“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.”
– Marcus Aurelius
When you’re stressed out, it’s very hard to care for yourself, let alone for others. So, gaining a sense of calmness and tranquility is definitely something you want to have when attending to your loved ones.
At Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation, we place a high value on care, which explains the great reviews, mentioning our staff’s level of care and professionalism. But, this wouldn’t be possible if we’d be stressed-out, tense, and preoccupied. High-quality care and burnout don’t go together for too long.
So, if your self-care and the care of your loved ones speak to you and are ready to reach a higher level of tranquility, here are 5 practical routines you can start implementing today.
5 Tranquility Habits
1. Disconnect from Technology
This is a big one these days. Screen time doesn’t lead to tranquility. In fact, “more than a decade after the emergence of smartphones, Facebook and Twitter, a profile is emerging of the “constant checker,” says the American Psychological Association, and “the constant use of technology is associated with higher stress levels.”
Keep this in mind and actively set time limits on your technology use if you value your serenity.
2. Social Connection
Besides for boredom, isolation can be harmful on an emotional level. Our need to connect with others also affords us more energy and focus, which can help us feel more competent, capable and calm.
How about setting up a scheduled routine, to make sure you keep up with family and friends?
Being around others is great, but we also need some time to ourselves. Some need more and some need less. But, if you can’t stand your own company at all, something isn’t right.
There aren’t any rules to this, but taking the time you need for yourself goes a long way in achieving tranquility.
4. Just Being
This one is about less doing and more being. Have some time to just live in the present moment, without rehearsing the past or being occupied with the future. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which has been completed by more than 24,000 people, is all about this.
You don’t need to start a meditation practice for this. For starters, why not set aside a few minutes a day to just notice what’s going on as it’s happening.
There’s a certain sense of serenity that you can feel when you surround yourself with nature. The trees, grass, water, chirping birds and fresh air can calm your system down pretty fast. Nature, almost by definition, seems to have tranquility built-in to it.
What’s even more interesting is a piece of research posted by Sheffield University, claiming that “tranquil environmental scenes containing natural features, such as the sea, cause distinct brain areas to become ‘connected’ with one another while man-made environments, such as motorways, disrupt the brain connections.”
Do you have any favorite spots you can make a habit of visiting (or viewing)?
If caring for self and others is of importance to you, tranquility is a necessary component. Which of these 5 tranquility-boosting habits do you see yourself implementing?
What can you do today to find more tranquility?
Please share in the comments below.
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