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Zen in 2023: Staying Calm in Trying Times

Tranquility is a valuable but scarce commodity in 2023. The year has already delivered stresses and uncertainties that can leave us feeling overwhelmed.

In the midst of this turmoil, prioritizing moments of Zen helps keep you focused, energized, and healthy. That practice isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort. Here’s how to do it — and achieve the increasingly valuable commodity of inner peace.

Why staying Zen is more important than ever

The past few years have tested the resilience of people around the world, and 2023 is no exception. The weight of economic challenges, inflation, societal issues, and political turmoil contribute to heightened stress levels, no matter who you are and where you live.

Though stress is often dismissed as a fleeting emotion, it has real and dangerous effects on our minds and bodies. Day-to-day stress can cause anxiety, fatigue, headaches, and weakened immunity. When stress goes unchecked and becomes chronic, it can lead to digestive problems, muscle pain, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes.

In short, stress is no joke.  It’s important to dedicate time to self-care and to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. And sometimes you have to make your own moments of Zen.

How to center yourself even in the most trying times

These tried-and-true strategies will help you decompress even in the midst of chaos. Find what works for you and make it a habit:

  • Gratitude and positive thinking: Redirect your focus towards gratitude and positivity. Recognize the silver linings, no matter how small, and reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.
  • Disconnecting and reconnecting: Unplug from the constant bombardment of information and digital noise. Spend quality time in nature, engage in hobbies you love, and reconnect with your own thoughts.
  • Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding you’d offer to a friend. Embrace your imperfections and acknowledge that it’s okay to have challenging days — and try to strike the phrase “I should” from your vocabulary.
  • Cultivate a support system: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and loved ones. Sharing your thoughts and concerns with those who understand can provide emotional relief and comfort. You might be surprised that even the most “together” people struggle too.
  • Embrace stress relief: Deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation (tightening and then relaxing one muscle group at a time) are proven stress-relief techniques. Incorporating those and other mindfulness practices into your daily routine can help alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm.

Proactively set aside time for self-care

Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Self-care can help you maintain your equilibrium. Grant yourself permission to pause, even for a brief moment, to recalibrate and reconnect with your inner calm. This will help you find the bright side in tough situations, rally your loved ones when you need help, and protect your mental and physical health.

As you continue your journey through 2023, make finding moments of peace a priority. Embrace the power of positivity, find solace in the support of loved ones, and engage in practices that soothe your soul. Tranquility probably won’t become less scarce, and there are almost definitely more stresses ahead. Cultivating inner peace will help you weather uncertainty and, perhaps more importantly, thrive while you meet life’s challenges with resilience.

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