Calming Down – Harnessing the Power of Calm
Hello and welcome to our latest blog post which looks at why we all need calm in our lives in order to maintain balance in health and well-being.
Calm is the tangible quality at the core of someone or something that goes beyond relaxation. In these unsettled times we need to resource the power of calm more than ever.
So how can we become calm? A good start is to look at how we organise ourselves in our daily lives and whether our environment and our habitual patterns support us to be in a state of calm or a state of stress.
Just as it’s been said ‘you are what you eat’, to a large extent you are what you ‘think’, or rather how you think. Your thoughts play a significant role in creating your present, future and past and in moulding your physical and mental health. Your environment and the company you keep also shape you. Be it home or work, your environment is the daily structure you live within that either supports you to be calm or doesn’t. Your familial and social culture affects your stress levels through its influence on your belief patterns and behaviour. The simple fact is that the day-to-day choices you make play a significant role in your relative levels of calm.
We are all creatures of habit by nature and tend to normalise states we’ve become used to. If, for instance we have experienced a prolonged bout of stress, it’s likely we will see this as the norm and come to expect it. Recognising this can be the first step to breaking out of the stress cycle. Theory on its own is not enough though, and the necessary resources have to be put in place by us to make it possible. Here are some simple tips to help cultivate a calmer you:
Make changes to your daily environment
- De-clutter your home and workplace (the more spacious your environment feels the more likely it is to calm you)
- Re-organise your home so that it calms your senses ie: use
- neutral colours, ambient lighting and relaxing scents
- Limit noise pollution – turn down or off noisy ‘background’ sound such as TV or radio when you are not directly listening to them
- Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet to ensure a good night’s sleep – buy a sleep mask and some earplugs
Make changes in how you organise yourself
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Speak more slowly – it will calm you and the listener
- Resist shouting – speaking in a quiet tone of voice will calm you
- Slow your breath – it will slow the rest of you down
- Walk and move more slowly – as above
- Limit time on computers and technology before bedtime
- Cut down on stimulants such as caffeine, tea and alcohol
- Give yourself quality ‘down time’
- Use your local green spaces – nature and open vistas calm the mind and the senses
Probably the most useful thing you can do is to notice what calms you and what doesn’t, then do more of the former and less of the latter. This month’s video meditation ‘All is Calm’ uses the breath and affirmations to induce inner states of calm.
Calm – Meditations for Calm shows you how to de-stress, and includes wonderful progressive relaxation techniques to relieve stress and balance your nervous system