The 3 Life-Changing Habits for Learning How to Stay Calm (Like, Forever)

Learn to be calmer you.

Habits can either be good or bad. While you may choose to focus on eliminating (or at least, reducing) those bad habits, you might be better off spending the time cultivating more of those positive ones–like learning how to stay calm. All. The. Time.

But where to start? It makes sense to focus on habits that will lead you to be calmer, more centered, and unflappable no matter what issue you’re facing. Leading a calmer life overall can help you handle stress better, make you more efficient, guide you in making better decisions, lower your blood pressure, and increase your overall sense of well-being. Plus, anyone who struggles with anxiety may find some relief from bringing more calmness into a daily routine. Just being a calmer person is a great springboard for getting you in the right headspace to focus on growing even more positive habits.

As someone who has experienced anxiety in my life, I can tell you that learning to cultivate a calmer presence has had a positive impact on my level of anxiety. Not only has it made me more able to cope with periods of anxiety, but it has helped to reduce feelings of anxiety overall. That’s pretty powerful stuff.

Here are three good habits I focused on to bring more calmness into my daily life.

3 Life Changing Habits for Learning How to Stay Calm

  1. Learn not to sweat the small stuff.  Don’t get caught up in the details, but instead, focus on the big picture. Don’t take things personally. Learn to let stuff roll off your shoulders. Now, that doesn’t mean to hide your head in the sand when something needs to be addressed, but rather, deal with it and move on. Don’t hold onto those small negative things after they’ve passed. Learn to let go.
  2. Incorporate downtime. I found that always being on the go increased my stress and anxiety. And, I realized that instead of beating myself up for not being strong enough to handle 14-hour days, I started incorporating more down time in my routine. Walks in nature, getting away from screens, meditation, and exercise are all great examples of how you can include down time to bring about a sense of calm in your life.
  3. Be in the moment. Practice being present as much as possible. It sounds so simple, but for anyone who has tried it, it can prove difficult. The beauty of this good habit is that the more you practice it, the easier it gets. Also, by learning not to sweat the small stuff and adding more down time into your life, it will make being in the moment easier.

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Jen Wallace

Jen Wallace is a communications consultant and freelance writer who writes about everything from independent business tips to the modern history of the American hemline. Jen's passions and interests are varied and include a love for all things fermented, locavorism, cats, and community building among others.