My mood shifts throughout the day from feeling calm in the safety of my home to anxious when I check in with the news. I know I’m not alone in dealing with unfamiliar emotions in these uncertain times. Keeping a positive outlook, staying connected with others and controlling my environment are essential for me to feel a sense of contentment at the end of the day. I’ve found the following to be helpful in reducing anxiety and keeping my spirits in check.
1. BREATHE: I can’t recommend enough taking a moment in the day to step outside and get a deep breath of fresh air. It’s amazing how much it eases my stress and brings me back to a centered space. If that’s not possible, then I’ll practice deep breaths at home or use CALM for guided meditation. I like Headspace too.
2. NEWS: I’m trying to limit my exposure to the news and being mindful of how I want it delivered. I listen to the daily recap on the WSJ What’s News podcast as one of my sources. I’ve also found a few sites like Positive News, and Good News Network with an optimistic focus and uplifting stories.
3. CONNECT: Like so many others, I’m staying connected with friends and family through texts and social media. We help each other locate food and supplies, share insightful links, find ways to help local businesses, and spread a good amount of humor. A little laugh does wonders. I’m also not hitting the pause button on A Note on Style. Even though fashion is not the first thing on my mind right now, connecting with you all is more important than ever.
4. CONTROL: I’m avoiding social media accounts that cause additional stress. This goes hand in hand with #2. I’d much rather enjoy inspiration from accounts that are comforting, positive, beautifully photographed and thoughtfully scripted. I can’t think of a better example than that of my dear friend Angela at Angela’s Table. Her reflective storytelling accompanying beautifully photographed food, florals, and tabletop shows her genuine passion for creating warm gatherings for family and friends. That’s inspiring on so many levels, particularly now.
5. WELLNESS: My diet is focused on building a strong immune system. That means lots of fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-packed foods. No sugar. If I do get sick with any type of virus, I’d like to give my body its best chance to fight! I also take Source Naturals Wellness Formula, a supplement my entire family has used for over five years.
6. SLEEP: I’m trying to get eight hours of sleep nightly. Magnesium and melatonin seem to help as does following a consistent bedtime routine. I love a hot bath with Epsom salt, coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil as the ultimate way to relax before slipping into bed. Read here on how sleep bolsters the immune system.
7. SELF: I’m listening to my body and taking afternoon naps if drowsy. I’m eating when I’m hungry and staying hydrated throughout the day. If gulping plain water isn’t your thing, try sipping herbal tea. I like to experiment with different blends and enjoy a variety that claim to promote calm, boost the immune system, help with sleep or regularity, etc.
8. EXERCISE: Weather permitting, exercising outside is best for me mentally and physically. I’m taking walks in wide-open spaces, riding my bike and enjoying the fresh air. An early morning hike is next on the agenda to mix things up. However, I’m still in need of a guided Pilates mat class to maintain core strength and avoid losing too much flexibility. Suggestions are very welcome!
Your turn. What are you doing to keep calm and relieve anxiety? 🌿