• Suvendu & Ruma

8 Way To Feel Better Fast And Calm In A Crazy World

Updated: Jul 19



First, let's agree that so far, 2020 has been a bit of a bummer. We've had fires, floods, disease, a toilet-paper famine and the whole darn world feels like it's off its axis. These are challenging times, and it's normal to feel anxious when things are out of control However, a state of high anxiety isn't good for our physical, mental or spiritual health.



Here are some feel-better-fast fixes you can put into action right now.


1. FEEL THE FEELINGS

When things are uncertain, it's OK to feel afraid, sad and/or mad as hell. It's OK to cry and to not have all the answers. Give yourself permission to feel your feelings, then pick yourself up and move forward.


Tell yourself: This time is teaching me to be still and allow things to unfold without the certainty of knowing what's next. I trust that everything is going to be OK.





2. TURN OFF THE NEWS, PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE

Nothing fuels anxiety like the continuous and sometimes misleading news cycle - whether from TV or social media.

Tell yourself: I know what I need to know for now. As part of my self care, I will power down and limit my exposure. Instead, I will do things that nurture my soul, maybe a jigsaw puzzle or two.


3. BAKE IT 'TIL YOU MAKE IT

Baking as therapy? Yes! It requires you to focus on the job at hand as you follow on the job at hand as you follow a recipe one step at a time. Cooking engages all your senses; there is order and purpose in your actions until finally, your very own delicious creation emerges.


Tell yourself: Warm bickies, apple pie, fresh bread. Also, calories be damned.

Kneading ingredients before placing them in the oven to do their thing is feel-good medicine


4. PHONE A FRIEND

Talk therapy is a fabulous pick-me-up when it feels like the walls are closing in. Touching base via phone or video message can really help to propel you out of a negative head-space.


Tell yourself: I am not alone. I have people who love and care about me. I can also help others by checking in on them.




5. MOVE, THEN MOVE SOME MORE

Exercise reduces your production of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and stimulates production of endorphins that regulate mood and act as natural painkillers.

Tell yourself: My body is strong and capable and I will honour it by committing to daily exercise, whether it's a walk outside, a You Tube yoga video or 100 jump squats in the bathroom.


6. GET BUSY WITH YOUR HANDS

Losing yourself in a creative activity helps nix stress and anxiety by allowing you to unwind and enter into a state of 'flow', where time and external events take a bake seat.

Great news-

creativity knows no bounds. You can planting, write, knit, scrapbook, doodle, paint a wall or give vibrant new life to an old piece of furniture with some gorgeous chalk paint.


Tell yourself: So I'm not Picasso. Do I look like I care? Also, I made this!



7. BINGE-WATCH AND CHILL

Snuggle up on the couch with a cosy blanket and discover new shows or rewatch your favourite movies, TV series and/or documentaries to your heart's content.


Tell yourself: There is nothing better that I could be doing with my time right now that re-watching all six seasons of Downton Abbey. Also, can someone please transport me bact to 1923?


Devoting your time and energy to learning a new skill can be not just all-consuming, but also very satisfying and empowering.

8. SEEK SUNSHINE

It's the balm of the gods. Exposure to sunlight not only gives you a vitamin D lift, it also helps your brain produce serotonin, a mood boosting hormone that further helps to keep you feeling calm and focused.


Tell yourself: I will give myself the daily gift of sunshine. (I will also give strong consideration to gifts of chocolate, wine and You Tube videos of baby animals being adorable.)



HOW TO QUIET AN ANXIETY ATTACK

  1. First, recognize what's happening and tell yourself 'I am going to be OK'.

  2. Calm your breathing by taking slow, deep breaths in through yournose and then exhaling out through your mouth.

  3. Practice the following grounding exercise: either out loud, or in your heard, list five things you can see, four things you can touch, three sounds you can here, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste.

Kneading ingredients before placing them in the oven to do their thing is feel-good medicine


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