Saturday, November 19, 2016

Finding Calm in Times of Stress

In times of change and uncertainty, it serves us well to stop business as usual and take time out to re-calibrate. Tune into what we’re feeling and needing. Without this break, we can get stuck. Unable to fully process or digest the current change, we can’t move forward effectively.

Many of us deny ourselves this time to slow down and instead speed up. In a frantic effort to avoid dealing with what’s going on under the surface, we throw ourselves into our work or routines even harder. This strategy ultimately wears us down until things surface in some avoidable crisis.

Alternately, we can hit pause. Deliberately reconnect with ourselves. Retreating to where you feel safe is not an act of cowardice but a wise step toward emerging stronger, more resolved, resilient, and better equipped to handle whatever comes next head on.

When we are able to rest and restore, we don’t have to re-experience, react, or accidentally create new problems. We can emerge replenished and walk confidently in our desired direction, trusting that we know where we stand and possess the necessary tools and insights.

How can you take a break this holiday season? Where and who are your safe places? How do you find calm? What can you let yourself off of the hook for to allow yourself time to reset? Remember, when stress gets you stuck, calm deliberate action is what helps you find a path out.

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."
-Lao Tzu