How to Find Serenity Amidst Chaos
By Emma Williams
Most of us today live in big urban areas which offer little peace and quiet. No matter how exciting the concrete jungle may be in the beginning, every one of us ends up needing a break from it sooner or later. The noisy streets, all the different smells, the fast-paced walking in crowds, the rude strangers, and the immense pressure to keep going are all part of our daily lives in the city. Just because everybody else is in a hurry, doesn’t mean you have to be.
Doing things at your own pace and slowing down in a very fast-paced environment is easier said than done, though. Thankfully, there are foolproof ways to find the serenity you need to stay sane and happy in an urban society. The chaos doesn’t have to overwhelm you anymore, you just have to find the perfect way to cope with it.
1. Plan a weekend trip away
Staying in an environment that’s causing you a lot of stress is never a good idea. Sometimes you just need a little break from the city to feel relaxed again. You can plan a weekend getaway that won’t cost you much and recharge your batteries. Ideally, you should travel somewhere completely opposite of your usual city setting.
There are a lot of beautiful destinations which are full of nature. It doesn’t matter if it’s a beach or a forest, as the setting will give you a much-needed break. Plus, even the planning part of a vacation is exciting and gives you something to look forward to. So, you’ll get some happiness and serenity before you even start your trip.
2. Go off the grid
Being constantly available to people, whether it’s online or offline, means that your brain is constantly stuffed with new information. Soon enough, this tires you out and wastes all of your mental energy. We aren’t robots and there’s only so much information we can process before it starts draining our energy completely.
So, turn off your phone, don’t open social media on your laptop, and just enjoy not seeing or hearing from other people for a few days. No matter how much of a people-person you are, you still deserve some peace and quiet in the comfort of your own home. This way, you won’t have to process any new information and you’ll finally get the break you were aching for.
3. Put yourself first
It’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re living in a fast-paced and demanding world. If you want a bit more serenity in your life, you should put yourself first more. This doesn’t mean just buying something you’ve wanted for a long time or giving in to your sugar cravings, though. It means that you should also focus on self-care and enjoy relaxing spa treatments as often as you need to.
This is a sure way of giving your body and mind some rest. You could practice making homemade masks and scrubs, or you could splurge on professional spa treatments and massages. Whatever you decide, just make sure your body is getting the break it needs and your mind will follow suit.
4. Enjoy the moment
Life is actually just a series of moments, some of which you’ll remember and some of which you’ll miss. If you want to live a life full of serenity, you should focus on making the most out of the moments you get. Stop worrying about the future and the past, and focus on being here, now. When you’re living in the now, the future and the past can’t hurt you.
This is basically your out from the world of chaos that the city brings with it. Planning ahead is still okay, but don’t miss out on the fun things happening right now. The more of an effort you make to enjoy them, the more you’ll improve your life.
5. Accept your reality
Fighting against the storm only makes it pour harder. The truth is, you don’t get a lot of guarantees in life and you can only count on a few things. The faster you accept that the less stressed you’ll be. Living in the city means that a lot of things are left to luck and circumstance, regardless of how much try to gain control. You have to realize that living in chaos and uncertainty is the new normal.
This doesn’t mean that you should let everything go to chance, but it does mean that you should cut yourself some slack and accept that things won’t be the way you want them to be all the time. The sooner you accept the reality of living in an urban environment, the more serenity you’ll have in your life.
6. Bring nature to you
There are few things that clear out the mind and make us feel more relaxed than nature. If you don’t have the option to cycle or drive into nature on a weekly or daily basis (and most of us don’t), you can always bring nature to you. Fill your home with flowers and indoor plants to make the environment more soothing and give yourself more oxygen. For extra Zen, choose green plants instead of colourful ones.
You can also make your own little garden on your balcony. This concrete piece of land should be used for greenery. That way, you’ll always have an escape from the urban setting. You can grow spices and bonsai trees, for example. Those plants are perfect for gardening and tending to them will be a form of daily meditation. The rest of the balcony should be decorated with hanging plants, an artificial grass runner mat, and maybe even some fairy lights. The hanging plants will completely transport you out of the city, and artificial grass will contribute to the illusion and is more sustainable than the real one. The fairy lights will be just the final magic touch you need to sink into tranquillity.
7. Declutter to save a life
In the midst of daily responsibilities and overall city chaos, we usually don’t notice how chaotic our homes have become. No matter how tidy you are, we’re all guilty of cluttering our apartments. This is why you should strive to declutter your home as often as possible. The last thing you want when you get home from a long day is more chaos. An apartment that hasn’t been decluttered is often rather suffocating and offers no peace of mind.
Aside from giving you a little peace, decluttering can also relieve tension and stress. You’re doing something productive and beneficial for yourself and your environment through physical exercise. There’s no way you won’t feel good afterwards.
Finding inner peace is key to surviving an environment as demanding as the city. With these tips, you’ll get to breathe again and slow down to the pace you’re comfortable with. There’s no shame in living a slow life in a city. In fact, many people would envy you on your ability to minimize the stress and conquer the concrete jungle through inner peace. We’re confident your days will feel much lighter and more enjoyable once you find the coping mechanism that suits you best.
Emma Williams (Twitter) is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river.