August 7th 2019
Trying to keep my cool when things get too stressful~
I have had a lot going on lately. With the heavy amounts of change coming into my life and a lot of new things to juggle, I have been finding it difficult to find my calm. However, I think that practicing mindfulness is going to play a huge role in maintaining a healthy balance in both my mind and my spirit.
It has been a while since I needed to carve out extra time for mindfulness in my day to day, however, I am beginning to notice myself getting more on edge about things and becoming increasingly stressed. I have been lashing out at people, even though it hasn’t been anything major, and I have been letting my stress from certain areas of my life pour into other areas.
So here are just a few ways that I plan to find peace in peaceless places:
- Take more deep breaths- I know it sounds really silly, but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath in moments of stress. Taking time to stop, close your eyes, and just breathe for a few seconds can really do so much to recenter yourself.
- Take moments of meditation- I used to be super into meditating and stuff, but then I sort of fell out of the practice. I think that getting back in could really do me wonders, even if it is only a couple of minutes a day. When you take a moment of meditation, it doesn’t mean you have to drop your life to meditate, it could be as easy as sitting in your car on your lunch break and breathing.
- Communicate- The biggest thing that I need to do to help me keep my cool is to communicate. I am still working on the calm part of communicating but, either way, it is better to get things out in the open than to bottle them up. For me, I think it just comes down to not waiting until I’m pissed to say something. When i let my pissed-brain talk, I lose my peace.
- Apologize when appropriate- I have this terrible tendency of over-apologizing when I am particularly stressed because I feel that apologizing will help save me from adding onto my personal stress through conflict. I think that a lot of people tend to jump to apologizing when they are stressed for similar reasons. However, I think it is really important to only apologize when it is appropriate. By placing blame on yourself for having stress, you are adding to your own heavy emotional weight and disrupting your peace.
Most of all, I think that peace comes with time. If you are in a peaceless place just know that, just as peace is temporary, so is chaos. Things may be crazy right now but all things will level out.
I am working on recentering and finding my inner peace.