Daily Tension Reliever
It’s another day and you’re zipping right through it.
Regardless if you’re pregnant or not, rushing through the day is tiring and leaves you zapped of energy later in the day.
I know, you don’t have time to relax.
I know, your day is just packed with things to do – see the doctor, go food shopping, pick the kids up after daycare or school, etc. Cook dinner,make phone calls, work, walk and text, and so on. I know. And all the business depends on your lifestyle and what your interests and responsibilities are.
I know a man (a neighbor of mine) who on the week-ends won’t spend time with his family because he has all these “things” to do: mow the lawn, return rented movies, do his laundry, and other “things” … In reality most of these things could be done relatively soon if planned out time wise.
But. That isn’t the point here.
What is, is this. His mind is “spinning” with all the things he THINKS will take forever thus leaving no “mental” time to spend with his family. He is consumed with a perceived perception of what he has to do in his head. It’s an unrealistic perception. In fact it’s a false one that is “self-made” and robbing him of quality time with his family.
Pregnant women often do the same. 9 months”feels” like a long time at first, but passes quickly because of our busy lives and “getting ready” for baby.
Have you ever experienced this? Where your mind is just on autopilot? It seems to be the way most of us are living these days.
Well this can create a lot of unseen tension in the body. You may feel symptoms of stress – muscle tightness, headaches, upset stomach, the blas, colds, emotional distress, etc.
So much of stress is 99% self-induced and causes physical illness, aches, and pains,worry and anxieties. It makes sense then that creating calm in your thinking habits, in other words – hopping off the thinking treadmill, will make you not only happier, but create time to actually enjoy your life by being engaged in it, rather than racing through it.
Here are a few steps to slowing down.
- become aware that you are indeed racing through your life
- are those “things”, the list you have in your mind REALLY going to eat up the whole day?
- so what if you take 5 minutes to stop and “smell the roses”, is that such a bad thing? (no. no, it’s not)
- how can you plan those “things” to do more efficiently? How many of them can you do in one trip for example, or combine them to use your time better
- rest and create several minutes of calm. Here’s how ….
find a quiet place (quiet nurtures calm), sit upright while paying attention to your surroundings (sitting upright keeps you engaged and from drifting to sleep). Focus on your breathing and notice the rhythm and how effortless it is … breathe slowly in and out a few times. Now, use your imagination to create a favorite chair that has the ability to float. This chair can be anything you create in your mind, hopefully you’ll create one that is well padded and comfortable to float in :-). Now imagine floating in this chair. You are completely safe and the longer your float comfortably, the less tension you feel in your body … as you float tension in your body disappears from every muscle and cell… just enjoy being free of tension .. from head to toe
If you dislike the idea of floating and rather sit in your favorite chair on the beach, in a meadow, in the woods, etc., that’s fine too. Imagining where YOU want to be that creates calm for you will make this exercise more effective.
Do this as long as you can on and off throughout the day and everyday … you’re working on the rest you need while at the same time rejuvening yourself physically and mentally. Many times while at rest some of the BEST ideas come, or solutions to challenges appear simply because you allowed yourself to slow and calm down and rested your busy, no-stop thinking treadmill.
Be kind to yourself. Calm down. Did you do it? What happened? Share? Would love to hear!