Feel like your life sometimes spirals into a chaotic mess? Then Chaos Never Dies Day on November 9 is the holiday for you.
This made-up holiday encourages people to realize that chaos is part of life and that it will never die. So instead of getting hassled by it, just take a deep breath and let go of things that create chaos in your life on this day.
How to Celebrate?
- Take the day for yourself and do things that de-stress you. Pack your lunch and go for a picnic in the park with your loved ones.
- Watch a feel-good movie or read a book.
- Take a nap in the middle of the day and remember chaos never dies, so it can wait to hassle you for one more day.
Did You Know… …that chaos theory, which is the study of dynamic systems can be applied to many fields of study including mathematics, biology, meteorology and philosophy?
10 QUICK & EASY WAYS TO DE-STRESS
Most of ya’ll know stress all too well…the adrenaline rushes through your body as you try and deal with all life has to throw at you.
When stress strikes, try one of these techniques for a quick cool-down:
- Change the environment. Do something pleasurable or relaxing for a little while such as reading, watching TV, or taking a shower. If you are at work, step outside for a few minutes and get some fresh air.
- Practice breathing exercises. Focus on your breath, pushing all other thoughts aside. Be conscious of the breath coming in and going out; focus on the sensation of inhaling and exhaling.
- Meditate. This does not mean sitting crossed leg on the floor and burning incense. Meditation is really about quieting the mind. Not reacting; just noticing. Even a minute can make a difference. Be in the moment noticing everything around you and just observe without reacting.
- Pray Often, one’s faith can be a comfort. Saying a small prayer or series of prayers can be calming.
- Do relaxation exercises. Sometimes known as progressive muscle relaxation, practice tensing and then releasing each of your muscle groups. If your body is physiologically relaxed, then you can’t be stressed.
- Go walking or running. Exercise can be a great stress reliever. It helps you blow off steam and releases endorphins. Take a walk or go running. This will provide some perspective so you can return in a new frame of mind.
- Practice a rhythmic activity. Walking or running are great rhythmic activities that readjust your focus and relieve stress. You can also drum on a table with your hands or a few pencils.
- Immerse yourself in a creative outlet. Doing something creative that you enjoy like cooking, baking, art or photography can take you away from the stress at hand. For example, cooking or baking requires focus, concentration and physical activity—especially if you are making bread or rolling out dough.
- Express your feelingsWrite your stress away in a journal, take out your colored pencils and paper and focus your concentration on drawing, or have coffee with a trusted friend and just talk.
- Be in the moment with one of your senses. Sight, smell, sound, and taste—you’ll be amazed how quickly the stress melts away when you focus on just one of them. Eat something that you crave and savor each bite. Light a scented candle and breathe in your favorite scent. Listen to a wonderful piece of music and let it take you away. Look at something beautiful in your surroundings that makes you stop and stare.
If one method doesn’t work for you, try another. Learning to cool down takes practice. Be patient with yourself and you will reap the benefits.