Young Muslim blogger, Laiba Jamshed gives insight into how to achieve calmness:
There are times when the Dunya just gets to our heads. Work gets too much and the feeling of being under pressure overwhelms the mind. In these difficult moments, we often find ways to keep calm.
Keeping calm requires great strength and effort, but we can always achieve it by taking a deep breath and taking certain practical actions.
Let’s look at five steps to achieving calmness. Take a moment to read them, and insha’Allah hope they help!
- Treating your parents well
Leave everything, as soon as it gets too much, and sit with your parents, even if you are the only one at home. Give them your attention, your time and your heart will surely find peace.
“The best of the deeds or deed is the (observance of) prayer at its proper time and kindness to the parents.” [Sahih Muslim I 85]
- This life is temporary
This world is not permanent, no matter what happens. To achieve great things in this life is not as important as to achieve Allah’s approval for the hereafter. It is okay to fail a test, not get a job or a degree.
Everything is temporary, but still do your best!
“And this world is nothing but the comfort of illusion” [Quran 3, 185]
- Allah has promised ease after hardships
Throughout the Quran, our Allah assures us that after every hardship, there will be a period of ease. This is a great comfort for us when we find situations difficult to deal with; we must always remember that Allah is with us.
“Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” [Quran 94:6]
- The awareness of Allah and accountability.
We can forget sometimes that stress, anxiety, and other obstacles in life are tests by Allah and that they are placed in our way in order to test our Sabr.
Therefore, when our stress levels are too high, remember that this is just a test from Allah, and He is always there for us as long as we are patient and turn to Him for help. We are never alone.
“So, remember Me; I will remember you. Be thankful to Me, and never ungrateful.” [Quran 2:152]
- Have positive thoughts and reminders by Allah.
There are many wonderful and positive words in the Quran, and some of them are found in authentic Hadiths too.
No doubt, Allah has guided us and we will further seek His guidance when stressed by looking at some of the strengthening words.
“Recite in the name of your Lord who created [man]” [Quran 96:1]
I hope these humble suggestions have been helpful to you.