16 Ways I encourage C A L M - part 1

Me by the ocean, Curl Curl, NSW

Me by the ocean, Curl Curl, NSW

After my diagnosis and watching the film The Connection I realised how important a calm state is for healing and our health in general. And once I started meditating and healing I felt so much better. So this week I want to share the first 8 ways I encourage calm in my life. They're quick, cheap and easy, and ultimately leave me feeling deeply relaxed, happier, more grateful and just a better person in general.

But first I want to share a quote that I love...

"YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR STAtE IN AN INSTANT"

- Tony Robbins

It's literally that simple. The power of change lays within you and it can happen right at the moment you want it to. Starting with number 1...

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1. BREATH DEEP

Breathing deeply and slowly is your quickest way to calm. This will signal to the body you don't need to run from danger and it'll stop the production of cortisol (stress hormone) flowing through your body. This hack is great for acute stress when you need to calm down in a situation relatively quickly. I'll just stop and take myself away from what I'm doing for 5-10min (longer if you can), I find a nice quiet spot outside preferably, I sit and take some loong deeep breaths. While doing this remind yourself that your ok, every thing's fine and your not in danger. Give yourself that time to sit, breath slow and just be.

2. POSITIVE SELF TALK

When breathing deeply remind yourself how amazing you are - not in an egotistical way but more of a being as nice to yourself as you would be to your best friend way. Remind yourself of your strengths, all that you've accomplished, fought for, or are proud of and empower yourself.

3. SHAKE IT OFF WITH GOOD MUSIC

This is the best hack of all and one that can shake off a bad mood or negative thinking. Play uplifting music on your stereo or headphones, turn it up and dance around and literally shake it all off. While doing this decide your going to have the BEST day no matter what!. You'll feel more energised from the movement and happier from the music. I found zumba classes (pre diagnosis) awesome for this. Whatever movement that's fun for you and shakes up your state with good music will work.

4. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

Affirmations are really powerful and healing. I use Louise Hay affirmations and absolutely LOVE them. Write them on your mirror, fridge, chalkboard - anywhere you'll see them to remind yourself. I also take her book with me travelling so I can refer to it. And I pin a lot of positive quotes on Pinterest that I'll refer back to when I need a lift. It puts things into perspective quite quickly. Pinterest is great because you can access it off your phone when your out and about or a computer if your not at home.

5. MEDITATION

Take yourself off for a quick medi. If I'm on the computer a lot I just stop what I'm doing and go to the beach with my headphones, lay in the sand and do a 30 minute guided meditation. This calms the mind, slows the breath and gets the body in a deeply relaxed alpha brainwave state. I always feel so much better after a meditation. If your working a lot then pencil your meditation time in - make it a daily ritual.

6. WALKING IN NATURE / EARTHING

A counsellor visited me once (after hospital) and said to me that "Being inside can be very task orientated - pay attention to how you feel outside" so I did. And I noticed I was a lot happier outside and a lot less worried, nature really gives you space to just BE, plus the benefits of barefoot earthing are fantastic for your health. Whether you want to reflect on things or just enjoy the space. And the sunshine and fresh air will make you feel good.

7. DAILY GRATITUDE - STOP AND GIVE ME 20

Anytime throughout the day I'll stop and give myself 20 things I'm grateful for in my life. They don't have to be big, it can be the food in your fridge, the strength in your body, roof over your head, ugg boots on your feet! right now I'm so grateful for the cuddliest, softest cat that visits us daily. Make this a daily practise and it really works. I find myself feeling more grounded and grateful and much happier to be around. More reading here.

8. HERBAL TEAS - CHAMOMILE

Chamomile has a calming effect. I use it in the evening to wind down from the day, but you could use it anytime. If I've had a full-on day I'll quite often make a strong brew and put my oil burner on while I start tea or just take time out. 


In a nutshell...

1. BREATH DEEP

2. Positive self talk

3. SHAKE IT OFF WITH GOOD MUSIC

4. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

5. MEDITATION

6. WALKING IN NATURE/EARTHING

7. DAILY GRATITUDE

8. HERBAL TEA - CHAMOMILE


Those are the first 8 of my 16 hacks that I use to encourage a calmer state in my day. I've been doing most if not all of these daily for months now and I feel like i'm more calm and happier then i've been in a long time. They have a cumulative effect as well which is the BEST. I'll be sharing 8 more in next weeks post 16 Ways I encourage CALM - part 2.

If you guys have any other suggestions please let me know! - I'd love to hear what your all doing to.

Much love! x

Simonne