3 Easy Ways to Avoid Stress, when the World is in Turmoil
During times of global crisis, it is wise to reassess our individual positioning in life, so we don’t get needlessly swept away by fear and negativity. Since the world seems to be entering a new stage of upheaval, let’s talk about some ways to maintain a peaceful center, and stay grounded and happy.
The first thing you should do is to assess the collective energy and account for the fact that you might be unconsciously influenced by that energy without realizing it. For example, if there is a lot of fear and uncertainty in the air, you might find yourself feeling more anxious than usual about your personal life. You might find it more difficult to make decisions.
If there is a lot of discord overall, you might find yourself feeling especially sensitive or testy about small things in your life. You could find yourself on edge. You might find yourself to be more impatient than usual. You could even feel more prone to conflict with family members, friends, or co-workers.
And finally, you could feel more tired, drained, and stressed overall, yet not know why. You might be inclined to attribute these feelings to your personal circumstances, but it could also be that you are unconsciously reacting to the greater stress in the world at large.
Accounting for all of this sets the stage for you to be intentional in elevating your energy and doing what is helpful to feel more like yourself again.
So let’s talk about the 3 best things that you can do to feel better!
1. – Live in Harmony With Nature
The great thing about nature is that nothing in nature reads or watches the news! This means that nature’s vibration is much more stable and harmonious than that of the human sphere of life. The sun rises, the seasons change, the stars shine, and the plants and animals go about their daily lives completely oblivious to all human conflict.
Finding ways to resonate with nature’s energy can restore peace and balance to your soul. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to you and nature:
- There is a grave human misperception that we are more the observers of nature, rather than a part of it. Nothing could be further from the truth. We humans are as much a part of nature as the trees, flowers, and birds that live in our backyards. Just because we live in houses and own computers does not exempt us from this truth.
- Because we are Earth’s most complex creatures, it is imperative that we align all of our energies in harmony with our most natural state, if we want to feel happy and at peace. The opportunity to do this is readily available to us because nature is all around us. All you have to do is find ways to come into resonance with your natural self and the greater whole of the natural planet.
- What is our most natural state? It is a state where we feel in harmony and at peace. It’s a state where our energy can flow easily and without struggle. Ultimately, it’s a state of being happy and without conflict. You know that this is true because this is when your body, mind, and emotions feel the best.
- Think about ways that you can come into resonance with nature, instead of living in unconscious resonance with collective fear and anxiety. Here are a few ideas:
A – Bring elements of nature into your home. Candles, flowers, plants, crystals, and water fountains are always soothing and peaceful. Pets are also a wonderful way to feel more of nature.
B – Statues or images of angels and fairies can also be comforting because these beings are closely connected to nature.
C – Spend time outdoors consciously connecting with the beauty of the seasons. Notice the trees, the stars, the sunsets, and the creatures that are all around. Marvel at the magnificence of nature’s beauty and harmony.
D – Sit in meditation and focus on your breath and the inner world of your heart. Herein lies your deeper connection to nature in all the universe.
2. – Find a purposeful theme in your life
When the energy in the larger world becomes increasingly unstable, it can cause you to become highly reactive if you don’t have an internal compass in place. The best compass of all is the knowledge that your life has a larger purpose or theme.
The true essence of life’s purpose is that it is about serving others in some way. If you already know your life’s purpose, then focus on improving the quality of your actions. Become even better, and more loving and effective at what you do.
If you don’t know your life’s purpose, then see if you can detect a positive theme that you want to support in your life. How might you focus on contributing to others in some way?
Maybe your theme can be kindness. Maybe you can decide to always leave everyone you meet feeling better than before.
Perhaps you can become more purposeful when it comes to your family, by focusing on improved relationships. Perhaps you can give more attention to your children or spouse.
One of the best things you can do for people is to exude an aura of peace, confidence, and happiness. This gives others something positive to resonate with, and always makes people feel better.
You can basically create any positive, purposeful theme that you want. You can even make it as simple as looking for something good about each person you come in contact with, and then encouraging the expression of that goodness.
One final example of a purposeful theme is to focus on achieving any goals you may have. The idea of choosing a purposeful theme is to provide you with a sense of direction and help you to stay grounded with something that is reliable on a practical level. This focus makes it much less likely that you will find yourself on a roller coaster of emotional reactivity.
3. – Be Creative
The third thing you can do to feel better is probably the easiest and most fun. Find a creative hobby.
You might feel resistant to this, or say you don’t have time. But you can look at this as similar to meditation, in the sense that it will ground you and recharge your ability to focus.
The thing about a creative hobby is that it gives you something to do that is relaxing and lighthearted. You don’t have to get all intense about it and believe that you have to prove your worth. Instead, you can just relax and have fun.
Something about this type of activity lightens up the mind, and takes your mind off of dire situations.
When I lived in the Washington D.C. area during 9/11 and the subsequent aftermath of additional threats, plus the infamous sniper episodes, the collective stress levels were off the charts. I took up needlepoint, of all things, and was amazed at the resulting stress reduction. It was like a mental, emotional vacation from the whole fiasco! Who would have guessed that something this simple could have such an effect? And I should add that I had no previous interest in such things.
You can try any one of these 3 things, or a combination of all of them. There is one more thing you can do in addition to these ideas. When you first get up in the morning, tell yourself that you are going to be happy today. Tell yourself that today will be a good day!
At any point in the day, if you find yourself feeling pessimistic or sad, remind yourself that you decided be happy. This will immediately shift your thinking into a more positive attitude.
You can stay conscious about what is happening in the world, and at the same time retain your own ability to stay in balance, create the life that you want, and be a contributing, calming force for others.
Have you found any other ways to avoid stress, when the world seems to be focused on fear and negativity? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
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Hi Saratoga♡ For the past week, myself and many others have been flooding the net (FB) with positive quotes and love. It’s truly amazing how much better I’m feeling because of this!
At first, people objected because they go to fb for intellgent (ahem) interaction:)
But soon, more and more folks began to comment in praise and unity.
It’s really true that only love can conquer hate!
I so appreciate your wonderful posts and newsletters. You’ve been an inspiration from the beginning.
I love you, Saratoga, and thank you from the bottom of my heart♡
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yor loved ones.
Barbara, what you describe here sounds awesome! This really illustrates that when we put out a positive energy, it truly does make a difference for everyone. This is not just some abstract, philosophical idea.
You know, we so directly feel the energetic effects of pain, suffering, and fear in the atmosphere. Isn’t it funny how we tend to think that the energetic effects of love and happiness are not that significant to the collective? What you describe here certainly proves otherwise. So thank you so much for this. 🙂
And thank you for your very kind words. Much love to you!
I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I was feeling more anxious, it helps to get a perspective, so thank you!!! I find writing poetry and journaling are both good ways to keep centered and focused, I feel a deep connection and sense of purpose in both. Sometimes I like to light a candle, play music, and do an Angel card reading. I also found your Guided Angel Meditation to be tremendously helpful a number of times, that is wonderful and I highly recommend it ☆☆☆☆☆ Meditation, now more than ever, is most helpful… oh, and lavender & chamomile tea, with honey :), and last, but not least, talk to my Angels, they really do understand everything…
Thanks you again for this post, they all are always ‘spot on’,
Much Love to You, Bless You♡♡♡
I love all of these ideas, Barb. Great suggestions for everyone!
(If anyone wants the guided angel meditation that Barb is talking about here, you can download it for free here on my website. Just click the “Angels” tab at the top of this page.)
Lots of love to you, Barb! 🙂
Thank you. As always, your message is perfectly timed and so in tune with my experience. I have been feeling a lot of stress and turmoil lately and I wasn’t even thinking about how the collective might be influencing me. How strange that I didn’t consider that possibility – I normally would. Well, I suppose everything is a bit strange right now.
Last night, I had a very clear sense that I need to take further action to raise my own vibration right now, and today, here is a wonderful list of options for me to consider including some new ideas I hadn’t thought of at all. One thing that has been helping is to just pick up my guitar and play for a while. It’s definitely a godsend. 🙂
I’m so glad you found this helpful, Avalon. Yes, it’s really important to consider what is happening in the collective, and how that might be influencing our general moods, thoughts, and emotions. Otherwise, you might get confused thinking that it’s all you.
I’m so glad you have music to help you stay in balance. That is a great idea! 🙂
It’s taken me a while to consider how to respond to this great blog! The only thing I can do to combat stress in my life right now is to stay in the moment. The only reality for me is a moment-to-moment existence. Which isn’t to say that I’m not very attuned to my purpose and all things I’m aligned to as to how to stay focused on manifesting and moving forward, but in terms of stress and how to handle it’s current reality now–I’m just staying in the moment. Meditating and doing yoga in the mornings, and often stopping and grounding myself throughout the day … stop, breathe, observe and proceed. Works for me.
And most importantly, being grateful for everything, and taking a moment to acknowledge whenever I can remember to do so!
Thank you for all the continuous support and guidance.
Leigh, here’s something interesting about the Now. Fear cannot exist in the now. It must have a past and future reference in order to exist. Isn’t that interesting? 🙂
If there ever was a time that I needed to stumble across your blogs and ideas for stress relief. I have felt so lost and alone lately that I am having a hard time with where to even start to heal myself. I am going to commit to myself to try your way and follow your advice. It is exactly what I have been searching for. Thank you so much for the early Christmas present
Karen, I just want you to know that you are not entirely alone because there are many others who are trying to do the same thing. The beautiful thing is that you are trying to heal! That means you are going in the right direction. 🙂
I’m sending you a warm hug and lots of blessings! xoxo
Thank you so much Saratoga Ocean. Bless you for sharing your wisdom. Merry Christmas