#CalmTip: August 25th, 2015

 

Black Gitl's Guide to Calm

Focusing on what other people are doing and comparing yourself to them can cause you to feel frustrated and stressed about what’s happening in your own life. It’s important to remember that we are each on our own journeys, so there’s no point in comparing yours to the next person’s. Concentrate on creating the life you want and bettering yourself.

“The grass is always greener where you water it.” – Unknown

#CalmTip: August 18th, 2015

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Trust the process of your life, and know that everything happens when it’s supposed to. So, don’t fret about the future, and do your best to live in the moment and take things one day at a time.

#CalmTip: August 11, 2015

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Yoga is one of my favorite ways to find calm. Practicing yoga helps you de-stress, learn to stay in the moment, and reminds you to breathe through whatever is going on and how you’re feeling. I know a lot of people think yoga is for “flexible” people or certain body types, but it’s for everybody– and I do mean EVERYBODY. With several types of yoga to choose from, find the one that works for you, and hit that mat!

#CalmTip: August 4, 2015

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

August 1st-7th is Simplify Your Life Week! By simplifying your life, you invite more calm and peace in. One of my favorite sites, Zen Habits, has several ways to simplify your life which include:

You can read all the ideas here.

 

#CalmTip: July 28th, 2015

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

 

Talking to God and letting Him know how you feel about what’s going on in your life is a great way to find calm and ease anxiety because praying lets you know that you’re not alone and you don’t have to face what you’re going through alone.

I’m someone who finds it easier to express myself through the written word rather than speaking out loud, and if you’re the same way, keeping a prayer journal is a great way to pour your heart out to God. In addition to writing out how you feel and your desires, you can write down answers you receive from Him and how He’s answered your prayers, which can serve as a reminder of his goodness during tough times in the future.

#CalmTip: July 21, 2015

 

Calm Tip #6

Last year, I read a quote in O Magazine that has resonated with me ever since. Here’s what it says: “I once heard someone say, ‘If it’s not happening now, it’s not happening.’ That stuck with me — I realized there’s no reason to pre-freak out about problems. It’s made such a difference in my life.” – Aimee Mann

Pre-freaking out about the future does nothing but stress you out; and besides, you can only ever do anything in the present moment. So, focus on what’s happening now and what you can do now.

#Calm Tip: July 14th, 2015

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

When you have a lot of things you need to do, trying to do it all can be overwhelming. And when you try to do everything at one time, you usually end up half-doing things or you end up doing nothing at all, causing yourself stress and anxiety. One way to remedy this is by making a list of all the things you need to accomplish, then prioritize/number them in order of importance. Then, focus on getting one task done at a time.

 

#CalmTip: July 7, 2015

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

 

Most of us multitask (myself included) because we think we’ll get more done. But, that’s actually not true. According to studies, multitasking causes us to be less productive and our ability to filter out irrelevant information declines. Also, trying to do too much (and not getting much done) can leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Try single tasking and see how much calmer you feel and how much more you get done.

#CalmTip: June 30, 2015

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

We often cause stress in our own lives by trying to make things how we think they should be instead of how they are. For the most part, you can’t control outside circumstances — you can only control you. You can’t control how much traffic there is or if there’s a long line at the grocery store, so don’t allow it to stress you out. Instead, live in the moment, and go with the flow.

#CalmTip: June 23, 2015

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Journaling is a great way to decompress and get out of your head. Have trouble journaling? Write about how you feel and try to figure out why. Don’t worry about your grammar or spelling; just let it flow. Then, write about how you want to feel and what you can do to start feeling that way.