How to Infuse Instant Calm into Your Busy Day

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Feeling a little harried? Life as MOM contributor Prerna shares some simple tips on how to infuse some calm into your day quickly.

How to Infuse Instant Calm into Your Busy Day | Life as Mom

One of the things that I would be working on in 2015 is being calmer. Honestly, calm and sitting still don’t come easy to this Type A personality.

I’m constantly on the go, wanting to knock something off my unending to-do list, meeting goals and deadlines, savoring the sense of accomplishment that accompanies them.

However, I realize that while I maybe a Type A, I’m also, an INFP according to the Myers Briggs, and an HSP or Highly Sensitive Person and that probably accounts for why I need to include some well-planned periods of calm to my days.

Whether you’re like me or not, I’m sure you, too, could do with some intentional infusions of calm into a day that may seem rushed, stressed and stretched out.

So, here’s what’s working for me:

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1. Sitting Down and Sipping a Cup of Tea {or Coffee}

Simply the act of slowing down to make and then, drink a hot drink is soothing to the senses. It sort of, forces you to press pause.

Whether you enjoy tea or coffee, take 10 minutes out and make a cuppa and then, take it out with you to sip it.

Sure, the kids may want your attention at that very time so answer their questions and then, go back to finishing your cup of tea in peace.

Better still, have it before everyone is up!

2. Listening to Music

Regardless of what music you like, playing it is bound to make your day feel happier, less rushed and more fun.

Whether, like me, you’re a country fan {hello Kenny Rogers!} or a hard rock kind, just playing it in the background will help you feel more relaxed as you go about your day.

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3. Going for a Stroll or Swim

There’s nothing more calming than being outdoors in the midst of the green, the blue and all the colors of the rainbow.

I love heading out for a walk when I can feel myself getting pulled in a gazillion different directions or when I simply just need to be alone with my thoughts.

It’s usually just 10 to 15 minutes but is more than enough to refuel me and give me perspective as well as calmness needed to deal with what’s on my plate.

4. Do a Brain Dump

One of the things that gets me all stressed is the number of thoughts running through my head. So, brain dumping works wonderfully to make me feel calmer and in control of my day.

I pair this brain dump exercise with drinking my tea and it’s a double whammy of calm!

5. Smell Some Lavender

Lavender is known to calm the nervous system and one of the easiest ways to do this is to diffuse it as an essential oil. And if it’s a night time, sprinkle a drop or two on your pillow and it’ll do its job.

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6. Pray, Reflect, Journal

Finally, one of the most surefire ways to get me feeling calmer is to simply drop what I’m doing, and pray. Just a one-on-one conversation with Him is enough for me to feel the stress melting away.

Reflecting on the day gone by or the problem that’s troubling you and journaling about it is also a great way to infuse calm into your day almost instantly.

Share with me how would you be infusing easy, instant calm into your days this year?

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Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Check out her free eBooks on organizing and productivity to get literally, hundreds of ideas on how to get organized on a shoestring budget, right now.

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  1. Prerna,

    Lavender diffuser works wonders for me.

    Other things that work out for me is making the bed yes I go out clean and make the bed, keep the kitchen sink clean. The complete declutter gives me a break of about 15 minutes so that when I come back I can connect again and feel much calmer relaxed.

    Happy to read this post.

  2. I love the term “Brain Dump”. Please may I have an example of how you do this mentally?