We are living in chaotic times, yet it seems that every generation experiences some kind of chaos and disruption. From political disagreements to riots and epidemics, the uncertainty can make this world feel like a scary place.
Is it possible to find inner peace in the midst of chaos? Yes, and it’s easier than you think.
1. Intentionally redirect your thoughts
Regardless of what’s going on in the outer world, you have control over your inner world. At any time, you can sit down, close your eyes, and experience an unshakable silence. Or, if you struggle with silence, you can focus on the subject of your choice, be it your family, a pet, or a goal.
By redirecting racing, anxious, or fearful thoughts you’re creating a peaceful inner world. You can redirect your thoughts at any time – you don’t need to be sitting on a meditation cushion in half-lotus to create a peaceful inner world. Inner peace is created one step at a time as you gradually train your mind away from fear.
2. Use natural plant-based teas and supplements
Are you familiar with the calming power of plants? If not, it’s time to get acquainted with plants like chamomile, hemp, lavender, and peppermint.
If you suffer from anxiety, you’ve probably experienced residual anxiety in the body long after your mind has calmed down. It’s important to address both mind and body when working towards relieving stress and anxiety. The following plants offer that relief:
Chamomile is mainly used as a sleep aid to calm the body and mind before bed. It has a distinct flavor that not everyone enjoys, so if chamomile tea isn’t your thing, try chamomile capsules instead.
Hemp is one of the most versatile out there, but you can’t just eat the stalks. You need an extract that contains cannabidiol (CBD).
The CBD extracted from hemp provides the benefits of relaxation and relief from stress. Scientists believe that CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems. It’s believed that serotonin is released when CBD binds to these receptors.
Thanks to the federal legalization of products derived from industrial hemp, premium, high-quality CBD isn’t hard to find. For instance, Hemp Bombs produces high-quality CBD gummies and lab tests every batch to ensure quality. If you’re new to CBD, always make sure the company you buy from publishes current lab results.
The soothing properties of menthol make peppermint tea an excellent way to reduce anxiety. Menthol works by relaxing your muscles, making freshly chopped peppermint leaves the perfect addition to a warm bath.
While you’re tossing peppermint leaves into your bath, add some lavender. Lavender is one of the most soothing, relaxing plants you’ll find. You can drink lavender tea or find topical products to rub into your skin.
3. Soak in hot water with salts
Hot water has therapeutic properties that help to relieve stress and anxiety. Soaking in hot water is relaxing on its own, but when you add dead sea salts and Epsom salt, the experience is even greater.
You can get a decent soak in your bathtub, but the experience will pale in comparison to soaking in a Japanese Ofuro. The Japanese culture has been soaking in hot springs for centuries; they know the benefits of hot water. For instance, a warm bath can improve breathing, increase blood flow, and more.
A bath in Japan is not the same as a bath in America. In America, people get into a tiny porcelain bathtub to wash up and then get out when the water becomes dirty. In Japan, you wash up before getting into a rather large, expensive, wooden tub where you’ll soak for health and relaxation purposes.
4. Guided meditation
For anyone who feels like they fail at meditation, guided meditations will help. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to clear your mind to get results – you just need to interrupt the thoughts that are causing your anxiety.
If you can achieve a clear mind, great! If not, a guided meditation will take you into another world, far away from the thoughts keeping you stressed.
Allow the chaos to unfold around you
While you can take steps to reduce your anxiety and stress in chaotic times, the chaos may not disappear for quite some time. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the chaos when you go back into the world. Let the chaos unfold around you and stay focused on your inner peace.