Has life taken control over you? Do you often feel overwhelmed? Or maybe you feel like your world is spiralling out of control? Does it seem like your day-to-day worries continue to build? If that is the case, I have three suggestions for you that will help.
The following ideas will:
Provide more inner peace throughout your day
Create more energy so you can achieve your goals
Increase your ability to enjoy life every day
I have encouraged numerous patients to embrace these self-care steps with resounding success. 1. Create a morning ritual. This means spending at least 3 minutes every morning meditating, journaling, setting a daily intention, manifesting how your day will go, savouring every sip of your morning beverage, watching the sunrise, stretching, or any other activity that will spark joy and instill a few moments of mindfulness before you rush into your schedule. 2. Break up the Day. Take similar 5 minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon; these time-outs will recharge your batteries and improve your efficiency and ability to multi-task with grace and ease. Taking an invigorating or leisurely walk is a perfect way to use this time; any other ideas certainly apply. 3. Evening Winddown: Create another brief evening ritual, either when you get home from work or are done acting as chauffeur for your children’s numerous after school engagements or after supper; ideally, this would be done in the hour before bed to transition to encourage wind downtime. Ideas for this me-time include reflecting upon and compiling a gratitude list, reading a traditional paper book which might be inspirational/motivational/self-help book or fiction just for fun, or any previously mentioned idea. If you invest this 16-minute commitment to your health, it will make you feel calmer and more in charge of your life.