Sunday, September 27

How do you remain CALM?

How do you remain calm? When I am stressed out about something that is out of my control, I generally do two things; release it to the Universe or exercise until I am so tired I can't think about it. Not working.

I've tried yoga, but I am a beginner at that, as well as meditation. Both however require more than a 15 second attention span, so neither is working right now.

So, what do you do to get rid of that pit in your stomach and the nagging in your brain? I can't wait to hear.




T.Allen-Mercado said...

I write it all out, no punctuation non-linear ramblings until I can't write anymore and then yoga, yoga and more yoga. I have reached the point in my practice where I actually cry sometimes; it is so cathartic.

Of course, I'm very sensitive lest I spend all my days twisted in a pretzel and scribbling, sometimes I just say...well y'know the word and let it go. Big hugs, friend.

Waterrose said...

I generally take a walk or hike. I seem to be able to let it all go while I'm walking and by the time I'm done the anxiety is less. When I'm less anxious I can then sort it out and come to some reasonable solutions. I've also been known to clean the house thoroughly.... take care...and hugs to you.

connie said...

I am fortunate enough to live on the coast now and I take a long walk with my dog on the beach and it seems to make the world right. I have also tried yoga and I have not found it a restful place yet.

Take Care and I hope you find a good place soon.

Sherry said...

Thank you for answering so quickly my friends. Seriously excellent suggestions. I'm really ok, nothing life or death, just a struggle that I am just now dealing with that will not be fixed (oh that it could be) by a hug from my husband.

Things you have to live with are things that must be dealt with.

jeweledrabbit said...

I'm going through a similar thing right now, so I don't have an answer for you. I think that sometimes you just have to go through periods like this and keep the faith that everything will work itself out.

elisa said...

Hmmmm... I feel like everyone else said what I was going to. If nothing works and you need something quick you can always do a breathing exercise I had my clients do when I was a therapist:
breathe in slowly counting to 5
hold the breath for another 5 counts
breathe out slowly counting to 5
hold the breath again for 5 counts
Than start over
If you do this a few times, it may help. Hang in there!

Cait Throop said...

Normally I call a sister and vent but sometimes I go for a walk and sometimes I go riding. I agree the exercise thing is good! But sometimes you really have to wait for time to do its thing and ease whatever it is that has you in knots! Hugs...

Pretty Things said...

Naps. I dissolve into a book and a nap. I've been reading tons of historical fiction so I have to pay a bit of attention to which Henry or Edward was the actual king and my mind just goes away from whatever phhht I just goofed up that put me in a funk.

Pretty Things said...

Naps. I dissolve into a book and a nap. I've been reading tons of historical fiction so I have to pay a bit of attention to which Henry or Edward was the actual king and my mind just goes away from whatever phhht I just goofed up that put me in a funk.

Kathy said...

I am one of those very fortunate people that just doesn't get stressed hardly ever....even when life seems to be crumbling in on me. I love yoga, but like everything else that requires a commitment.. I never stick with it...even though I find it helpful.

What has been life changing for me truly is the two books by Eckhart Tolle that I read. They have turned my life around.

People at work don't understand how I am always so upbeat, always smiling and just generally happy every day.

Trust me, my life is NOT perfect. It's far from it...however, I have learned to accept that today is the best my life might ever be. I've learned to quit wishing and waiting for more or different or better....and once I did life took a turn like nothing I have ever experienced before.

I hope you are able to work through whatever it is Sherry that is troubling you. Try walking or give the meditation a try. It's like anything takes I hear. :)

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

I can't often take long breaks to do what I need (should) do in order to release... but I do enjoy a good NY Times crossword for an immediate escape. They suck me in and I can forget all the rest of what's going on. In that time, I can breathe easier and let my body unwind. It's not a permanent state, but it can definitely put a halt in my anxious momentum.

Going for a stroll in my garden is also nice, but often, it just reminds me of all the work I have to do!

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

Go right ahead! I don't think Emerson will mind being quoted twice in one week :)

“When it is darkest, men see the stars”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Katie said...

I remind myself how lucky I am.

The Jeweled Postcard said...

((hugs)) to you Sherry ;) Life is full of stressful things and more so lately, I hope some of the answers are here for you. I need to look some of them over myself.


Sherry said...

Thanks again for all of your great advice and good wishes. No matter how wonderful the life we live, there are times when we all need a little help to carry on.

I practice gratitude daily and have begin to have some clarity about this issue. A few talks outloud with myself in the car have helped too.

My husband caught me smiling in a quiet moment this evening, and I told him it was the responses I got from this post. He worries when I am upset and can't process.

So, I'm on my way, and tomorrow is a big beautiful new day.

Peace for the journey.

Gypsy Moon Designs said...

In the past I would have said a bag of chips...but that isn't a healthy response.

I usually talk it out and cry. My Dad's voice echoes in my head at high stress times. He always tells me "This too will pass". and that helps.


Anonymous said...

Aww, Sherry, I'm sorry I'm just now seeing this post. Hope you've found some sunshine, love!

Kate said...

Yoga and meditation was part of the daily grind for me as a kiddie as my dad is Hindu and decided that would ground us. Sadly right now, meditation is something I think about doing whilst thinking about other stuff too whilst attempting to meditate. And trying not to be sick.
I'm feeling 5 days in a tent in the middle of nowhere, alone, and a vast supply of food and no internet would be ideal for me.