Finding space to breathe: 5 quick fixes

Hello fellow nomads,

We all have those moments where life feels a little overwhelming. If you need to take a moment just to breathe and you’re not sure where to start, here are five suggestions of quick things to do that never fail to make me feel better. 

NB: these are heavily biased towards those of us with an introverted nature, but I’ve tried my best to include at least one that will appeal to extroverts!

Flora || If you live in an urban environment, it can be all too easy to forget to stop and appreciate nature. I get anxious if I spend too much time away from trees, so I like to go for a walk somewhere with green things. Feeling grass under my feet really calms me down. If grass ain’t your thang, alternatively I would recommend waiting for a clear night and going stargazing. Thinking about the enormity of the universe usually puts your problems into perspective (sometimes it does the opposite, but let’s not dwell on that).

Fauna || Related to the above, it’s amazing the difference petting a furry animal can make. Not only is the actual stroking therapeutic, but it gives you the opportunity to nurture something smaller and more defenceless than you. This can be empowering and also strengthen empathy. 

The arts || Altering your perception of your reality really can be a game changer. It can be something as low-brow as going to the cinema and watching a film about someone else’s life and experiences. Or you can head to an art gallery and view the world – maybe in a different time or place – through someone else’s eyes. Alternatively, try a music concert or crafting club.

Bake || This one is a winner for me, every time (unless I run out of eggs). I love the process, I love watching different ingredients combining to form something completely different, I love that you need to be a bit accurate, and I especially love that you get to eat the fruits of your labour. Also, I’m coeliac so I can’t just go out and buy decent cake any day of the week. So sometimes this is the only way I can satisfy my cake cravings.

Connect || Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and find out what’s new in their life. Meet up with a close friend to do an activity you both love. Write someone a handwritten note. If you’re feeling a bit stressed out or unhappy, don’t worry about whether people perceive you as “fun” or not. If they accept your invitation, chances are they enjoy spending time with you. Connecting with someone else, however briefly, is sure to lift your spirits.

What are your quick fixes when you need some headspace?



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