Achieving Calmness: A Step-by-Step Approach

Achieving Calmness: A Step-by-Step Approach
by Charlotte Huxley Oct, 4 2023

Understanding the Importance of Calmness

In today's fast-paced world where everything happens at the snap of your finger or the click of an app, wouldn't it be awesome to find an antidote that lets you slowdown? An antidote that aids in coping with this high-speed world? Guess what, it's not a far-off dream. It's 'calmness'. Yes, being calm can work like magic tricks! Now, it's not some mystical, elusive trait but something genuine and achievable. Like solving a jigsaw puzzle, maintaining calmness requires a step-by-step approach. Today, let's unravel those steps together.

Setting the Stage for Tranquility: Your Mind and Body

Finding the calm within starts with your mind and body. It's pretty much like a stage, where if the actors (mind and body) aren't prepared, the performance (calmness) will likely flop. Physical health is often a reflection of your mental health. Remember the time when a bad piece of news translated almost immediately into a pounding headache or an upset stomach? That's your body processing your mental strain. Regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and ample sleep are key players in this game. Similarly, investing time in mental health through therapy, meditation, or simple 'me time' can make a world of difference. You have the freedom to experiment and find what works best for you. After all, isn’t life a grand experiment?

Breathing: The Art of Letting Go

Breathing, such an underrated activity, don't you think? Well, that's probably because it’s largely automatic. But when brought under conscious control, oh boy! It can open doors to calmness in ways you wouldn't imagine! Now, let me tell you a funny little story. A friend of mine used to get super anxious before public speaking. And once during a conference, she, out of desperation, started breath-holding contests with other nervous speakers before going on stage. Guess what, it worked! The simple act of focusing on their breath helped put their minds at ease, like a miracle from the everyday realm. This tale is a great example of how something as simple as breathing can have potent effects. Deep breathing exercises, or 'pranayama' as they call it in ancient Indian yogic practices, can act as an anchor, keeping you rooted and calm amidst the turbulent oceans of chaos.

Exploring Meditation: The Journey Inwards

Meditation, often seen as a daunting task, is actually an intriguing journey that leads you to your inner self. It’s like a voyage, the purpose of which is not to arrive at a destination, but to be present for every moment of the journey. Intriguing, isn’t it? Well, my introduction to meditation began not out of a pursuit for calmness, but as a way to deal with my under-eye circles (vain, I know!). I heard that it increases blood circulation and voila, less dark circles! But as I started, I realized the perks were way more than cosmetic. It was like opening a treasure chest filled with gold coins of mental peace, tranquility, and yes, calmness.

Grounding Techniques: Connect with Nature

How often do we really appreciate the magic that nature has to offer? You know what I call nature? The greatest artist of all time! The melodies of the wind, the multitude of colors in a sunset, or the subtle rustling of leaves, all natural and unadulterated. Just like how a beautiful painting can evoke emotions in you, immersing yourself in nature can work as a fantastic grounding technique to feel centered and calm. Picture this: walking barefoot on a dew-laden grass in the morning, feeling the fresh, cold dew beneath your feet. Doesn't that sound calming already?

Nurturing Positive Relationships: A Finely Brewed Cup of Harmony

We, as social creatures, thrive on relationships. They give the 'flavor' to the 'soup' of life. But toxic relationships can cause the 'soup' to taste 'sour' and leave you feeling drained. On the other hand, nurturing positive relationships can act like a finely brewed cup of green tea- bitter at times but mostly soothing. Conversations and shared experiences can comfort you, distract you, and even make you laugh, acting as a perfect antidote to stress. Remember to choose your tribe wisely!

Limiting Screen Time: The Digital Detox

We live in an era where everything is a scroll, swipe or click away. While it has its perks, it also has the potential of causing stress and anxiety. Ever caught yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media profiles, only to feel discontented and restless? I know I have. A digital detox every now and again, limiting screen time and indulging in activities that actually keep you engaged, can work like a magic wand. Reading a good book, gardening, painting, or even a good old conversation can serve as a welcome break from the digital world.

Indulging in Hobbies: Joy in Creation

Last but not the least, indulge in your hobbies. In the chaos of responsibilities and commitments, don’t forget to do what you love. Be it painting, writing, cooking, gardening, or even bird watching, take time for these pursuits. It gives a sense of accomplishment and joy in creation, promoting calmness. As Vincent Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” A hobby is therapeutic and an excellent way to maintain sanity and stay grounded amidst the tumultuous waves of life.

So let's embrace calmness, not just as an antidote but as a way of life, a journey that we undertake every moment. Let’s sail the calm seas and also learn to navigate through the stormy weathers with our trusted tool called ‘Calmness’.