We all have a million things going on. The question is do you have to much going on to enjoy life? If you’ve ever felt like your head is spinning and you can’t relax, this blog’s for you. I’ve pulled together the 6 most calming activities and ranked them based on their calming impact on me (you might be different) – starting with the 6th most calming and ending with ta-daaaa, the #1 most calming, soul enriching activity I know.
Here we go, the past few weeks have been nuts! In a good way, but also a bad way, it’s impacted my sleep and oh yeah, I got bronchitis in a bad way, which I’m home today nursing.
In addition to my full time amazing job and promoting our book, “Maze of Thorns“, the last two weekends, I helped host a baby shower, attended my cousin’s college graduation and party and threw my mom a smashing 70th Birthday party. Yep, you guessed it, it was cra – zy!
How to Calm your Mind
6. Accept Help
People want to help. This benefits you in a couple ways, it introduces you to something new you wouldn’t have thought of and potentially better and frees up time you would have spent doing the project or task yourself. Usually when people come together for a task it gives way to the best results because everyone’s strengths get to shine! For example, the baby shower I helped host, I love doing creative so did the decor while my friend Jenny organized all the tasks (ICK) and Angela had the shower at her house (DOUBLE ICK = all the clean up).
5. Get your Laughter On
Watch a movie you love, play with your dog, have a couple things saved on your phone that make you laugh. Listen, I love to hang out with my husband at night after work, but his fav shows are Cops, American Pickers and the News. Cops is intense guys, I’m telling you. Call me old school, but I love re-runs of Sex and the City and get totally sucked in when Wedding Crashers is on, so off to the other TV, I go with Louie (our 10 month old Bichon Frise).
4. Enjoy Nature
Grass, Water, Flowers and Birds – There is something about the colors and sounds of nature that takes you away from the crazy pace going on in your head. Try leaving the office during lunch and walking around outside. I guarantee you’ll go back to work refreshed and happier.
3. Cook Something Healthy & Different
Are you noticing a theme? All the senses have something to do with calming your spirit. Now we’re on to taste and smell. When you make something different for dinner like a fancy caprese salad with fresh basil and some homemade ceviche, you’ll feel light and having a food you usually eat when you’re on vacation takes your mind to that relaxed state you have when you’re on vacation. We eat ceviche on our Mexico vacations, so I like having it on Friday’s sometimes to relax.
I do yoga 6 days a week first thing in the morning. I have fallen in love with it and how it makes my mind calm and my body strong and balanced. I also love that I do it in my kitchen and my puppy hangs out with me the whole time…Love!
1. Walking your Dog
This one brings it all together for me. I walk my dog first thing in the morning (right after yoga). The feeling of being outside in nature with my silly dog first thing in the morning is the best, most calming way to start a busy day!