• Mary Ruth Velicki

5 Ways to Calm Your Mind

Updated: Oct 6

Our minds alert us to danger and help us to be safe and to survive. It is important to listen to our fears and to take action when necessary. However, sometimes these messages are outdated and they keep playing in our body-mind even after the threat has passed. This keeps the body in the fight-flight mode and our minds in a vigilant state which is exhausting and can lead to mental and physical dis-ease. Becoming aware of these fear-based thoughts and emotions and updating them with uplifting messages can help us to calm down and move into a state of greater health and well-being.

What follows are five key ways to calm your mind.

It takes work, but it is worth it. Because as your mind calms down, you will be able to experience more peace even when life is tough.

1. Calm your body

The body-mind connection is powerful, so one of the best ways to calm your mind is to relax your body. In the first post in this three-part series I share 5 Ways to Calm Your Body. When our bodies are relaxed, we receive sensory feedback commonly associated with safety, and this can help us move out of fear and anxiety. In addition, when we focus on how our bodies feel as we are relaxing, it can give help us move us out of stressful loops or patterns that are keeping us ramped-up.

2. Get grounded

When you feel like you are spinning, focus on feeling the soles of your feet on the ground. While you are standing there, take some deep breaths, unlock your knees and hips, and picture roots coming out of your feet and burrowing deep into the earth.

3. Watch your mental diet

Decrease your consumption of information that feeds your fear. Take in what you need to be safe and informed so you can make life-giving decisions, and leave the rest.

4. Comfort yourself

When we accept, support, and love ourselves, we calm down. So, give yourself comforting messages. It may be helpful to say them out loud or to write them down. If this is difficult, picture yourself as a child and tell yourself what you have always wanted or needed to hear.

5. Fill up on hope

Life is in constant flux; it is always changing. It may be an uphill climb, but there are sure to be peaks up ahead. So, when life looks grim, remind yourself that “this too shall pass”. Remember, that no matter what is happening in your world- love and light are always present. Look for it in the dark times, and if you can't see it- ask for spiritual help.

As we move out of the fear-mode it becomes possible to entertain ideas that are not based in survival. Our minds are then free to contemplate more life-giving, open, and creative options for ourselves and for others.

💜≈ For more information and activities to calm your body and mind, I encourage you to check out my second book, Healing with Awareness. Please join the blog below if you'd like to receive future posts in your inbox.