“Settling into a state of calm or peace should be like slipping into your favorite comfy sweater,” said Deborah Serani, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and author of the books Living with Depression and Depression and Your Child. “It takes a little bit of work to put it on, but before you know it, you’re relaxed and cozy.” That’s the great thing about calm: It is always with us. Of course, you may need to do a few things to access your sense of serenity and to practice coaxing it out. But calm is continuously available. It doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing.
Here are five ways to uncover your inner calmness.
Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, is an associate editor at Psych Central and authors the body image blog Weightless. She writes about everything from anxiety and ADHD to creativity and couples to mindfulness and stress. You can learn more about her work at her website.