Tonight, let’s talk about reality….
Some days everything seems to spiral out of control. Your workload is heavy, the e-mails and calls are funneling in, the laundry is spilling out of the hamper, the kids are feuding, and the dog just pounced in the house……muddy paws and all. You feel frantic. The constant interruptions disrupt your progress as you try to maintain control. You move as fast as you can….yet you still feel unproductive and sloppy. By day’s end, you feel stressed and frazzled. What’s worse? You can’t even shut down your brain because you fear you may have missed something important.
Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so. But you know what? It doesn’t have to escalate to the point of no return! There are simple things you can do to gain control during even the most hectic of days.
I am definitely one for looking on the bright side of things and I work hard to spread positivity, but you know what??? Life isn’t perfect and that’s OKAY.
Next time you find yourself stuck in a whirlwind of tasks, stressors, and deadlines; find a quiet place and allow yourself 15 minutes to follow this easy countdown exercise to bring you back to center.
FIVE minutes of physical activity: Take the time to go for a brisk walk, do some lunges, squats, push-ups, jumping jacks…anything that gets your body moving and your heart pumping and give you a break from the chaos. By distancing yourself from the craziness you can help your mind let go of the immediacy of issues. And the release of endorphins from exercise can help to lift your mood.
FOUR minutes of gratitude: After you’ve spent some time loosening up your body, you can begin clearing your thoughts. Use your time to contemplate how grateful you are for the people who support you, comfort you, and add value to your life. Be thankful for your health, family, friends, home, simple comforts, healthy foods, the wonders of the world around you, etc. Think BIG and make a list of gratitude, or keep it simple and write a note to someone who has made an impact in your life. (Send it off tomorrow…no need to add more work to today)
THREE minutes of meditation: Now that your body and mind have hopefully returned to a more positive state……you can work on really clearing your mind. Prayer is a great way to focus your attention elsewhere and to throw your burdens on God as you let him help you through the hard times.
TWO minutes of silence: Loose body, happy heart, clear mind, the last thing you need to do is take a moment to clear yourself of ALL distractions and focus on happy. Phone OFF. Lights OFF. Block all stimuli you can. After the two minutes are up….you will hopefully feel calm, cool, and collected.
ONE minute deep breathing. Breathe slowly, filling the lungs. the simple act of breathing has a way of slowing things down and bringing a sense of control.
And always remember, you are amazing, and nothing can stop you from achieving HAPPINESS!
xoxo Your Coach,