A lot of times people ask me how I am able to do what I do and not be stressed about working with people who are sharing their life with me all day long. Apart from loving what I do and feeling so honored to witness the growth of the people that I work with I also take care of myself. These are some of the things that I do on a daily basis that helps keep me stress-free.
- Grounding Morning Practice
Research shows that even one minute of meditation reduces stress. Every morning when I get to my office, I do this practice for one minute. My one-minute mediation involves focusing on my breathing and adding a few words as a way to set the intention for the day. On the in-breath, I think of something that I would like to bring into my day such as “I am balanced” and on the out-breath I might invite “I am grounded”. This way to start the day allows me to start my day from a balanced, centered placed and not form a crazy place.
- After Lunch Practice
Whenever I can I go for a short brisk walk around my neighborhood. I walk with the intention of being present with the experience of being outside. I give myself an assignment, to see 5 different things, to smell 5 different things, to touch 5 different things, and to listen to 5 different noises. My assignment is to notice, just notice! This practice engages our emotional brain, the one we need to keep balanced.
- End Of The Day Practice
This practice is an ancient yogic breathing technique. The way I do it is by thinking of a triangle. One side of the triangle is my inhale breath. I count for a count of four. The next side of the triangle is to hold my breath. I count for a count of seven. And the last side of the triangle is my exhale breath. I count for a count of eight. I repeat this three times.
Self-care is fundamental for our ability to be present in our lives and live a healthy life both physically and emotionally. It does not require a huge commitment of time; it just requires a commitment on doing it every day.
Are you ready to start!