Finding Calm: Why it’s More Important than Ever

Welcome to 30 Days of Creating Calm! Over the next 30 days I will share motivation and information related to how we can cultivate stress-free calmness when life is feeling overwhelming or crazy.

WebMD states that, "Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions."

Today's world is more hectic than ever. Everything seems to be moving faster, people are more connected to their devices, and we are spending less time in nature and with those who bring us joy. However, the basics for creating peace and serenity remain the same. Living a calmer life is possible. Learning just a few steps and tools can help you gain control of the overwhelm that seems to constantly surround you.

That's not to say it will be easy. After all, you have a lot of responsibilities. There are your children, co-workers, students, tasks, deadlines, and more demanding your attention. It can be tough to tune out all the distractions and to focus on one thing at a time. All of that extra noise really adds to your stress levels over time.

One of the biggest reasons for our stress is that there is chaos and disorder throughout our lives, along with our never-ending list of to-dos weighing on our shoulders. It can all become too much to bear. During the next 30 days, I'll walk you through the various areas of your life and show you ways you can take charge of the never-ending frenzy that seems to confront you on a daily basis.

We'll start with clutter. Whether it's at home, on the job, or in your mind, clutter is a huge obstacle to calm. Technology can add to feeling hyped-up. The cascade of smartphone alerts and ever-present media can have you on-edge and out-of-sorts. Your immediate surroundings also play a big role in how you feel at any one moment. When all you see is mess and disorganization, it's bound to affect you in a negative way.

In addition to showing you the ways in which your life can be consumed by chaos, many of which you may never have suspected, I'll share with you tangible methods for addressing them. You'll discover tools for taking control of your life's disarray, no matter what the source. Journaling, meditation, morning routines, streamlining, organization, and other techniques are just the beginning of taking back your life and creating calm.

While life can seem like a free-for-all sometimes, it truly doesn't have to. Understanding what leads to the chaos and learning simple strategies to deal with these sources can go far toward creating a calmer world, at least in your little corner of it. Join me for a journey that I feel confident will lead to great things for you. I'm so happy to have you along with me!

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