You are not alone in thinking that the world is moving oh, so quickly. It is. But it’s not just the pace of life today, it’s the high drama events that add to the intensity.
Our phone beeps with incoming texts and tweets, emails and posts. We waken to an intense schedule of work, to-do lists, ferrying the kids after school, managing the highs and lows of family and friends – all to the tune of incoming beeps and messages. These are the things of our everyday lives. Somedays it feels doable but other times it becomes too much.
This month, however, we’ve all sustained high drama moments with hurricanes ripping towns apart and leaving floods behind. And, now, a mass murderer. Even when we’re not the immediate victims of these horrific events, we feel them. We want to act, to help, to smooth the path for those who’ve suffered. Afterwards, we absorb what has happened.
It can be a high drama, fast-paced world which also means we each need to remember to take a moment for ourselves. There are ways to calm the pressure that can build up inside us, the anxiety that results from feeling overwhelmed.
Experience the moment. To begin, stop the mental dialog that is running through your head. We all do it, we plan dialogs, make lists, figure out dinner, plan the softball schedule. Stop the dialog and bring your thoughts to the present moment. You may choose to keep a favorite photo nearby to slow or settle your thoughts. You may find taking a walk can bring calm, maybe even noticing the beauty of our world.
Gratitude. While we hear this over and over, science has proved that a daily gratitude habit, grows one’s sense of well-being. So, name the things that make your life good.
It’s not big things that return us to calm, a sense of normalcy and well-being; usually, it’s the small things. Hugging babies. Calling dear friends. Working in your garden. Listening to music or a hilarious podcast. Moment by moment, we regain our equilibrium.