I am currently living in Baku, Azerbaijan – all part of my life plan to visit and live in different countries. It’s been a tough time. I landed here the day war broke out with neighbouring Armenia. It is a conflict which goes back a long way, and not one I want to discuss here.
So I arrived and the government set a curfew from 2100 to 0600 the next day – stay at home unless you have government permission for work reasons. This was on top of some corona virus restrictions. The war ended but curfew didn’t. The in December they went for another lockdown; we needed to send an SMS to get permission to leave home to go shopping etc for a maximum of three hours. So I was back to working online; and trust me, as a teacher of many decades experience I can say Teaching Online is much more difficult than classroom teaching. I hate it. Though I keep at it as I want to keep pushing my students to be their best.
Fortunately, we will be having restrictions removed soon. I haven’t actually taught one of my classes in school since mid March when I was still in Morocco.
I get stressed.
So I dug out this article from my PLR collection.
Let’s share it and calm down!!!
5 Ways to Become a Calmer Person
We hear a lot about how to be calm and why calmness is essential. But why?! What does “calm” really do for someone? If you’re feeling like being calm gets in the way of your motivation and achievement-focused mentality, you’re not alone.
A lot of people associate calmness with nonchalance, but in reality, it’s what helps you have a clear mind so that you can achieve all of your dreams and goals. You’ve got to start somewhere, so here are five ways to become a calmer person:
1. Go All In
Just like when you learn a new language, in order to become calmer, you need to immerse yourself in the headspace fully. That means the mind, body, and soul. Whether you decide to download a meditation app or start going to yoga classes, the important thing is that you commit to it.
2. Surround Yourself with Calm
Tapping into the immersion piece, another way to become calmer is to surround yourself with calming imagery. Maybe you’ll paint your walls a color that makes you happy and serene. Or perhaps you’ll add a fountain in your room for soothing background noise.
3. Take a Break When You Need One
The hustle is great, but sometimes you need a break. Breaks are good for the mind, especially when you’re usually working hard! Let your mind go through its unconscious thoughts so that its conscious self can get back to work when you wake up.
4. Let Conflict be Conflict
Sometimes, we get into conflict, and we take all the blame. Or we hand the blame over to someone else. Either way, engaging in conflict and letting it consume you is not the way to attain calmness for your mind. The next time you find yourself getting wrapped up in conflict, take a step back, and ask yourself what good it is doing for you. If it’s not doing any good — and most of the time, it’s not—step away and let the conflict be conflict.
5. Observe from Far Away
It’s one thing to choose not to engage in something, whether it be a conflict or a toxic relationship. It’s another thing to decide to observe from far away, detach and then let go. For some people, it takes years to nail down the art of observing and detaching. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you — go at your own pace, and you’ll see progress.