"The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are." -Rumi
We live in a world where we feel a need to fill every second with people, activities, and thoughts. I'm on a mission to help you do more of what lights you up physically/mentally/socially, and less of what doesn't. Let's navigate this busy, yet demanding life so you can enjoy it more and stress less.
The power of no. Make space by clearing room. Your time is a limited resource. If you're asked to participate, join, or take part in something that doesn't make you say, "I'd love to!" It's a no. Need help flexing your 'no' muscle? There's a wordsmith I'd like you to meet. She'll teach you how to say "no" to anything ever. Cheers to your less-stressed calendar and state of mind.
Know how to jumpstart your joy. There are a gazillion reasons why we get into a funk. Sometimes it's as easy as waking up on the wrong side of the bed. It's our job to raise our energy and change our less than desirable mood. Here's how... list at least five things that make you crazy happy. Make sure that you can do it in under 5 minutes for less than $5. Mine include: blasting a favorite song, sitting in the sunshine, snuggling with my beagle, cuddling with my kids/hubby, sipping a caramel latte, checking a favorite blog, yoga, getting fresh air, or connecting with a friend. Feelings follow action. Have your joy jump starters ready so you can shift your energy and mood when the time arises.
Create your ideal day. I have this little app called Balanced (go figure:) and I use it to track the activities I want to accomplish every day. My activities are: Create Something, Study, Move My Body, Meditate, and Cuddle + Love. We've already touched on how feelings follow actions, so this helps me to feel creative/useful, wiser, healthier in my body and mind, and connected. What's your ideal day look like?
Savor the moment with your senses. A trick I use to be more present is to pause and utilize my senses. It creates layers to the event. The more information my brain collects, the more likely I'll appreciate it and remember the moment. Take some time to smell, listen, feel, look, and hear what is going on around you.
Hibernate. Rest. Recover. This can be difficult in our fast-paced culture. While I'm transitioning into rest mode, my mind will be racing with all of my should-be-doing thoughts. I have to consciously give myself permission to nap, read, watch a movie, etc. The clock is my friend on this one. I'll set a specific amount of time to decompress. It can be 20 minutes or a full afternoon. During that time there is no guilt. Once it is up, I get back in action. In his book, The Power of Rest, Dr. Mathew Edlund describes four kinds of active rest: mental rest, social rest, spiritual rest + physical rest. How many can you get in today?
Use transitioning breaths when moving from one task to another. This is a technique I've been using to bookend activities and I love how it creates clear sections throughout my day. Inhale deeply with a soft belly, exhale slowly until you're empty, pause for 1-3 seconds, and repeat a few times. It's a great way to create mini breaks and allows for more presence as you shift tasks/roles.
Move your body. This High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout comes from one of my favorite people, Julie Bollinger. Her classes have helped me up my physical game. I highly encourage you to give it a go!
Pick one, two or three of the rounds. Rest 1-2 minutes between sets! Start with a simple warmup up of jogging in place for 30 seconds, squats for 30 seconds, and plank for 30 seconds, repeat for a three-minute warm up.
Round #1: Set timer for 10 minutes and complete as many rounds as possible! 1. 10 squat jumps 2. 10 jumping jacks 3. 10 mountain climbers 4. 10 skaters
Round #2: Set timer for 10 minutes and complete as many rounds as possible! 1. 20 burpees 2. 20 jack touchdowns 3. 20 pushups 4. 20 crunches
Round #3: Set timer for 10 minutes and complete as many rounds as possible! 1. 30 Donkey kicks 2. 30 lunges (15 on right, 15 on left) 3. 30 bicycle crunches 4. 30 sumo squat side bend crunches
Bam! You did it! Now on with your day.
I'd love to hear from you. Let me know if any of these resonated with you. If you have a strategy that you use and love, please share!
In Health + Happiness, Jody