"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom." – David Allen
Life can throw us for a loop and become quickly overwhelming. We have seen this in the past two years with the yet ongoing global pandemic. It is easy to get caught up in the whirl of what’s happening all around us and forget the reality of what is actually happening (or not) to us. We don’t take care of ourselves and become ill-equipped in the battle of simply living. We hope this blog post will serve as a guiding light to finding peace and tranquility during times of burnout and stress, a reminder that you are important and need to pin that at the top of your to-do list.
Pastor Adrian Rogers stated, "Peace is not the subtraction of problem from life [but] the addition of power to meet those problem." Indeed, there will always be problems. Such is life. The key to success in life, however, is finding the proper solutions to deal with these problems so they do not overwhelm or destroy us. Finding and holding on to tranquility plays an important role in our lives as tranquility will keep us sane and make us resilient in the storm.
Read on for six top ways to find tranquility in your life:
1. Prioritize your health
This means physical, mental, and spiritual. Take a more active role in doing the things you know promotes personal wellbeing. Then make it a point to learn more. Surely you know that eating well is beneficial to your health. Make a step beyond knowing. Actually, take a critical look at that dinner plate and see what can be done to better line it up with “healthy.” Search online for some easy recipes and prepare them. Along with exercise, eating a healthy diet in the right proportions can restore chaos in the mind and body, which is a great step toward finding tranquility.
2. Get a good night’s rest
An activity as profound as getting a sound night’s sleep is also much underrated; yet it yields such powerful results. Sleep is one of the core drivers of our mood, and not getting enough sleep one night can throw off your body systems for an entire week. Sleep deprivation can lead to anxiety and stress, effecting health, work productivity, and personal relationships. We recommend creating a nighttime routine such as outlined in Good Housekeeping to put you on the right track to a consistent sleep schedule. A regular sleep routine can help create the peace and tranquility that’s missing in your life.
3. Step into nature
Many overlook the powerful connection between nature and tranquility. Your surroundings have a huge impact on the way you think and feel. Being cooped up in an office (or home) day on end can wreak havoc on your physical and mental well-being. From breathing in allergen-ridden air to picking up unseen (and unknown) pathogens on contaminated surfaces to dealing with the natural stress and anxiety of being confined, your body needs release. Take a break and step outside. Being in nature can produce endorphins (the natural hormones of the brain that relieves stress and produce feelings of wellbeing) and promote gratefulness, gratitude and tranquility.
4. Go on a technology detox
A digital detox refers to a period of time when you refrain from using your tech devices and focus on meaningful social interactions with family and friends. This means disconnecting from smartphones, tablets, computers, televisions, and (most of all) social media platforms. If you find yourself checking your phone (or Facebook account) multiple times each hour, it’s probably time to book a well-needed digital detox. You need to step away from the stress that stems from constant connectivity. Many experts believe that device and technology overuse portray behavioral addiction that can lead to physical, social, and psychological problems. Don’t you want to avoid this? Give yourself a break from your devices to reduce levels of stress and create a more calming atmosphere.
5. Enjoy a sound bath meditation
Sound bath meditations are designed to guide you into a meditative state through a deeply immersive, full-body experience of sound, yielding powerful therapeutic benefits for your body. These sound waves can be produced by a variety of healing sources such as chimes, tuning forks, gongs, singing bowls, or even the human voice. A sound bath takes a holistic approach to relaxation and healing and can be the perfect escape from the normal stresses of life. Sound has a great influence over our emotions and health and can make us feel happy, relaxed, and energized as it cleanses the soul and restore balance. (As a side note, an Epsom salt bath is also a great tool for generating tranquility).
6. Read a good book
Sounds too simple, right? Actually, reading is a great tool for creating tranquility. Reading distracts your mind from everyday worries and anxieties and can transport you to another place and time. As your muscles tend to relax, dynamic improvements are taking place in your brain function. Depending on the subject, reading can bring about immense calm and inner peace. For more benefits of good book reading, visit Lifehacks lifestyle tips. Whether you choose a specific time to read, number of pages or chapters to get through—set a goal and stick to it.
So, there you have it—six great tips for creating a tranquil life. Let us know which ones you will try in this upcoming new year. As a reminder, continue to be careful during this holiday season. Protect yourself and others with GermSanity’s premium face mask made with super-soft polyester microfiber that feels like a second skin. Be mindful, be well, and happy holidays!