Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Talk About It Tuesday: Creating Calmness

"Calm down" is one of the most common things that people say to me. I have always been one of those people who constantly needs to be on the go. I did four things at once, sped-walked everywhere and worried constantly when things weren't done or that I did things wrong even if something did get finished. Being on the go isn't a bad thing...it certainly makes the day go faster. But it isn't healthy staying in that place.

When your body stays in a constant state of speed, worry and anxiety, it may end up staying in that place. Adrenaline is a hormone released in these situations, which is good to get us through tough times but harmful if there is no way to calm it out of the system.

The inability to reach calmness can lead to sleep deprivation, mood swings, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression and many other conditions that are usually 'dealt with' using medication. Don't get me wrong, there are some people who need medication in order to function. However, even in such cases I believe there have to be other options used simultaneously, especially if the medication has side effects.

Read our blurb for today above. It may sound overly simplistic but it does hold some strength. I know that many mornings I have allowed others to 'make' my day, and it really does set the mood for your entire day...if you allow it to. I have four children so I notice that if I allow my mood to bomb out, they react to that. It's only natural.

Now, let's be realistic. I am no morning person, so I can't guarantee a smile every morning. However, I can try with a calmness of mind, even if someone around me is trying to set a more negative tone. I have learned through my recent health struggles the importance of being calm. I eat more, I do more and have less body pain.

It can be something as simple as yoga, meditation, reading a book, going for a walk or simply being still. And always remember to breathe. Deep breathing clears the lungs, the mind and seems to bring the heart rate down (which is very important for those of us who get stressed out easily).

No matter who you are, what you're going through or what negativity may touch you, strive for that inner calmness every day. And try finding even just one way to make your day as great as it can be.

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