
Lastly, let’s talk about art. Whether you’re a budding Van Gogh or more of a stick-figure artist, art can really help to settle your mind. Visit a gallery, or just gaze at a favourite picture at home. Somehow, art has a way of reminding us to stay grounded.
So, there you go! Try out these methods and see which ones work best for you. Remember, this is about what feels right for you, not what works for everyone else. It’s all about finding your own little pockets of calm and peace. You’ve got this!