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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Chapter 4, Page 18, Book 20

One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm.

Catherine Pulsifer

April  18th - keep calm and carry on

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be 

Wayne W. Dyer

These days of isolation have been stressful on many of us.  People that had planned vacations had to cancel them.  Everything that we consider normal has changed.  Times have been stressful and too much stress is not good for us, but we cannot seem to help it.  

The difference between the stressed and the calm is not the amount of load in life, it’s how we handle the load. We need to take some time to relax and recharge ourselves. Living with stress will make you sick. 
Relaxing is the act of consciously taking time for yourself to recharge and lower our cortisol ,stress hormone, level 

Relaation is a cure for stress.  It is the skill of having peace of mind despite the chaos of life.  It requires us to not let the environment affect our cortisol level.

While relaxing requires not skill, keeping calm requires you to increase your stress tolerance and doing small acts to stay calm under pressure.

I know turning off stress is not easy .  We need to deal with the stress and accept it.  Try to remember that every stressful situation is an opportunity to train your mind to stay calm. Over the long run, exercizing helps improve our ability to handles stress, so if you feel stressed, go for a run or even a walk.  Taking a short nap instantly recharges us and reduces our cortisol levels.

Music can also instantly change your state of mind.  If you’re working  you can listen to relaxing music in the background.  Take quick break to listen to a song to change your mental state.

Taking a few deep breaths is enough to de-stress.  Deep breaths lets your body know that it’s not a stressful situations.  During stress we automatically take short breaths.  So take a deep breath now and then.  It really helps.

Take a break for some quiet time to regulate your thoughts and emotions, Be mindful of everything you’re feeing. Take  things lightly and bring some humor to the situation  Laugh in your mind or better yet share a laugh with someone.

Let go of what we can’t control.  Focos on the positive and be grateful , this shifts our focus and changes our view of the world.

Believe that better days will come and if you believe enough you’ll banish stress and connect the dots to a better future.

If we can change our attitude and response towards what stresses us,  we can let it go and find some peace in our lives. 

No matter what there is always time for peace even when you don’t have time, you can find peace within you. All you need to do is shift your attitude and look at things differently.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

The time to relax is when we don't have time for it.

jack69 said...

Now lady, we love that picture of the relaxed feet and fire-pit! good stuff.
Right at the beginning you said:
The difference between the stressed and the calm is not the amount of load in life, it’s how we handle the load. We need to take some time to relax......

That stayed with me thruout the visit. THANKS. As usual the visit was encouraging. You are the center of some of our daily conversations. Glad you have family close by during this time, I know you wish them even closer.
Love from here
Sherry & i

Mevely317 said...

Love this image of the fire pit! Despite being born under a 'water sign' (Pisces), I've always been inexplicably drawn to fire.

Great suggestions you've shared today. I read something people can do (re. 'the' virus) as a self-check: Each morning take a deep breath and hold it for at least 10 seconds. They went on to say, if you can do that without coughing your lungs are healthy. Now, I'm going to go put on some music! :)

betty said...

So true to let go of things we can't control. It's hard these days to do so. I know lots of people are ready to move on these days and try to resume their previous schedules. I think this is causing undue stress and making a lot of people antsy. That concerns me especially when we see protests happening. A lot of deep breaths need to be taken, me included. Great advice you gave us Ma.


Chatty Crone said...

I wish you knew a sure fire way to stay calm - lol. You are right - it is something we need to do tho.


you have to spend a few moments each day and drain your brain. that way the bad stuff won't dominate. love that firepit. looks like a relaxing place to spend the evening.

Buttercup said...

Some days I'm calm and focused and others, not so much. I'm not sure what kicks off the anxiety or what reels me in. My goal for today is to deep breathe and stay calm. Take good care!