How to Stay Centered in Times of Turbulence

This time we are living in, is more intense than ever before.
There are so much going on, both on the inside and around us.
Everything is happening at a much quicker pace than it used to be.
What, just a few years ago would take months, now only takes days or a week.

I see this so clearly when I’m talking with my friends.
When it’s been some time since last time we caught up, it becomes obvious.
My friends ask me about something that was going on in my life back then.
And I… It feels like ages ago.
Almost a different life.
How did they even remember that?
I can barely remember what happened yesterday, as it feels like I’m spinning too quickly.

It’s also hard to plan ahead, for things I want to do or learn.
By the time I get to it (after finishing what I’m currently doing), I have shifted into new desires.
Or, I just get started and I’m very excited, and 2 weeks later I want/need something else.

And it’s not only in my life, or inside of me.

We are constantly bombarded with information.
From news media, Facebook, Instagram, TV, radio, movies, TV series, walking down the street.
And we kind of feel it’s expected from us, to be up-to-date on everything, at any given time.

Not just that we are constantly bombarded with information, but also the amount of variety in the stuff coming up.
I guess that, no matter where on the Globe you live, you’ve heard about the American President Election that took place last year.
Just that 1 thing, a never-ending thriller of intensity and variety on accusations, drama, speculations, secrets, you name it.
It’s like they had to stuff it with everything possible.

Maybe you are going through your own life changes too.
Feeling you need to change your job, but don’t know what to do next.
Or, you need to move to a new location, but there seems to be something about everywhere you consider.
Changes in friendships, relationships, and family.
Illness, either for yourself, your family or friends.
Economy burdens.

You are not alone.
Most people have more and more things coming up.
It seems like everybody has enough going on in their own lives.

It can feel overwhelming.

This overload of everything that is happening at once, leads to anxiety, stress, sleep problems, constantly body aches, illnesses.

If only there were something like a filter, so we could sort out what we want to take in, and experience…

What you can do

Breathe.
Breathe deep into your stomach, and exhale slowly.
Repeat until you feel more relaxed.
I have noticed that when I breathe deeply and slowly through my meditations, I can calm myself by just breathing deeply a few times, when I get a rush of overwhelming feelings.

◊ Ground and balance your Energy with the Universe and the Earth.
Close your eyes and visualize that your energy goes up and out your head.
Connect to the Universal Light above you.
Take this with you, down into your body, and let it go through your body, down to your feet.
Here let it go out of the soles of your feet, and down into the Earth, like the roots on a tree. Connect to the Center of the Earth, and bring this energy back up through your roots, into your feet, and up your body, until the top of your head.

Read/listen to news only when you feel calm and centered.
Now, you can get a more objective view on it, without getting caught up emotionally.
Most of the news are negative, and spinning on fear.
You do not help anyone by entering a state of fear, hopelessness or depression.

Take a vacation leave from news, even social media.
It can be for 1 day to 1 month. It’s up to you.
Tell your friends and family that you are on a break, and they can tell you if something very important is to be known about.

Take time for yourself regularly.
You have more to give to your family, friends, work, and everyone around you when you take care of your Soul, and what you need to feel better.
See my post What Fills you Up?.

◊ Spend time in Nature.
Nature has a calming effect on us, and helps us to think more clearly.
It doesn’t need to be in the forest or on a mountain top.
Being in a park is also good for us.
Even being surrounded by some flowers and plants in our home.

◊ Meditate.
Meditation helps us to slow down our heart rhythm, and has a calming effect on us.
With some practice, it makes us able to think clearer, have better insight in ourselves, getting more in touch with our intuition, make better decisions, and much much more.
There are many forms of meditation, from breathing, to focus on a single point, to guided meditations to make you feel better, or discover parts of yourself.
If you are new to meditation, you can read my post Meditation Made Easy and Meditation to Release Tension and Self Healing.

◊ Release your fears and negative emotions.
I can’t stress enough, how important this is.
Suppressed emotions get stored in our bodies, and eventually can create illnesses, that we have to heal on our own.
They also work as an magnet that attracts challenges in our life, so we eventually will see them.
We are in a time where we don’t have the “luxury” to close our eyes and say that life is “hard”.
Read my post How to Release your fears and Heal your emotions to easily understand how you can free yourself.

Exercise
The best way to move stagnant energy in our body, is to move our body.
It can be walking for 15 minutes, running or bicycling, or dancing.
Do what gives you joy, and do it several times a week.
Yoga and qigong are also good ways to move your energy and body in gentle ways.

◊ Being in the Moment.
ALL we have is THIS moment.
If we live our lives in the future or the past,
there will -eventually- come one day, that we’ll regret not living our lives, or treasured those around us.

◊ Be kind with yourself.
We have a tendency to be hard on ourselves, and don’t think we are good enough.
This is not true.
We are Wonderful just as We Are.
Treat yourself like you treat your best friends.
Tell yourself how proud you are of what you have done.
You are so much better than you let yourself think!

◊ Be Positive.
The good thing with time spinning quicker, is that whatever is going on, won’t stay like this for too long.
Change will come.
Use the time to figure out what you want, and why you want it, so you are ready when the time for new opportunities are there.

I hope you found this helpful.

I’m wishing you all the best in your Life.
And, take good care of Yourself.

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