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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.

Recipe: Hot Toddy.

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I’ve been fighting a summer cold the last few days. Getting things done in the 45 seconds in between when I have to blow my nose has been a struggle. Gross but real. To help, my friend Jarred brewed me the tea he and his girlfriend have been utilizing as an allergy elixir. I decided to tweak his recipe a bit and add some (medicinal) bourbon. The result? The most delicious and soothing hot toddy I’ve ever poured down my throat! This version adds a few components to the common equation HOT WATER + LEMON + HONEY + BOURBON (or whiskey) = HOT TODDY. Namely, lemongrass and elderberries. Lemongrass can be used to treat cough, fever, exhaustion and general symptoms of the common cold. It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and has powerful pain-relieving properties. Elderberry can be used for sinus pain, hay fever and immune system boosting. And they make teas and toddies taste DELIGHTFUL!

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Now, it’s no secret that I love the prairie. So, in my heart, this hot toddy is a representation of what I believe pioneers may have turned to to treat symptoms similar to my own. Lately, this sort of approach to alternative medicine has been my go-to–ie) I wonder how they would have done this on the prairie (or some other interesting place and point in history)? And my own health and body make a great test subject. The results for this test were certainly positive. Sore throat soothed, sinuses opened, slept like an angel. Sometimes I wonder why I spent my early twenties on a constant cycle of Dayquil and Nyquil. Makes me shudder in retrospect. The solution could have been as easy and awesome as BOURBON! Oh Young Beth, how much you still had to learn back then.

Feelin’ a bit under the weather yourself? Never fear! Brew up one of these babies—

What you’ll need:

-tea kettle

-mug

-water

-1 tsp. dried elderberries

-1 tsp. dried lemongrass

-1 tbsp. local honey

-1 shot of bourbon

-½ a cinnamon stick

and how it all comes together:

-Put your kettle on to boil.

-Place elderberries and lemongrass into a tea infuser ball or reusable tea bag.

-Place ball/bag into mug along with bourbon, honey and cinnamon stick.

-Once water has boiled pour it over everything in the mug and fill to the top.

-Give it all a good stir and stick your nose right over top of the mug and deeply inhale while it cools to an appropriate drinking temperature.

Other, less prairie-approps, antidotes to my current summer cold/allergies: binge watching Call the Midwife, ramen with LOTS of sriracha (the lemongrass was fantastic in this as well. And ginger!), yoga inversions and twisting, and POUNDING WATER! Stay healthy, y’all! ❤

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(Top photo via here.)