Calm in Chaos

Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.

Bryant McGill


Our environment is the backdrop for our lives. Where we live, how we live, our workspace, the health of our planet, our houses of worship, all encompass our environmental wellness or

 environmental self-care. Being able to control and create spaces that nurture has become critical for managing life during a pandemic. I can remember so many moments at the end of

 December and into January where I felt fragile my heart couldn’t take another thing. The attack on the Capitol really impacted me. I had reached the threshold. The trauma was everywhere and seemed all-consuming. Thought this was a great time to pivot and boost my strategies.

Arm yourself with this handy list, from Healthline, so you’re ready to remain calm during the next storm.

  1. Breathe
  2. Admit that you’re anxious or angry
  3. Challenge your thoughts
  4. Release the anxiety or anger
  5. Visualize yourself calm 
  6. Think it through
  7. Listen to music
  8. Change your focus
  9. Relax your body
  10. Write it down
  11. Get some fresh air
  12. Fuel your body
  13. Drop your shoulders 
  14. Have a centering object
  15. Identify pressure points to calm anger

A Closer Look at Calming Down

Deep Breathing

While standing or sitting, draw your elbows back slightly to allow your chest to expand. Take a deep inhalation through your nose. Retain your breath for a count of 5. Slowly release your breath by exhaling through your nose.

White Sandy Beach Visualization
Imagine that you are resting on a white sandy beach and feel safe, calm, and relaxed as you think about the following:

  • Turquoise water and a clear, blue sky
  • The sound of soft waves as the tide gently rolls in
  • The weight of your body sinking into your beach chair
  • The warmth of the sand on your feet
  • A large umbrella keeping you slightly shaded, creating just the right temperature

Relax your face and let go of any tension in your forehead, between your eyebrows, your neck, and your throat. Soften your eyes and rest. Allow your breath to slow down and match the rolling waves of the water. There is no effort to be here; spend time just taking it all in.

Journaling for Calm

Try to write every day. Set aside a few minutes every day to write. This will help you to write in your journal regularly. Make it easy. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times. Then when you want to write down your thoughts, you can. You can also keep a journal in a computer file. Write whatever feels right. Your journal doesn’t need to follow any certain structure. It’s your own private place to discuss whatever you want. Let the words flow freely. Don’t worry about spelling mistakes or what other people might think. Use your journal as you see fit. You don’t have to share your journal with anyone. If you do want to share some of your thoughts with trusted friends and loved ones, you could show them parts of your journal.

It’s perfectly fine to feel overwhelmed, unsafe, or even fragile. Extend grace to yourself, honor your feelings by actually feeling them, and arm yourself with wellness strategies to love on yourself.

Dare 2 Be Well!

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