In this age of fast-paced, multitasking, busy lives, some of us may feel as if we’re adrift in a sea of never-ending things to do. We all have a lot on our plates, we’re all neck-deep in stress, and some days it’s just extremely difficult to find calm in the chaos.
However, finding peace in the middle of the noise isn’t entirely impossible. It’s an ability you can build through constant practice.
Here are 6 ways to stay calm amidst the chaos:
Laughter is the best medicine for a chaotic day. If you need a chill pill, take a minute to laugh with others and even at yourself. Adopting a lighthearted attitude towards the hustle and bustle of life will help reinvigorate your mind and soul and put you in a calm mood to better overcome the chaos.
2. Focus on one task
More isn’t always better, especially if it’s already overwhelming you and causing you stress. Allow yourself to focus on just one task at a time so you can sort through the clutter in your mind.
Something as simple as taking mindful deep breaths can immediately induce a calming response. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing as you inhale deeply, and count to ten before releasing it slowly. Repeat as many times as you need.
4. Step away
When work starts piling up, it’s very easy to feel like there’s too much going on and it becomes difficult to maintain focus. If you’re in front of any screen right now, step away, or just simply turn your chair around for 1-2 minutes to give yourself the calm and clarity you need to keep going for the rest of the day.
Take a quick break and put on your favourite song. You’ll find that it will quickly put you in a better mood, pump you up or calm you down. No matter the genre, give yourself a few minutes to just enjoy the music and allow it to take you back to your happy memories.
6. Get some fresh air
When it feels like you’re being pulled from all directions or that you’re stuck doing something that you can’t seem to get out of, take a minute to get a breather outdoors. Even if you’re in the middle of a hot, busy city, try to reconnect briefly with pieces of nature so you can get back to work energized and revitalized.