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3 Tips For Cultivating Calm In A Crazy World

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So it’s been a year of coronavirus. This has been one of the hardest things our world has faced in many years, and it isn’t going away just yet – so on a personal level, it is totally understandable if you feel stressed, anxious or downright frustrated. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and has at times prevented us from completing the goals we wanted to achieve in 2020 and 2021. It has also stopped us from spending precious time with our loved ones. In short, it sucks, right?

When it comes to staying calm, this past year has pushed that ability to the limit. Even certified “chilled” people have struggled to keep it together. 

In this post, we will take a look at 3 tips for cultivating calm in a crazy world. Let’s get started!

  1. Start practising meditation

Meditation is a practise that most people brush over, assuming it’s something they could never do, or that it wouldn’t work for them. Although meditation does require work and dedication – it won’t be effective without perseverance – it is an ancient practice that has benefited people around the world for thousands of years

Luckily, thanks to the internet, starting to practice meditation has never been easier. You don’t need to sit in a physical class to try it out, you can download apps or watch YouTube videos instead, trying meditation in the comfort of your own home.

  1. Exercise more

Exercise has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety and create balance in a person’s mental wellbeing. Although it might not feel like it when you start out, soon you will find that having exercise as part of your routine is hugely beneficial to your mental health.

Exercise releases endorphins, which are chemicals produced by your brain that reduce feelings of stress, as well as pain. If you find yourself cooped up at home, stressing about the pandemic and worrying about the future, try incorporating an exercise regime into your week’s routine. 

You don’t need to look or feel like an athlete for the mental benefits of exercise to have an effect on you! It’s not about outward appearance, but about internal stress relief. 

  1. Use natural anxiety relief supplements

Anxiety relief medications are a good way to relieve anxiety in the short term. You can see your doctor to have them prescribed, if your stress levels are acutely high.

However, natural anxiety relief supplements are a great way to feel calmer on a day to day basis. Products such as CBD are perfect for this; natural and without negative side effects, daily administering of CBD can be life-changing for many.

If you are interested in taking CBD, try 600mg CBD oil to get you started on your anti-anxiety journey. Always check with your doctor before taking anything new, to ensure it won’t react with any current medication you take.

If you are feeling the burn of the pandemic on your mental health, use these tips to help you cultivate calm in this crazy world.

Can Using Crystals Really Boost Your Happiness and Well-being?

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Chances are you’ve spotted a crystal or two when scrolling through Instagram. After all, you can’t shake a stick at a carefully curated coffee table without running into a chunk of rose quartz.

And if you listen to my podcast, than you know how on-board celebrities seem to be for these shiny pieces of decor.

But, and not to get all woo-woo on you guys, I’ve often wondered if there was more than meets the eye when it comes to crystals. So many folks espouse their ability to heal, affect well-being, and even emit a since of inner tranquility. I’ve gotta admit…I’m down for all three of those things. But is this all the placebo effect, a passing fad, WITCHCRAFT? Let’s find out.

Crystals tend to be semi-precious stones with striking colors, patterns, or textures. But even in all their beauty, they are intrinsically natural. As such, many argue they embrace the life-giving elements of the universe and inherently connect us to the Earth we live on. 

Here are 3 applications of crystals I looked into…

Holistic Therapy

The world can work in mysterious and wonderful ways and you don’t always have to have solid evidence in order to benefit from something positive. (As in, “I don’t care how it happened, I’m just glad I feel awesome!”) Holistic therapy broadly, and using healing crystals specifically, is an example of this. 

Here’s an example one crystal believer told me about:
“Crystals can serve as the physical manifestation of your intentions. You hold onto them and use them to “hold” or represent the things you want in the world — like to feel more at peace or find love. Many people will then hold the crystal close to them near their skin, perhaps in crystal necklaces or in a pocket. This helps your intention vibrate in reality.”

The type of stone that you choose depends entirely on what you want to accomplish. Different stones have different properties, but some of the most popular stones include:

  • Clear Quartz – Clears negative energy. 
  • Rose Quartz – Is the “love” stone, a great choice if you’re looking for romance.
  • Tiger Eye – Offers protection and can help to give you confidence and courage.
  • Sunstone – Combats feelings of sadness.

But do they work?
“I think it’s less about any sort of magical powers the crystals may have and more about truly identifying what you want and need. If I’m feeling blue and I carry around a Sunstone in my pocket, throughout my day I’m going to be constantly reminded that happiness is a possibility that exists in my reality–and that’s a powerful thing.”

Meditating With Crystals

Meditating can improve your sense of well-being on it’s own. It encourages you to dedicate a portion of your day to letting go of stress and worries, focusing on your breath, and just BEING.

So, if you find that meditation is benefiting you, can you throw crystals in the mix and achieve a deeper meditative state? One of my favorite yogis and meditation rockstars says, absolutely! Here’s how she does it —
“I gather up stones that represent the properties I want to focus on that day. Then, I lie down on a flat surface and place the chosen stones over my chakras. Once I’ve got everything all set up, I close my eyes and remain as still as possible.” 

Essentially, instead of just focusing on your breathing as you would with any other meditation, you also focus on the properties of each of the stones you are using. Again, as with the example above, you have physical reminders to guide your focus. As someone whose mind wanders a lot in meditation, I can see how physically feeling the weight of a rock on your chest or forehead would gently nudge you back on track.

I definitely wanna give this one a try, but balancing a bunch of stones on my body seems like a lot…
“Totally. Some people prefer to meditate sitting up or just find it easier to focus on one thing at a time. Just hold your chosen crystal in your hands as you meditate in your usual manner.”

Crystals in Writing

If you’re the type of person who likes to put pen to paper when making your plans, another application I learned about was to incorporate these written items into your crystal process. Create your lists, notes, and writing as usual.  But when doing so, write as if these plans are already so. That they’ve already happened. Write that you are doing well, that you do have what you want. Root for this energy and place crystals on top of your finished work.

“Your crystals should work like batteries, charging your positive energy. I believe this method can work for folks who are a bit more analytical…they want to sketch things out for themselves, not just attribute a certain feeling or emotion to a stone. Instead, they can create their end goal and the crystal just gives it a little turbocharge, haha!”

Don’t you just love that imagery! But, I’m wondering…would this also work for say, other types of writing?

“How do you think I got through my MFA?”

Noted.

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Do you have crystals? Have you ever used them in the ways described above? I’d love to hear! xoxo

Do you use mantras?

Do you use mantras? I find them wildly helpful for setting intentions, practicing mindfulness, and chilling the eff out. Haha! In fact, I named this very blog to honor one of my favorite mantras of all time. FIND DELIGHT.

As you go about the tasks of your day, your mind is constantly popping in with new thoughts and ideas. And there are emotions that go along with these brain intruders. Sometimes a thought will bring up self-doubt, an idea will instill fear. A mantra has the power to drown out the excess noise, and to quell the accompanying emotions, by repeating something neutral or even empowering!

So why does it work?

“Put simply, it’s because it employs the thinking mind instead of trying to ignore it, silence it or subdue it. It uses thoughts to transcend thoughts, which is an extremely skillful method.” 

As I mentioned before, FIND DELIGHT, is one of my faves but I’ve used many others to help me focus my thoughts in a direction of my choosing. If you’ve never given mantras a try, I encourage you to do so! Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting more about mantras so check back if this sorta thing tickles your fancy or you’d like to learn more. Until then choose a chant that suits ya…

I AM STRONG.
I AM ABUNDANT.
I AM CONFIDENT.
I AM HAPPY.
I AM ALL I NEED.

BE BRAVE.
FIND DELIGHT.


In this multi-week series, #MantraMania, I’m going to lay the ground work for you to make mantras a part of your life. Here’s what you can expect from the series:

  1. Do you use mantras?
  2. How to Incorporate Mantras in Your Daily Life
  3. Revealed: People Share Favorite Mantras
  4. A 30 Day Mantra Challenge to Welcome Positivity, Productivity, and Self-Care (+ FREE activity guide)

mid-week round-up

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Happy Wednesday! What are y’all up to? We ran a bunch of errands yesterday in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, and today I’m brainstorming ways to entertain myself in the event we lose power. (Reading by candlelight? Knitting by flashlight?) Hopefully it doesn’t come to that but always good to be prepared! If you’re in the projected path, I hope you’re staying safe. Now, here are some links I found interesting, in case you’re in the mood…

Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising 4 children — and she couldn’t have had a successful career without them.

Just one more reason to drink lots of wine before Christmas.

Novelists weigh in on cultural appropriation.

Imagine if Donald Trump were a woman.

A traditional cake for new mothers.

A beginner’s guide to meditation.

Jailed when her boyfriend killed her son, she is free at last.

Can clothes really open up a whole new world?

Young rural women in India chase big-city dreams.

The real reason 5 decades of women’s progress has stalled.

A fun Friday night once meant going to the velodrome to watch cyclists collide.

Irish people watch the presidential debate.