Our lives are fast-paced. There always seems to be something that needs to be done. We rush from one place to another. We could barely take a break, and it’s usually in the middle of these tasks where we find ourselves anxious, our minds in a loop, that puts us in so much negativity.
How do you cope?
Despite a busy life, there are some things that you can do to calm your mind, such as:
Most of the time, we are our worst critic because we think that it will help us be more aware of ourselves, which will push us to work harder. The thing is, that’s not how it works. In fact, self-criticism can destroy your resilience. You will notice that you won’t be able to learn from our mistakes when you beat yourself up over them. This is why people who are self-critical tend to have greater anxiety and depression. They are also the ones who find it challenging to jump back from struggles.
When you practice self-compassion, you become mindful of your emotions. By being aware, you get to understand your mistakes and that it’s a part of life. Adopting this attitude will make you feel calmer and you will be less aware of the failure.
Connect With People
Sometimes, we do a lot of things every day that we neglect the relationships in our lives. When was the last time you deeply connected with someone?
When you lack a connection in your life, you get lonely. You might not know this yet, but you’ll just wake up one day and realize you are, hence it’s been triggering your anxiety and other negative emotions. Feelings of loneliness can be destructive to your body and mind and the stress and the lack of calm in your mind may contribute to this loneliness.
One of human’s greatest needs is to connect with other people in a positive way. When we fulfil that need, you bring yourself calmer. So, reach out to your loved ones and make it a habit to connect with them at least every day.
Determine If A Thought Is Helpful
When a negative thought pops into your head and it is actually true, that doesn’t mean you should put your entire focus on it. If you keep thinking about the negative, then how is it helping you? You’re only putting yourself in so much negativity, hence your mind is running.
So, when a negative thought pops in your head that you think could trigger your anxiety and other negative feelings, see if it’s helpful. If it’s not, get it out of your head.
Get Your Body Moving
When you worry, you are not actually doing anything to solve it, which will then lead to the problem still being there. What you are actually doing us feeding more your anxiety. When your mind is in a loop, you can distract it by moving around or doing a different task or activity. So, the next time you think about it, you are more rational and have potential solutions to eradicate it from your life.
Show Compassion For Others
When you are compassionate towards other people, it increases your well-being and your heart rate goes down. It can help calm your mind. Moreover, it can also protect you from the negative things that you encounter on a daily basis.
One thing you should keep in mind is to have a calm mind, you don’t need to avoid any stressful situation, because that is clearly impossible.
What you should do is take time to connect with others, practice self-compassion, and show others you care. You won’t be happy all the time, but you can keep your mind calm should you need it.