5 Ways To Activate Your Inner Calm
In our world today, we are craving that feeling of calm, that sensation of a
long, slow exhale, the sweetness of a soothed nervous system. Our world is
moving and changing so quickly and there is so often a chaotic energy in our
external environment. It’s so easy to rush through our days and wonder why
we feel so stressed and perhaps simultaneously drained.
I believe that when you create a sense of calm within your days, you can get
the same amount done (or more!) but enjoy it so much more. I know how
good it would feel for you to end your day with a quiet mind.
We can cultivate the tools to tap into that beautiful, calm state of mind,
anytime, so you feel in control of overwhelm and can show up with the energy
you consciously choose!
So, friends, here are 5 tips to help you shift from stress and overwhelm
towards ease and calm.
1/ Set an intention each morning.
How do you want to feel today? Getting clear on this, and bringing it to the
forefront of your mind is a game changer. I often affirm my personal favourite
“I get everything done with ease” first thing in the morning before organising
my day. Immediately it’ll switch the vibe from frantic checklists running
through my mind, to calm and composed planning + inspired action. You can
use the same intention day after day, or mix it up to suit how you feel. Plant
the seed of intention into your mind and watch how these easeful states show
up in your day.
- I am centred, calm and balanced
- I am mindful and patient
- I am filled with gratitude
2/ Consciously create some space in your day.
I think it’s safe to say most of us (optimistically) overcommit. Our days are
packed full of to-do’s and any down time can be tainted with a little guilt.
Honour yourself and your energy by scheduling in breaks, just to BE. Allow
time to have lunch on the grass, or head to the ocean to put your feet in the
sand at the end of the day. Take a moment to drink your tea without any
distraction. Enjoy the space and presence and notice how that lightens the
stress and overwhelm.
3/ Connect in with your breath.
When stress arises, take a few moments to connect in with your breath, our
constant resource of calm, our physical anchor. Breathe deep down into your
belly and really focus on slowing the breath down. This is the ultimate nervous
system soother and you’ll feel the instant calming response.
I bet you knew I was going to say this huh! For 5 minutes or 50 minutes --
whatever you can do -- make it a part of your day, every day ideally. It may
be a guided meditation on your cushion first thing in the morning, a walk in
nature focusing on your breath, or 5 minutes of deep breathing and calming
affirmations before bed. Find your style, find what fits with your life and find
what YOU love. You’ll be zen in no time.
5/ Stretch out that beautiful body.
We hold so much tension in our bodies, sometimes years of stored up
stresses. And tension in our bodies equals tension in our minds. If I go a few
days without a juicy stretch, I notice I’m more irritable and easily stressed (er,
no thanks!). Of course when our body is open and energy is free-flowing, our
minds and hearts will be too. It might look like a few relaxing stretches before
bed, or devoting to a yin yoga class once a week. Prioritising time to release
that physical tension will make a world of difference to your mental state - I
can promise you that.
Here's to calmer, brighter days, lovely ones.
Sammie is a coach for women who are ready to connect with their true feminine power and up level their lives with ease and calm. She supports her clients to cultivate deep inner confidence like never before and live deliciously attuned to their natural rhythms, stepping into a life of flow. She is known for her intuitive yet grounded coaching style, guiding her clients back to who they truly are and supporting them as they rise exponentially. Sammie weaves her passion of feminine cycles into her work, allowing her clients to embrace the full power of feminine energy. Sammie loves creating safe and sacred spaces through her 1:1 online coaching, her group coaching program The Collective, as well as holding women’s circles around the world and teaching her signature sacred space facilitation program, Holding Space.