Life is filled with ample opportunities to become stressed out, but is nearly devoid of peaceful, serene moments. A deadline is missed; appointments are running late; traffic is horrendous; the boss is on edge; the phones won’t stop ringing; a child is sick.Yet there are ways to take action, build resources, and develop strategies for cultivating serenity in daily life . Here are five serenity suggestions.
Review your thoughts:
Carefully consider your mental attitudes. We are what we think. The mind is like a garden. Good thoughts produce good fruit. Review your thinking to be certain that the focus is upon hope and triumph, not despair and defeat. Often a shift in thinking and perception opens the door to serenity.
Give yourself away:
People who volunteer their time agree that helping others makes them them feels terrific.A ten year study of 1,300 Michigan men found that those who were active outside the home lived longer, healthier lives than those who were not. Some scientists even speculate that volunteering produces a” helper’s high,” an exhilaration caused by the release of endorphins, the brain’s own mood elevating chemicals.
Take a hike: One of the quickest ways of moving from stress to serenity is to go for a walk.Even a short hike around the block is effective in lifting the spirit.Studies conducted by Robert Thayer, Ph.D; a psychologist at California state University at Long Beach, have found that a then minute walk can boost a mood more quickly and for longer than the “quick fix” of candy. While sweets may provide an initial energy boost, most people end up feeling even more tired an hour later. The benefits of walking , however, are longer lasting. Participants in studies reported feeling more energetic and upbeat an hour after walking and that the positive effects lingered two hours later. So the next time your peace of mind is threatened, invest ten minutes to turn it around.
Use music to soothe:
Eighteenth century German author Jean Paul Friedrich Richter noted the power of music upon the human spirit. “Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night life”, he wrote. At Baltimore’s St.Agnes Hospital, classical music was provided in the intensive care units.” Half an hour of music produced the same effect as ten milligrams of Valium”, says Raymond Bahr, MD, head of the coronary- care unit.
Employ the Therapy of Laughter:
Every one can take a cue from comedian Red Skelton who was then in his 80s. When asked by an admirer to shake hands, Red replied: “At my age you just hold it. It shakes by itself” According to W. F. Fry, MD, a psychiatrist and emeritus associate clinical professor at Stanford University medical school, humor is a ” direct antagonist to the three major negative emotions–anger, fear, and depression”
—By Victor M.Parachin