It’s easy to let our day to day tasks overwhelm us and stress us out. Whether you’re dashing from one meeting to the next or scrambling to keep up with household chores there’s just SO MUCH to keep track of. On top of that you’re “SUPPOSED” to eat well, take time for self care, exercise, etc…
We get it how do you find the time? Well on those especially busy days (or weeks) here’s your Top 5 Exercises to keep you sane and working toward your bigger vision.
I know it seems cliche and obvious that you need to focus on your breathing but studies have shown that even a few short minutes of mindful breathing can shift not only our mood, but also gives us a mental boost and reduces stress levels.
Keep it simple! This isn’t about coming up with your next novel or writing a ground breaking poem (although it could be). This is about getting your creative juices flowing! Just put pen to paper and set a timer for 5 minutes. Start with stream of consciousness writing. Whatever hits the page is perfect DON’T EDIT. You may find you have something specific you want to talk about, but you may also find you just write “this is my pen” 300 times. Just write…something…anything.
Get out and MOVE! The weather is finally turning nice enough that’s it’s pleasurable to be outside here in Texas. Take to nature and get moving. Aim to walk for 15 minutes to start. As you walk focus on your surroundings, the sounds you hear, and the smells around you. Start off without music or podcasts and just allow yourself to tune into the present moment. Even better combine this exercise WITH your breath practice!
Grab your favorite blog, book, or podcast that has QUALITY content. Something that truly inspires you. Something that after you’ve read it you know you just HAVE to get going and do your thing. Set your timer for 10 minutes and shut off all other notifications. Allow yourself to completely tune into what you’re reading.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world couldn’t be wrong, right? Hit your mat! You don’t need to do an hour or 90 minute practice (although you could) to get the benefits that slowing down and moving with your breath offer. Set your timer for 15-20 mins and just move. Uninspired to create a home sequence? Grab one of our free online classes (don’t worry they’re all under 20 mins).
The moral of the story take a few minutes to focus on YOU. Let everything sit (I promise it’ll be there when you’re done). You may find you’re even more productive or at lease more present in your work and personal life with just a few minutes each day.