Feeling a little overwhelmed? Do you find yourself feeling anxious, tense and yet, you’re still going, going, going? Are you running low on fuel in a busy world, trying to meet deadlines that seem out-of-reach and your ability for tolerance is slowly diminishing taking your mind, body and spirit into the dark abyss that I have come to call ‘Crappy Land?’ Like Michael Jackson sang,”You Are Not Alone.” We’ve all been there and it is not a fun or fulfilling place to be.
I have five solutions. They will help you AND they are simple.
Take some time to breathe. Breathing can be very healing by slowing your heart rate and clearing your mind. Take time to inhale deeply (maybe count to 4) with even a slower exhale (count to 6 or 8). This will send oxygen to your brain, enabling you to think clearly and calmly. Incorporate this easy technique while commuting to and from work or before and after dealing with a stressful situation. Do this when you awake in the morning and before you go to bed.
Drink lots of water. Our bodies take up over half our body weight so it is imperative to stay hydrated. 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water is a general rule of thumb. Some individuals require a little more if activity is a large part of their daily ritual. Water will hydrate, flush out toxins from your system and help you get through your day. Sometimes if you are feeling sluggish and having strong cravings, it’s your body’s way of telling you that you are dehydrated.
Change your mantra. Yet another simple and effective technique. Say it a loud a few times a day. Have the voice in your head say it for you. “All is well” “I am complete” or simply, “I am.” This will help center you, calm and even uplift your spirit.
Visualize. Just as important as your mantra. Visualize your place of peace,comfort and joy whether it’s a garden, the beach at sunset or the large oak tree in your backyard. Imagine yourself there and hold on to the feelings you have during this visualization exercise. This doesn’t take much time. You can take yourself there at any time, enabling you to stay centered and calm.
Do Something For Yourself. Whether it’s taking time to have a cup of your favorite tea while listening to enjoyable music, a 15 minute walk outdoors, calling a good friend or watching a movie that you’ve been wanting to see, this ‘time for yourself’ allows you to celebrate you! Practice this ritual every day. This is how important you are.
Try implementing these techniques every day for one week and see if you notice a positive difference. If you do, then be the Choo-Choo Train that Could and “Keep going!”