Okay, I’m not going to lie, when the pandemic in which we are in the midst of had just started, I thought I was going to be completely screwed. I love routine and structure, and with all of the changes that were happening overnight, all of the routine and structure I once had was being ripped out from under my feet.
Surprisingly though, I am feeling pretty damn good. Granted we are only three months into this pandemic and nobody knows when and if it will ever go back to “normal,” but I am actually enjoying this new normal. I guess it doesn’t hurt that I am more of an introverted person, but still, I don’t mind it one bit.
5 Ways To Relax And Stay Calm In A Crisis
So, how do I relax and stay calm in a crisis?
Well, it’s important to first start out by saying that what works for me surely isn’t going to work for everybody. As I said earlier, I am an introvert, so for me, being forced to social distance isn’t as challenging as it is for someone who is more extroverted.
But I want to share with you 5 tips that help me to relax and stay calm in a crisis. Maybe you can resonate with even one of these tips and that one tip can help you find more stillness and less stress.
1. Breathe and let it go.
Don’t worry, this is probably the most challenging tip to actually do, so it will get easier after this.
When we become stressed and tense, our breathing tends to slow down. The more our breathing slows down, the more stressed and tense we become. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle of stress and being tense.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to find a quiet space, close your eyes, and simply focus on taking deep breaths in and deep breaths out.
Now you may think breathing exercises don’t work, but have you ever actually tried them? Focusing on our breathing is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to reduce stress. We just need to get over the idea that we’re “too cool” to sit and meditate.
Breathing helps you to unwind and it helps you to let go. We can’t change what’s going on in the world right now, and we can’t change all of the circumstances in which we are experiencing. So why then do we let them consume us?
2. Change your environment
Here’s the thing, if you are going through this pandemic and listening to everybody else’s negativity, you are only going to feel the same negativity. Your perspective and overall attitude on life are going to be impacted by the thoughts in which you consume.
This means that if you aren’t happy or are struggling, change who you are choosing to spend your time with and the information you are consuming. Spend time with people who are more positive. Spending time with people who are going to pick you up when you are feeling down. And please, for the love of God, turn off the news if you are feeling down. Right now, with everything going on, the news will only make you feel worse.
3. Get out and let your mind wander.
Three months is a long time to be cooped up. If you are tense and stress, take some time for yourself. Go out for a walk and let your body release some of the tension that has built up inside of you. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to do anywhere, do an at-home workout and release some energy.
The point is to allow your mind to focus on something other than what is going on in the world. Not only that, but exercising especially will help you to burn off some unwanted energy while also releasing bodily chemicals that naturally help you to feel better.
I, for one, exercise right away when I get up in the morning. I have noticed that doing so has helped me to clear and release any tension that I am feeling from the day before, and it just helps me to be able to start the day fresh.
4. Slow down and reflect.
Yes, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. Sure, you may have been laid off from work, don’t have the ability to go out on the weekends and hang out with your friends, or find yourself overly bored to the point where you are driving yourself crazy. But ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, is it really that bad?
I get it, everybody is experiencing different challenges during these times. But the thing to remember is that no matter how challenging it may be for you, there are thousands who are dying on a daily basis as a result of this pandemic. As long as you are not one of them, you still have it better than millions of others, and that’s something to be grateful for.
5. Stay positive
It’s really all you can do. Like I said before, you and I are not going to be able to single-handily change what is going on in the world. While we can choose to focus on all that’s wrong, that will only lead to feeling more negative emotions.
Instead of focusing on all that’s wrong, try focusing on all that’s right. If you don’t know what to do, try what I do every morning and write down some of the things you are most grateful for. In doing so, it helps to instantly boost your mood, and it also helps to put positive thoughts at the forefront of your mind. As a result of doing so, you will have an easier time maintaining these thoughts throughout the day.
Before You Go
Everybody handles hardships and challenges differently. You aren’t going to find all of these tips beneficial, but that’s not the point. I hope that through reading this, you choose to implement just one of them into your life and that it helps you to relax and stay calm in this crisis.
An important note to end on is to remember that you are not alone. We are all going through this crisis together, and with whatever you’re feeling, know that you have the power to make it through this, and that there are always going to be others out there who love you and care for you. You are never alone.