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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.

mid-week round-up

What have you been up to this week? Monday was Chet‘s birthday and we celebrated by going out for sushi. (A peanut butter pie was waiting for us at home in lieu of cake :)) Here’s to a wonderful rest of your week — hope you have something stellar planned — and I hope you enjoy this round-up of links…

Do you sit too much?

“Black sounding” names and their surprising history.

LOL! As a child who was brought to a lot of museums, I deeply relate.

Epcot World Showcase.

Why do dogs look so sad?

My favorite podcast about the royals! 

The cutest yellow blouse.

A movie critic’s July Netflix picks.

Why don’t people tip hotel maids?

Ancient fingerprints and forensic science challenge ideas about “women’s work.”

The making of a millennial woman.

Check out my July Favorites.

P.S. Read through the BOOK CLUB archives HERE. 

Found! The Greatest Exercise Video Ever

In my early to mid-20’s, working out was pretty much an afterthought. But, so was putting gas in my car…so I pretty much walked everywhere I needed to go. (Including up a steep incline to get to work every morning.) Cable and internet were an afterthought, too. So, I recruited friends to go on long, ambling walks…even when we didn’t have anywhere to go. Just to pass the time.

This seemed like plenty enough fitness. When the weather turned sour, I’d maybe dust off my tiny collection of workout DVD’s if I was feeling especially cooped up.

Fast forward to now and I’m busting out workout videos all the time. (Luckily I learned to start springing for the internet because YouTube is a GOLD MINE.)

I still love to walk as much as possible but I also love yoga and ballet and body-weight strength training. For now, gyms and classes sort of bore me. Maybe someday I’ll change my tune on that but until then, I’m saving my money.

Anyways, this is all to say…I found the workout video above a few months ago and I LOVE IT. If you’re looking for a low intensity (no jumping around) workout that will have you dripping with sweat all in under an hour…GIVE IT A GO!

Can Keaira Leshae be my spirit animal???? She cracks me up.

And while normally I bounce around to new videos to keep my workouts interesting, I keep coming back to this one every week. (I even enlisted my sister to do it with me the week of my wedding!) I sort of love how low-budget it is. Like I stumbled into this random living room workout sesh and “welp, while I’m here…may as well join in the fun!”

Let me know if you try this video out. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

If you’re looking for other FREE workouts, I also recommend:

Yoga with Adriene

Fitness Blender

PsycheTruth

Scola Dondo

What are YOUR favorite exercise videos? Link ’em below. I’d love to give them a whirl. 

P.S. Ballet inspiration. Soccer inspiration. 

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