Stress has this habit of creeping into our lives. The length it stays and the impact it has varies, and depends on whatever it is we’re dealing with at the time. I don’t know about you, but occasionally I reach a point when the best thing for me to do is to stay still and refresh.
Like a lot of people, I pride myself in knowing what’s good for me, but sometimes we get carried away with the hustle and bustle of life, and it all becomes a little bit too much. Recently, I decided to put words into action, and ideas into play – I set up a morning and evening routine and tried my hardest to stick to them. The results? Amazing.
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, so what you’re about to read is the personal account of someone who’s just trying to listen to her body, heart and mind… and at times struggles with motivation!
Wake up and stay still
Each morning during this process of what I like to call ‘How To Achieve Calm In 10 Days’, I made a conscious effort to take five minutes after waking up to lie still, be aware, and be with my thoughts. I’m not going to lie – the first couple of days were tough, because my first thoughts were either, “Oh no, I’m falling back to sleep” or, “I wonder what that burger meant in my dream”. Eventually though, I got the hang of it and just focussed on my breathing.
This little change in routine made such a difference and I found that once I actually got out of bed, I was just that little bit more ready to tackle the day.