5 Ways to Find Peace in Seasons of Crazy
Life can get a little crazy every now and then. Things out of our control can throw our normal routines out of whack. Sometimes these things only last a day, sometimes it can take months to recover from a new life change. Children are born, parents get sick, we get sick, new jobs are had and old jobs are lost. There are so many things that can throw a normally peaceful existence off kilter. If you are going through a particularly crazy season of your life, try one or all of these ways to find peace in times of crazy.
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When you think of meditation you might think of an hour of sitting still, breathing in and out and focusing your mind. If you’re in a crazy season of life you probably don’t have an hour to waste sitting around breathing. In fact, taking an hour to do something like that might actually up your stress level as you start to think of all the things you should be doing instead of meditating.
Ali Katz from Hot Mess to Mindful Mom came up with a solution to meditating even when it feels like you don’t have time to pee peacefully, let alone take an hour to meditate. In this article she wrote for Mind Body Green, she details 5 ways to practice mini-meditation. Meditation sessions that take a mere 60 seconds. No matter what you are going through right now, you can and should take 60 seconds to find a little peace amongst the insanity.
I am not normally a tea drinker unless it comes over ice with pounds of sugar in it (I am from the south after all), but when I am really feeling stressed I find a cup of hot tea very soothing. Drinking a cup of hot tea in the evening helps my ADHD brain calm down so I can relax and sleep better.
There are tons of different options for relaxing tea. I like Peppermint tea or Chamomile tea but there are tons of flavors out there. There is even a Lavender tea made just for stress relief and relaxation.
Try a cup of hot tea before bed and concentrate on feeling the warm, soothing liquid slide down your throat. Ignore the chaos around you for just a few minutes while you indulge yourself in a few minutes of peace.
Write it Out
I find journaling to help me through a lot of things. From using a happiness journal to push my focus more toward the good, to dealing with times of incredible stress, I find getting down on paper to be a great release.
If you are in a particularly tough time, you might not have all the time in the world to sit down and really write out everything you are feeling. Try a two-minute brain dump to get the biggest stresses, worries, and complaints out of your brain and onto paper.
Remember you are not writing for the Wall Street Journal. You are not even writing this down for someone else to read it, so don’t be afraid to bear your soul, complain about the tough stuff, or even cuss at the world a bit. This is your two minutes to get the stress out of your body and onto a piece of paper. You can even burn that paper to symbolize getting rid of the stress when you are done! (and make sure no one else reads it!)
Music tames the beast, including the beasts living inside of us. In times of crazy, popping in your ear buds and listening to some soothing music can help you find a little bit of peace and relax your brain. Try listening to some music before bed, while doing dishes, or while you are driving from one place to the next.
Here are a few playlist suggestions if you don’t have a ready supply of relaxing music on your device.
- Relaxing Music Playlist – Youtube
- 36 Songs for Your Stressed Out Soul – Spotify
- The Calm Down Playlist – Spotify
- 10 Most Scientifically Relaxing Songs – Minilog
- 2500 Soothing Songs – 8 Track Radio
You don’t need to listen to the whole playlist, just let it play while you do something else that doesn’t require to much brain space and then go back to addressing the crazy.
Find Some Green Space
Finding a place with a little bit of nature in it is incredibly soothing. Studies have shown that spending time in green places provides stress relief and can even help with depression. I am not talking about taking a day long hike, or disappearing into the mountains for a few days (although I have been known to do just that). I am talking about parking your car in a quiet spot, surrounded by trees and green space.
You don’t even have to get out of the car to experience the peace that nature can bring to you!
If your crazy season involves several children, you could take them on a hike (and wear them out!) or let them play in a park, but if it doesn’t, taking a few minutes to sit in the parking lot of a quiet park and breathe can give you a few minutes of peace.
It’s Just a Season
Remember, this time of crazy will pass. Seasons of our life come and go, and whatever is throwing your life out of whack right now will pass. You will get a new job, the children will grow, and the pain of grieving will lessen with time. Use these 5 tips to get you through until a more peaceful season is upon you.