3 SIMPLE Ways to Invite Calm Back Into Your Life
When we work on our own stresses, it completely transforms how we show up for our families, friends, work, for everything.
It is no surprise that so many people are struggling from all the stress, pressure and uncertainty around the pandemic. Many of us are working from home, with parents having the added responsibility of homeschooling their children, children are missing their friends and unsettled from the new ‘routine’, teachers are struggling to learn to use online technology in a positive and engaging way that encourages learning. The list goes on and on.
We can choose to invite calm back into our lives. When we work on our own stresses, it completely transforms how we show up for our families, friends, work, for everything. We are better at creative problem solving, calmer and more resilient in the face of adversity, we sleep better, we laugh more and we are better able to let go of the ‘small stuff’.
Start by paying attention to how stress shows up in your body. Are your shoulders starting to get closer to your ears? Is your neck getting tight? How does your stomach feel? What is your breath doing? You are the expert on your own body, just start noticing what changes for you. When you notice the signs, use one of the simple ideas below to change your state and invite the calm back in.
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1. Stop drop and breathe
Stop what you’re doing,
Drop your shoulders, like you are placing your shoulder blades into your back pockets.
Take 3 deep breaths, in for 5 and out for 5.
2. Take a break
Go for a walk, have a dance party, do some jumping jacks, go outside and have a catch, snuggle, feel your feet on the ground outside, whatever makes you happy.
3. Get Tapping
Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) combines gentle tapping on acupressure points that are close to the surface of the body with mindful and vocal attention to our thoughts and feelings. It looks funny, but it works! This evidence based technique helps calm our system and allows us to feel better quickly. Basic tapping for ‘emotional first aid’ is very simple to learn and is even something you can do with your kids. The power to invite calm in is right at your fingertips.
If you’d like to learn more about EFT Tapping, join us on Sunday, January 24th at 1pm EST, or Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm EST for a one-hour interactive webinar designed to help provide parents, children & teachers learn this practical evidence-informed techniques to help empower them to manage their stress and reduce anxiety!