Find calm in times of chaos

Find calm in times of chaos

25 ways to keep calm and carry on

Life can be funny and this year, the entire world seems to be on fire. So much has happened. We barely remember the Australian bushfires destroying communities, which were overshadowed by some tensions in the region, and then bang, COVID-19 had been dominating our lives since March (or was it February?).

Has your world been turned upside down?

It’s absolutely crazy with lockdown, working from home, trying to home school and now keeping the kids entertained while staycations may be the travel trend for 2020. Don’t even mention the paper files on the desk! There’s chaos everywhere. How can you stay calm?

Staying calm with an app

If you want to get back into control and feel less stressed, an app can help you. Over the last few years, we’ve seen more and more apps come to market, promising us a calmer and more focused life. At least sometimes, as the NY Times found:

10 minute walk

Find inner peace without electronics

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Put up your feet
  3. Make your bed
  4. Close your eyes
  5. Walk around in nature – barefoot
  6. Take a time out
  7. Count to 10
  8. Do some Jumping Jacks
  9. Acknowledge that it’s ok to not be ok
  10. Accept what is
  11. And control what’s in your circle of control
  12. Understand your triggers
  13. Sing a song – mine is Let it Go from Frozen
  14. Paint 🎨 with our friend Jessica Watson-Thorp
    Paint with JWT
  15. Meditate
  16. Try the calming breath technique 4-7-8
  17. Doodle
  18. Play a jigsaw puzzle
  19. Drink some water
  20. Get off social media
  21. Unplug
  22. Express your gratitude
  23. Delegate
  24. Say no
  25. Ask for help!

For me, walking has become an effective way to combat stress. No matter where I am, I can put my shoes (and mask) on and just walk. I admit it can be quite hot during the day and I’d prefer to go for a long round (about 1 hour) in the evening. Yet, sometimes, it gets also crazy around me and I just need to walk – walk away from it all and breathe!

What helps you to stay calm when everything around you in going up in smokes?

Until next time,

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