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10 Calm Commandments with Cartoon Illustrations

Updated on August 26, 2011

This is the first part of my series where I use my cartoons to suggest calm living. Humanity has gone to great lengths to find that feeling of peace in the midst of the present-day fast life. Our minds are constantly bombarded with a great deal of information, fighting every moment to process and place everything in perspective. Here is my cartoon character Victor, providing us with 10 ways in which he makes his life calm.

Let's take a look at a day in his life.

"Victor inhales negative ions" (c)
"Victor inhales negative ions" (c)

1. Negativity is okay for once

Negative Ions freshen up the air, help in enhancing our breathing and mood, leaving us feeling calm and ever energetic.

An inexpensive negative ion-generator (Ioniser) will drive our worries away!

Natural Negative Ion Generators:

  • Himalayan Salt;
  • Natural environments;
  • Indoor Waterfall;
  • Take a hot shower. The steam releases negative ions;
  • Ferns and other indoor plants.

"Victor does Tai Chi" (c)
"Victor does Tai Chi" (c)

2. Do the Tai Chi moves

Practice just a few Tai Chi routines and feel your tensions go away.

The body's natural relaxation response to the art of Tai Chi is very powerful, as it helps focus on our breathing and keeps us in the present moment.

Regular practice brings down our stress levels, boosts our feeling of serenity, and teaches us to stay calm and collected in the face of life’s tribulations.

Although we need to keep stress on hand as our pal in case of emergencies, in a fight or flight situation, its constant activation wears out our body.

3. Start your meal raw

Raw fruits and vegetables are a great way to start your meal. They enhance calm and provide harmony to the course, with its alkaline properties.

"I love raw fruits and vegetables. However, I avoid them while travelling" Victor (c)
"I love raw fruits and vegetables. However, I avoid them while travelling" Victor (c)
"Victor looks chirpy and bright in white!" (c)
"Victor looks chirpy and bright in white!" (c)

4. Love to wear white?

The colors of our clothes make a sea difference in the way we feel. Light colors lead to a therapeutic calm. In color therapy, white represents cleansing and starting afresh and reduction of nagging feelings.

Wearing fully white gives us a lot of attention because we stand out in a crowd. So it is bidding goodbye to our loneliness.

White means purity, hence the selection of white in a wedding dress, a priest's cassock, and a nun's habit.

In summer, white is the best choice because it keeps our body cool and makes us feel fresh.


5. Watch the Fish

"Oh! The wishy washy Fish!"(c)
"Oh! The wishy washy Fish!"(c)

Fish make some of the coolest pets. We don't interfere in their space by just watching them.

While watching them gracefully cutting through the water with their silvery bodies, we instantly feel calm, as if watching the seas.

"My goldfish gives me attention by waving herself towards me while watching her. All she wants is for me to feed her. She seems always hungry. But I don't care, because she has no idea how calm she makes me feel by just watching her."


"Is Victor selling his watch?" (c)
"Is Victor selling his watch?" (c)

6. Put away the wristwatch

A wristwatch could sometimes be a stress-generator. Remove the wristwatch and notice how relaxed we feel.

Victor here thinks he can sell off his watch if it means he can buy a relaxed mind. That is tricking the mind into staying calm.




7. Set practical standards

We may set standards only if we can control the outcome. Setting too high a target may only disrupt our relaxed lives. There is no point in agonizing and beating ourselves up over getting perfect results.

Rewarding ourselves a bit from time to time could give us peace and calm.

One way to set a standard is to figure out how far we could push the envelope and set ourselves achievable goals. We could set many sub-goals to reach the greater objective of the main goal. Then, if we are unable to meet a sub-goal or two, it won't be so devastating.


8. Run for 30 minutes

"Heck! I can run!" (c)
"Heck! I can run!" (c)

Running is one of the greatest stress-relievers in life.

We would just have to put on our running shoes and use our natural talent to run, and we would find calm in barely a lap.


"Blessed is he who gets a good nights sleep." (c)
"Blessed is he who gets a good nights sleep." (c)

9. Allow our feet to meditate

We may use warm water with some essential oils to soak our feet. Massaging our feet with a moisturizer or bathing our feet in tranquil scented warm water relaxes us to blissful heights, in seconds.

We stand on our feet at least 16 hours a day, holding up pounds of our body-weight. Fifteen minutes of pleasure to the foot is all that is needed to feel calm.

An aunt of mine spends at least 1 hour, at the end of every day, just lifting up her legs and resting them against the wall. Call her crazy, but it works for her. She is 80 and healthier than most people half her age. She shares the same philosophy as above.


10. Sleep to our hearts content

Caffeine, hard liquor, colas, cigarettes and worries only interfere with the ability to stay calm.

We have to do whatever is necessary to get as much sleep as we feel we need. Read a book, listen to some soothing music or a calming audio book, or just do some chanting (spiritually this is like meditating) to induce sleep naturally, without any effort.

Sleeping pills have contraindications and should not be taken without proper supervision.


So, thank you very much for reading, and see you again soon! For now, I need to get a good night’s sleep, after a hot shower and some inhaling of all those blissful ions, like Victor suggests.

Stay Calm!



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    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      9 years ago from Dubai

      Hey thanks Cheryl am glad to hear that you'll be using these tips. Appreciate your kind comments!

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      Cheryl J. 

      9 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great advice and I love the cartoons. We are all in need of stress relievers. I will take your advice. Great hub.

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      9 years ago from Dubai

      Hi there moneycop Thank you for your kind words....and the vote "up"

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      9 years ago from JABALPUR

      rembrandz..u r good thinker and makes things understanding more clearly....voted up..

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      9 years ago from Dubai

      Hey Thanks Cashmere

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      9 years ago from India

      Victor is a wise, wise man...great hub

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      10 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you eventsyoudesign for your kind words. Will try to write more often.

      Thank you Pixienot Glad you found my hub useful


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      10 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Dear R.

      I loved the artwork. Made me smile. Such wonderful suggestions. Insomnia is something I deal with on a regular basis. It takes its toll. Thank you for your advice.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      10 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great hub. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I will most certainly read more of your hubs. The advice you dole out is sage and very easy for your reader to follow. I like the illustrations as well. I am glad to follow you. Teresa

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      10 years ago from Dubai

      Thanks for your pointers Pcunix ... Walking works definitely the best! I do agree.

      The other parts of this hub series it may hopefully cover the calming routines you do.

      brb soon :o)

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      Tony Lawrence 

      10 years ago from SE MA

      Well, let's see. I do number 10 because I get up when and if i feel like it. That's usually early, but no alarm clock drives me.

      I walk regularly -I think running is hard on your joints. I definitely set practical standards, and I eat a lot of fruit and nuts. So all that and no watch leaves me fairly calm.

      Most of the time :-)

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      10 years ago from Dubai

      Excellent to know you exercised the calm commandment No.6 already.

      Thanks for stopping by Pcunix and for your appreciation.

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      Tony Lawrence 

      10 years ago from SE MA

      I have not worn a watch since the early 70's.

      I tell my customers it is because I bill by the hour :)

      Good hub and I love the cartoons.

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      10 years ago from Dubai

      Thanks WE

      Glad you liked the imagery and layout. I am authorised first to address only my sketches...the health advice is just from my experience. This article just gave an opportunity to create Victor :o)

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      Website Examiner 

      10 years ago

      Can't honestly say that I'm into self-help, life-quality-improvement advice or anything of that sort, but I do appreciate your humorous and good-natured approach. Great layout and graphics as well.

    • rembrandz profile imageAUTHOR

      Remy Francis 

      10 years ago from Dubai

      Sure Maita Thanks for stopping by.

      Glad you found them useful.

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      10 years ago from US

      Hi rembrandz, these are all nice advices, I like to try tai chi and fish stalking, smiles, Thanks for this hub my dear, it is a fresh advice and looking at things in another way, Maita


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