Staying calm in the midst of difficult and stressful situations is a life skill I continue to work on daily. At the beginning of my life, I had a very hard time staying calm at all. I had anxiety and headaches, even stress-related stomach ulcers when I was just in grade school. It’s taken a fair amount of practice, but I’ve gotten a lot better at staying peaceful during challenging times. Here are some of my favorite calming practices.
The first and best one is to breathe. It sounds so easy, until I forget to do it! Like anything, these techniques need to be put into practice, not just read about. I love to read and think about all sorts of healing practices, but it doesn’t really help if I don’t actually do it. Breathing deeply and calmly for several minutes, or when in the midst of a stressful situation, helps me so much.
I also like to pray. These can be prayers I make up, or prayers I’ve memorized. Sometimes I just ask God and the angels to be with me or to help me. Sometimes I say parts of the 23rd Psalm. It helps to clear my mind and return me to a peaceful place, especially if I’m feeling too overwhelmed and stressed out to meditate.
And of course, writing helps me a lot, which is part of why I started this blog. I write short prayers and practice automatic writing to help me stay centered and see the bigger picture. I also love reading spiritual texts that are meaningful to me, especially Conversations with God. It helps me to remember my spiritual center and come back home to myself.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay calm? Wishing you a calm & peaceful night!