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Find your Zen
You are stir frying broccoli with your right hand. On your left hand is your phone into which you are having an animated and possibly futile conversation with your boss on why a certain feature may not work. With your foot you are wiping the floor with a pare towel to remove the juice your toddler just sprayed on it. And as if it wasn’t enough, the door bell rings.
And that’s just your morning.
In this fast paced world, it is hard to deliberate slow down and that’s exactly what finding your Zen is all about- slowing down and finding that down time.
Here are 5 quick ways to find stillness amid the chaos anytime.
1. Close your eyes.
It’s as simple as that. It’s like pulling all the blinds down, tuning out from what’s going on on the outside and gazing inwards into the still darkness that lies inside of you. There in that inner world, you can find your grounding whether you are at work, having a tough conversation with your child or taking a moment before addressing something out of the ordinary.
2. Count to 10.
Your mom was right. It works! When faced with a stressful moment, stop and count to 10. It worked when you were little, and it works now. Add deep slow breaths (an ancient yoga breathing method to help calm the mind) when you really need to slow down. More oxygen rushes into your brain and calms you down completely.
Indulge in the silly. Let yourself relax. Humor is really important while dealing with every day stress. Learning to laugh at yourself is the biggest gift you can give yourself- it actually gifts you with a surprising sense of freedom.
4. Take a Walk.
Driving your kids everywhere with hangry drivers on the road, taking a public transport during peak hours all add up to actually inflict the mind with extreme stress levels – way more that we are even aware of as it’s so part of our every day life. A 30min walk with your head phones on, small strides and deep breaths helps push the reset button and leaves you feeling rejuvenated.
5. Let go.
Of everything. The painful past. The grudges. The jealousy. The unpleasant memories. It’s easier said than done but it is possible one day at a time. The feeling of lightness is so addictive you will feel motivated to let go of many more mental burdens.