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Simply Good Life - How to Stay Calm in Difficult Times

In the next few weeks, I'm going to send some thoughts on how to stay calm in difficult times like th
Simply Good Life - How to Stay Calm in Difficult Times
By Adam Egger • Issue #170 • View online
In the next few weeks, I’m going to send some thoughts on how to stay calm in difficult times like this. Please forward the newsletter to others who might benefit from reading them as well.
Here are some things to focus on to stay a bit more relaxed.

Meditate
I’ve been meditating every day for almost the whole last decade. Meditation is one of the most beneficial practices one can engage in, especially in difficult times like this. It not only reduces the stress level short-term but it also lowers the overall stress and anxiety long-term if done regularly. Unfortunately, most of us get swept up in life’s pace and don’t make time for it but not making time for it can be a real loss for our health.
Here are some tiny mindfulness exercises that can help to quickly lower the stress levels:
  • Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and simply focus on your breath and gradually slow your breath down.
  • Or spend a few minutes sitting cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head.
If you want to find out how hugely beneficial meditation can be long-term just install Headspace or Calm on your smartphone and in the next few weeks go through the first free 10 lessons there. Game-changing!
Read
Read more, read long books you always wanted to read. I especially recommend reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” about his time in Auschwitz.
Here’s additionally a list of great books Bill Gates recommends:
From robo-wars to mindfulness: What Bill Gates is reading | World Economic Forum
Learn
What about learning a new language? Simply download Duolingo, and start teaching yourself a foreign language you’ve always wanted to learn. Add me there to see each other’s progress (my profile).
Duolingo - The world's best way to learn a language
Exercise
Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. My favorite Youtube Fitness channels are FitnessBlender (with many High Intensity sessions) and Melissa Bender (Fitness and health tips). And here’s a great German Yoga Channel by Mady Morrison recommended to me by one of you. Thank you Kerstin!
Journal
Another fantastic relaxing element is journaling. Journaling is helpful because writing down one’s emotional state already reduces stress. Additionally, writing about how we feel right now will be a helpful document for us when we look back at this surreal time sometimes in the future.
So, simply grab a notebook and start writing. It can be about the Coronavirus (for example describe how these pictures about life in the Coronavirus era make you feel), but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese. 
Have a good day, all!
Adam
PS: What is it that you do to reduce your stress level? Simply reply to this email or join our Simply Good Life Whatsapp group (by clicking on this link on your mobile).
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