One lecturer, in an attempt to explain stress management to his audience, raised a glass of water and asked ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’
People’s answers ranged from 20g to 500g.
He then explained:
“The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.
And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
We keep rushing through life, eager to accomplish and complete more, but in the end, all we want is some peace and quiet.
Our hectic lifestyles often leave us drained both, physically and emotionally, so it is of utmost importance to lower stress and maintain our peace of mind.
Here are some useful ideas to do so:
- Listen to relaxing, chill music, to put you into a creative, peaceful mindset. Music heals the soul, and it is an instant way to gain peace of mind.
- Clutter causes stress and tension, so take some time to get rid of unnecessary things and organize your home so it will become a nice and comfortable place to stay. A clean home will contribute to a clearer, more peaceful mind.
- Reading for pleasure is a mini-vacation for your mind.
- Spend at least 5 minutes daily to meditate in a quiet room. Allow your thoughts to wander around.
- Go out to meet people in your community. Find a way to help those in need.
- Things won’t make you happier. Instead of focusing on possessions, find activities that bring joy, and spend your time with people that make you happy.
- A short daily walk in nature will relax your mind, and fuel your body. Use the time to reconnect with nature, enjoy the tranquility, and listen to the birds singing.
- Get creative. You can write a blog post, engage in an art therapy, or start photographing.
- Help others to feel the positivity overcoming your life. Commit yourself to something meaningful. Start volunteering, donating money, or helping to spread awareness.
- Fill your home with uplifting quotes, images of your loved people, and things that bring up good memories.
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.” -Bernie Siegel