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It’s just the nature of life that, from time to time, we’re all bound to feel overwhelmed and thrown off centre by the various stresses and obligations that we all have to juggle.
Maybe you’ve got some family drama that’s been hitting you pretty hard recently. Or maybe things are extremely busy at work, and your boss is not exactly being a paragon of calm, inspirational, and reasonable leadership.
Whatever the case may be, if you find yourself dealing with a situation, or situations, that destroy your sense of calm and balance, it’s essential that you have techniques and hobbies at your disposal for getting yourself grounded again as quickly and effectively as possible.
Here are some examples of habits that can help you to get more grounded, and that may, in turn, salvage your sense of wellbeing during a chaotic time.
Begin gardening and growing some of your own food
There’s something about making things grow from the earth that has enraptured people since the dawn of humanity, and that, even today, is immensely fulfilling.
When you plant, grow, and tend to your own flowers or produce, you get to see the fruit of your labours in a profound, and maybe literal, manner. You are reminded that with care and attention, you have what it takes to make something worthwhile grow where there had been nothing before.
If your garden isn’t ideal for growing things in, or if you live in a fairly inhospitable region or climate, you might nonetheless benefit from having a residential greenhouse installed.
Gardening is like a form of meditation. It slows the pace of life, and helps you to focus on the essentials, directly. And, if you’re growing some of your own food, you’ll enjoy the added peace and sense of fulfilment that comes with knowing you’re becoming more self-sufficient.
Start journaling the old-fashioned way — with a pen and a notebook
Journaling is something that we often associate with kids, or maybe with people from a few centuries ago. It doesn’t help that virtually everyone has a phobia that if they wrote out anything too personal in a journal, it would inevitably be read by someone else.
The thing is — keeping a journal isn’t just a way of recording a log of events for the future. It’s a deeply therapeutic thing in its own right, with a good deal of research showing clear psychological benefits to taking up the practice.
As we live in the digital age, you might be tempted to do your “journaling” via your computer. But you’d be better off picking up a pen and doing it the old-fashioned way, in a notebook.
Research indicates that writing things out by hand helps us to process information, and our thoughts, more effectively. Journaling this way is also more soothing and demands more focus.
Get some screen-free time on a regular basis
Often, when we are weighted down by stress and irritation in one domain of our lives, there is an overarching sense of chaos that develops, and that threatens our wellbeing on all fronts.
“Chaos” in this context is essentially synonymous with “excessive complexity”. There is just too much to worry and think about, and it causes us to fall into a loop of ever-deepening anxiety and stress.
In today’s world, much of the chaos in our lives is connected to the ever-constant stream of information that hits us via the internet and TV.
By getting some screen-free time on a regular basis, you can help to get yourself more grounded and relaxed, in a big way.