5 Ways To Achieve Peace of Mind (When Your Mind is Going Crazy)
It’s totally normal. All the nerves, and chaos in your mind before the leap. And the big secret? It doesn’t go away. Even people who have been traveling and living overseas for years still feel the restlessness, fear, and should I cancel everything and keep living my normal life when when they’re two steps away from the day the trip that will change everything. So don’t think you’re alone in this one, sis.
When you’re feeling crazy, trust you’re exactly where you need to be. As my friend Janne Robinson told me mid-chaos in Singapore airport, amongst flight delays and cancellations, “things are happening for you, not to you.” Everything is working in your best interest.
Now, it’s just a matter of getting out of your own way. Here are five ways how:
I know, I know, you’ve heard it before. But are you doing it? Consistently? If not, who cares, today is the perfect day to start. Why not now? My favorite time to meditate is first thing in the morning for 20 minutes, when I’m still wrapped up in that chi energy. If you’re just starting out, do three minutes. The next day, work your way up to five minutes, then seven. Take the smallest baby step you can imagine. Progress is progress.
Tip: It may be helpful for you to set a timer or use an app like Insight Timer. Pro Meditator? Try the Starseed Transmission meditation on Insight Timer. Like woa. If you do it, leave a comment and let me know how it goes for you :)
If you’re still thinking, yeah Jac, but how do I actually do it? Here's how:
Start in a comfortable seated position. Doesn’t matter how, as long as you’re comfortable. Close your eyes, let your attention drift back inward, maybe sway a bit side-to-side. When your mind starts to float away (and it will) simply note it, and bring your attention right back to your breath. Noticing your inhales filling up your belly, and your exhales letting it all go. That’s really it.
Lemon Tea in the Morning
This is all about cleansing, grounding, and having little rituals to root you in your day when everything else is in flux. Another baby step. This small morning routine will not only cleanse and detoxify your body for the new day, it will also give you a moment to pause. And we could all use more of those.
Tip: Put on a song you love (or check out my Takeoffs and Landings playlist if you need some music to match your feelings), close your eyes, take a big breathe in, inhaling the steam of the lemon, and set an intention for the day. What is it? Peace of mind? Self love? Just enjoying the beautiful mess of this moment? Wanna get wild? Add chopped ginger + turmeric (get the root, not the powder) and mint. Extra goodness.
Move Your Body
It may be helpful to get up and get moving, first thing in the morning. Whether it’s a yoga class, walk in the neighborhood or hike in nature. Get the blood in your bones moving and there’s no way you won’t feel better.
Tip: Need some more moving inspo? Take a dance class, go on a long bike ride, go for a swim, etc. etc. . . there are so many ways to move.
Work Away from Home
If you work from home, go to a cafe you love. Home may feel like you’re too “in it” and make it hard to get other things done. Go somewhere that feels peaceful, where you enjoy the environment and can take in this moment in time you’re living in (cause soon your reality will be way different.)
Tip: Buy yourself something totally loving. Want the blueberry muffin but don’t want the sugar crash? Get yourself a smoothie that will support you and give you fuel. Every choice counts.
Go on a 4pm Walk
This might be my favorite. Because it’s the hardest to do, but it makes such a difference when I do it. I don’t know about you, but around 4pm every day my body is saying, hey girl, I need some air. And as much as my mind wants to keep on pumping, my heart says, yeah girl, I got you. And together, my head and my heart go on a walk. To the beach if possible. I’m always so satisfied by this decision, I’ve made it a part of my every day.
Go on a mandatory 4pm walk in your leaving phase. If you love it, keep this routine.
Tip: Do a walking meditation and write down and downloads that come your way.
Bonus: Eat Real Food
Food impacts our functioning and mental state so much. And this may be a time when you’re clearing out the fridge and tempted to eat your feelings (hi, pint of Ben + Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk) but there is another way. Fill yourself up on all good things that grow from the earth.
Tip: Cook starches like beans and lentils or root vegetables like carrots, potatoes and beets to help you feel grounded. Swap sugary drinks for coconut water, or plain ole’ H20. Get crazy and put a couple berries in there, or make it bubbly. Regardless, eating real food will make you feel so much more clear and grounded. Just think: every fruit and vegetable you eat is healing you and helping you.
When you're goin' through it, and feeling a little crazy because of it, and like there's no one else you can relate to, know this is just a part of the process. Things are shifting and changing, and that's exciting (and stressful and scary.) But there are little ways to be good to yourself in the process, and you deserve all that extra care right now. Making these six shifts will make you feel more at peace, body and mind, during this whole wild process. Deep breathe.