When was the last time you allowed your mind to just stop thinking?
It’s probably been a while, right?
A lot of the time it can seem almost impossible to quiet down the constant chatter. Our never ending to-do lists and our anxious thoughts have us consumed with how busy we are.
Being incredibly busy has somehow become a good thing to the point where people brag about it.
Unfortunately, we live in a modern world that revolves around a go-go-go mentality. As technology has advanced it has also become hard to separate ourselves now that we’re constantly connected at our fingertips. The moments where we allow ourselves to completely disconnect are rare.
But these disconnected moments are vital for our health and well-being.
Far too often I see people who are stressed beyond belief. They live in a constant state of ‘Fight or Flight’–a state that causes much damage to our mental and physical health.
When we relying on this mechanism we eventually find ourselves on a path that leads to many of the chronic illnesses that plague our culture today like: heart disease, anxiety, obesity, gastrointestinal problems and headaches.
What many of us may not know is that by making subtle lifestyle changes, like taking a moment or two everyday to slow down, we can cure these chronic illnesses without the use of harmful medications. Creating new habits in the form of getting more sleep, rest and meditating can also allow you to function on a higher level. Allowing you to work more efficiently.
I know what you’re thinking; you can’t possibly find any time in your busy schedule to quiet down.
Well, I call your BS. Because following these suggestions, you can.
The Anywhere, Anytime Breathwork:
While driving in the car, turn down the radio. Begin to connect with your breath. Gradually deepen the breath, inhaling down your spine and upon exhaling bring your attention to the crown of your head. This will feel like your breath is running up and down your spine. Then bring in this simple mantra. On your inhales repeat the word ‘So’ and on your exhale repeat the word ‘Hum’ Do this for the duration of your ride and either repeat the mantra out loud or quietly in your mind. For obvious safety reasons, keep your eyes open. This is especially helpful during those frustrating moments of traffic. Alternatively this exercise can be done while walking, sitting at your desk or while commuting on the train.
Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than you would normally get up—before the rest of your family and kids. Do something for yourself in these ten minutes like an abhyanga massage with sesame or coconut oil; depending on the season. Make yourself a cup of tea or hot water with lemon and drink it while creating an intention for the day. (Note: an intention is not running through your to-do list it is setting the tone for the day, how you would like the day to go, how you would like to feel). Or sit and make a list of things you are grateful for in that moment. The best part about this one is that it is a 10 minute commitment that makes a big difference.
Disconnect to Re-connect:
Dedicate the night time to truly disconnecting with the technological world. If you and your honey or family tend to watch TV all night. Suggest that you watch your one absolute favorite show then switch to reading the rest of the evening or playing a board game together instead. When you disconnect with the technological world around you, you are able to re-connect with yourself and your loved ones.
With Love and Quiet Moments,
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