Firstly and foremost, I cannot speak highly enough of yoga and meditation when it comes to assisting people to manage their stress and anger levels. If you are looking to zen out your life, then you need to be going within because that's where you'll find your inner strength and peace. Mindfulness, relaxation, self care and creative practises have all been linked to the improvement of mental health, concentration, cognitive flexibility and coping abilities, and we all need more of that good stuff in our busy lives. However, if you are angry or stressed a lot of the time than you really need it and I cannot advocate for these practises enough, they have really turned my life around over the last few years and I am more calm and in control of my life than I have ever been before.
I also adopted a personal mantra earlier this year, which I know sounds extremely corny, but it has really worked wonders for me. I tell myself this mantra whenever I find myself getting overwhelmed, upset or disappointed with situations, actions or people. It is a mantra that is simple and yet extremely effective in calming me down and helping me to get my head back into the right place when I find myself steering off course and getting bogged down in other people's bullshit.
I like to whisper it to myself and take a couple of deep breaths as I do, which is I know is slightly reminiscent of the Goosfraba chant from the movie Anger Management, but what can I say, my mantra works and it has saved me from a lot of heartache, stress and possibly explosive moments on numerous occasions. My mantra is simply:
I am only responsible for myself and my behaviour.
I cannot tell you how many times I have reminded myself of this and how liberating it is to think in this way. The only thing that you will ever have 100% control of is you. Your words, your behaviour, your thoughts and your actions. When you start to accept that mantra as an absolute truth, it is not only liberating for your own stress and anger levels, but it also allows you to become liberated from other people's stress and anger. You don't have to take on anyone else's stuff as your own, because it is not yours, it is theirs; and they have to be responsible for their behaviour.
I do highly recommend finding a personal mantra that works for you and trying it out when you find yourself in particularly stressful situations or when you feel your anger levels tweaking. We all deserve to live peaceful and harmonious lives and it is a challenge to not get bogged down in this busy and often insensitive world so why not try to manage your own anxiety in peaceful ways? You never know how zen you can get until you try.
Release Dates: 2014 and 2017
Running Times: 95 mins and 104 mins
A live-action animated fantasy/comedy written and directed by Paul King and based on the stories of Paddington Bear that were originally created by Michael Bond. These movies are actually quite adorable and very impressive, with a cast that boasts the likes of Ben Whishaw (Paddington's voice), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Noah Tylor, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson and Hugh Grant, to name but a few, and it's a mighty impressive line up. The visual effects are stunning, the character of Paddington is so sweet and good-natured and the tales are so heartwarming that it almost impossible to not to enjoy the viewing experience.
The first installment sets up the character of Paddington, the anthropomorphic bear who migrates from the jungles of Peru to the streets of London where he is adopted by the Brown family. In London, a terrible taxidermists attempts to add Paddington to her extensive collection.
In the second installment, Paddington is wrongly accused of stealing an expensive pop-up book and finds himself serving hard time (and making marmalade) in the London jail. The Brown family, knowing that Paddington is innocent, set about solving the crime themselves and freeing Paddington.
What's not to like about an adorable little bear in a blue duffle coat having misadventures in London? Paddington is cuteness on overload and with all star cast, these movies provide quality entertainment for the entire family.
FINAL SAY: Aunt Lucy said, if we're kind and polite the world will be right.
4 Chilli Peppers