~ Balance and Self Care ~
I hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer filled with a little more relaxation, perhaps a bit more fun, and maybe, just maybe some much needed time for yourself.
Did you try anything new?
Travel anywhere or spend time on the water or time outdoors?
Were you able to enjoy watching young ones catching lightning bugs?
Have you eaten your share of corn, tomatoes, and s’mores?
Read any good books or spend time reflecting on your life?
However you spent your time, were you able to feel satisfied?
Are you now in the thick of shopping for new school supplies, backpacks, dorm room essentials while gearing up for those back-to-school schedules, activities and sports programs? Perhaps you’ve got an upcoming wedding you’re helping plan. Whatever you have going on at this time, life can get pretty busy, pretty quick and before you know it you’re wishing it were summertime again...a little more laid back.
We’re actually not very good at hiding how we honestly feel, especially to our loved ones. If you don’t think so, just ask your spouse or significant other if they take the brunt of your unsatisfaction, stress and overwhelm. They’ll tell you.
Here is a powerful way to turn off the overwhelm and stress and tune into your internal GPS; the inner essence of you.
- Start by taking three deep breaths in and exhale three deep sighing breaths.
- Follow your breath, in and out. Meaning let your mind pay specific attention to the actual breath, along with the rising and falling of your chest and stomach as you do.
This breathing exercise can instantly change how you feel.
Use this technique to calm the overwhelm, the frustration, the worry:
Before you give a presentation, walk into a clients office, meeting someone for the first time, a networking event, or even before walking down the aisle on your wedding day or dealing with a co-worker.
- While still sitting in your driveway or parking spot after work and before you walk into your home, so you can separate yourself from your day at work, into being with, hopefully, the most important ones in your life, the human and furry kind.