Want to get straight to the meditation? Scroll down to the bottom for the audio link.
These were my kid’s suggestions:
(My kids are at ‘that’ age where everything is ‘poo’ and ‘wee’). I think their ideas are actually similar to mine – just simplified. So on that note, here are 5 ways to get calm and carry on:
Yep, I can’t put it better… Poo. Make sure that you are eating well – and by that I mean, eat well all the friggin’ time. Your body is a gift that has been presented to you, treat it well. Here’s my little tip, don’t diet. Get enough green stuff and try making a green smoothie (I swear you can’t taste the spinach). Treats are ok sometimes (and savour every bite), but make sure everything else that you put into your mouth is really good and going to treat your body well. As a general rule: If it grows, eat it, and if it has numbers in it, give it to your accountant. So back to poo – There are so many reasons why gut health is critical to your wellbeing, but essentially, if you don’t poo, it sits in your belly, grows old, festers (makes for some stinky farts!) and your poor digestion is going to contribute to other health issues that make you feel stressed, unwell or unhappy.
In sum, eat really well so you do your poos. Regular bowels equals a calmer you.
Again, I can’t say it better. Are you getting enough water? If your wee is yellow, drink… more …water!!! Your wee should be a clear-ish colour. If you hate water, figure out a way of improving it. Put some lemon in it, get one of those fancy-schmancy infuser water bottles where you put fresh berries in it, drink it warm, drink it cold, drink it in a boat, with a goat, oh dear…enough reading Dr Suess at bedtime! But you get the drift. Drink more water – seriously, go full up your glass now. Your body needs water to function on so many levels. The blood needs water to be liquid enough to move, the brain needs water for the synapses to work and to help keep you focused and alert, your fascia under your skin needs water to move with the muscles. Plus, you will get mega headaches if you don’t drink enough water. Headaches mean stress and unhappiness.
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So back to wee. Drink water so your wee is clear-ish, for a calmer you!
My kids recently asked about the scars on my stomach, so I told them about all of my operations and let them know if I don’t practise Yoga, I will end up back in hospital regularly. Yoga works for me. it’s part of the reason I left school teaching and did my 500hr Yoga Teacher Training course. What works for you? Swimming works for my bestie, walking works for another -she calls it “walking her shit out”. You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that exercise is not only physically good for you, but comes with a stack of mental health benefits too. Why? It releases a hormone called ‘endorphins’ which makes you feel good, happy and helps you to deal with everyday life. And don’t let me hear you say ‘I don’t have time’. We all have the same amount of hours in the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, ride your bike to school with the kids, walk around the block when you drop them off, get a Zumba DVD, or better yet, become one of my private online members and I’ll ring you once a month so you’re accountable!
Whether it’s yoga or another form of exercise, make sure you find what works for you and stick to it. Those endorphins will make for a happier and calmer you!
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I had to ask my children a little more about this one. They said; ‘go and sit under a tree, be quiet and think about all the good things in your life. And you’ll probably cry because you’re happy’. Well… That stopped me in my tracks. I’m going to leave it at that because I actually think it’s so good, only to say, that sometimes we need to have sad tears as well and it’s good to get them out.
So whether you sit under a tree or simply take some time out to reflect on what you’re grateful for, or have a little meditation (try my guided meditation below), make time to be grateful. It will make for a calmer you!
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This was similar to the one that I was going to add in, saying ‘put good things around you’. I make it a point of speaking emotionally to my kids and I have said in the past “I hate this job, let’s put some groovy music on to make it more fun”. This is perhaps why they added it to the list (my youngest once looked at me and ran for the stereo saying “quick, put some music on for Mum”, I must have had my thunder eyebrows on!). Music makes me happy, same with a gentle breeze. What makes you happy? Maybe it’s fresh picked flowers, happy photos, a clean and shiny sink, craft, plants, affirmations, vision boards, sewing, paintings, fresh linen, sand between your toes, funny movies etc. Most of the peeps I asked on Facebook and Instagram said ‘take some time to do something YOU like.’
Think about the little things that make you happy and surround yourself with them. This will make for a calmer you.
I have also recorded a calming 10 minute guided meditation audio for you, that you can listen to here. Give it a go, you’ll be surprised how much calmer you’ll feel at the end. Just save this page to your favourites on your phone or computer and keep the link on hand for when you’re feeling stressed.
Let me know how you find my free guided meditation – do you feel calmer at the end? And what else do you to to feel calm? I’d love to know.
With love and light,
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This article is part of the 2015 ‘Spring Into Wellbeing’ Hub: Check it out for expert health and wellbeing tips, guides and advice from Australia’s leading wellbeing experts – inspiring and empowering you to unlock the path to true wellness this Spring.
After a lifetime of stress and illness, Victoria left her life on morphine and school teaching to become a yoga and meditation teacher. She is dedicated to improving her own health and happiness, to better serve her family and others. She is the founder victoriasplaceonline.com.au and teaches mindfulness, meditation and yoga, both live and online. She designed the Yoga Card Deck series and is the author of ‘Peacefulness in 5 Easy Steps.’
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