7 Ways to Ride the Wave Through Turbulent Times

12/21/2012

Turbulent times photoIt’s been a rough month--just before the holidays the tragedies in Newtown, CT made the nation’s heart seem to burst at the seams. So much violence in an elementary school, a place that formerly seemed immune from the atrocities that took place. 

You can’t help but feel the pain that these innocent families are enduring, even if you’ve never met them. Our nation is experiencing turbulent times and finding the bright side seems difficult.

(This is not a doctor's advice.)

Finding peace is harder than ever so here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Talk it out.

It may seem easy to avoid but talking with family and friends makes you feel less disconnected from those that love you. Especially when others are in the same boat. Be honest about how you feel and give words a try.

2. Limit the news.

Disconnect from the news cycle. Be present when you’re watching the news and notice how the images are impacting your reality. Don’t just have the news on all day as background while you’re working on something else. Catch up on current events in the morning rather than the evening; too much negative news in the evening makes it difficult to go to sleep.

3. Write it down.

Journaling photo

Journaling organizes your thoughts so in turbulent times your world isn’t so chaotic. Don’t worry about grammar or whether your written word makes any sense. You don’t even have to read it if you don’t want to. Just be vigilant and pick a time each day to journal.

4. Shift your thinking.

Are your fears realistic? Take an aerial view of your mind and realize that many of the fearful junk that runs through it will never happen. Don't let fear take over your life.

5. Slow down with yin yoga.

In yin yoga you'll hold poses for a longer period of time. Each class you’ll hold four to five poses for 3 to 5 minutes each. The teacher will walk you through various relaxation techniques. But more than any other form of yoga, you’ll find it’s a mechanism for release, for letting go of the weight of stress in your life. 

6. Try group meditation.

Group meditation photo

Sometimes it’s hard to face our thoughts when times are tough but this is when you need to the most. A group meditation class may be the answer. It’s organized for you so all you have to do is sit still and relax for the length of class.

7Get support if you need it.

Don't be afraid to talk to a professional. If you're avoiding everyday situations or have fearful or sad thoughts that you can't shake, it's no reason to be embarrassed.

Photo: George Doyle/Thinkstock/Thinkstock/Brand X Pictures

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Sara Novak writes about health and wellness for Discovery Health. Her work is also regularly featured in Breathe Magazine and on SereneKitchen.com. She has written extensively on food policy, food politics, and food safety.


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