It’s been a pivotal year for everyone, not all good and maybe not all bad. However, this year has affected you there are bound to have been periods of panic given the continuing uncertainty of how our lives will carry on and our businesses survive. Try our tips below to bring you some calm in the midst of madness.
1.Reduce how much news and social you are exposed to ….It’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed by reports on the news or the content you see on social media. A good measure of how it makes you feel is to notice how you feel after exposure, do you feel depressed and low or invigorated and motivated. If it’s not energising and inspiring, you- why are you exposing yourself to it? Focus on content that makes you feel inspired, motivated and uplifted.If it doesn’t do that for you move on. Pay attention to how outside influences make you feel and aim to only access content that supports your wellbeing.
2.Learn how to meditate …. Ok so it’s everywhere, but have you tried it? Giving yourself time out every day to meditate will reduce the effect of stress and evoke a feeling of calm, no matter what’s happening around you. There is a huge body of research into mediation and the positive effects it has on our mental and physical wellbeing. If you’re new to meditation, then a great way to get started is to download one of the many meditation apps on offer and give it a try. Don’t be put off if it takes you a while to get the hang of it, it really is worth persevering.
3.Stop trying to control everything …. We are all guilty of trying to control every little thing, especially right now when every little thing we took for granted is now unpredictable and different. We are used to a set routine and we have all had to adjust to this new strange way of living. Be conscious of how you feel and where you are trying to control aspects of your world that are not really in your gift to control. Be mindful of the little things you can control and focus instead on those and not the ones that will cause you stress because you have no ability to control them. Try creating yourself a new routine that takes account of how you are living now instead of getting upset at the loss of the old routine.