GEM OF ZEN #36
Today I welcome Natalie from Natalie the Explorer as my first GOZ guest post for 2021! I’ve known Natalie in the online world for quite some time now as we both link up with some of the same link up parties. She actually hosts her own now called Weekend Coffee Share (more info about this in her bio at the end of this post). Natalie lives in Ontario, Canada and loves to travel and explore new places. She always amazes me with her ability to achieve a good balance in life – fitness, nature, arts, blogging, books, learning foreign languages, movies, music, traveling, and trying new things. Thank you Natalie for sharing with us some fabulous 21 quick ideas to find calm in 2021. You can learn more about Natalie and how to connect with her in her bio at the end of this post.
Finding calm in our daily lives can be challenging, especially when we find ourselves pulled in different directions such as family, pets, work, school, social isolation, major life events, amid a sea of pandemic news.
Calmness is an important part of taking care of yourself. Taking a moment, or a few, to find some time for ourselves helps refocus our attention and restore our energy.
Here are 21 quick ideas to find calm in your day.
If you have 1 minute:
- Take a few deep breaths. Follow your breath from the top of your head to the tip of your toe as you inhale and exhale.
- Squeeze and release your eyes, your shoulders, your hands, your toes a few times.
- Use your fingers to gently massage your jaws or the back of your neck to release tension.
- Get grounded. Pause. Feel your feet in your shoes. If seated, lightly push your feet against the floor.
- Recall someone who makes you smile. Bring them to mind for a moment or two.
If you have 5 minutes:
- Do gentle stretches to reduce muscular tension in your upper back, neck, arms, lower back, hip, and legs, or a 5-minute warm-up before any workout.
- Say thank-you. Text a friend and thank them for something they did for you.
- Listen to a favourite song to relax.
- Meditate. Be in the moment. Find a free guided meditation online. Find a style which suits you.
- Repeat some of the “one minute” ideas to find calm.
If you have 10 minutes:
- Stretch it out.
- Prepare and enjoy a cup of your favourite tea or other beverage. Sip and savour.
- Walk outside. Take a stroll around the block or head towards nature.
- Write down 10 things you are thankful for.
- Repeat some of the “one minute” or “five minute” ideas to find calm.
If you have 30 minutes or more:
- Walk, cycle, dance, row, run, lift weights, do high intensity interval training (HIIT). You choose.
- Phone a friend. Ask them how they are feeling. Share your thoughts and experiences too.
- Take a free yoga class online.
- Laugh. Read a comic book. Watch a funny movie, show or YouTube video.
- Enjoy a relaxing and warm bath.
- Think about what activity no longer serves you well and reduce time spent on it or replace it with a healthier activity. Example: Replace “doom scrolling” with 5-minute meditation. Reduce time spent on social media to clear your head space.
These ideas are easy to implement and you can do one or as many as you like. They are also either free or inexpensive.
Give yourself the gift of health by finding calm and taking care of yourself every day.
Suggested free online resources
Yoga with Adriene (also on YouTube)
Natalie is the author of Natalie the Explorer blog, from Ontario, Canada. She writes about the steps she takes to live a healthy and enriched life. She stays fit and finds calm from meditation, yoga practice, nature walks, and regular physical activities.
She currently hosts a weekly Weekend Coffee Share blog party. It runs from Friday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at midnight Toronto time. Everyone is welcome to join in any and every week.
Her favourite part of blogging is the interaction and connection with others. She would love to hear from you. You can connect with her in the comment section below, or via her blog: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/