In the midst of everyday life, it’s hard to take a step back and give yourself time to de-stress. This article highlights some easy things to do each day to re-center and focus on the positive. These points are happily brought to you by Susannah McNutt who teaches and runs, Sol Yoga, and works these de-stressing tactics into her everyday life. She is also the yoga teacher of our free community outdoor yoga class at Lake Walk every Saturday morning at 8am! Get more info on that here.
Set aside quiet time each morning
Setting aside quiet time ensures that your day starts out on a positive and calm note. This time can be used to read, pray, meditate, say your words of affirmation, whatever helps you start your day off in a better place.
Wake up early!
This does not at all mean you have to wake up an hour earlier every morning. Even 10-15 minutes makes a huge difference and allows you to organize your thoughts and what you want to accomplish that day. So often we prioritize more sleep, leading to a stressful morning wondering if we are going to make it to work/school on time. Just think about how much less stressed we would be if the day started off with time to drink your coffee in your favorite chair, or eat breakfast at the table instead of in the car.
Practicing yoga and focusing more on the discipline side over the workout side is a great way to de-stress. This can be a “moving meditation” of sorts, where your movement matches your breaths having a soothing effect on the nervous system. This time allows you to focus solely on breathing rather than the many tasks to be done that day.
It’ll Be There Tomorrow
Don’t let any of your unfinished tasks rob you of focusing on the important things in life, there will always be dishes to clean, or a phone call you need to make. If pushing off that task for one more day means valuable time with family or friends, it may be necessary. Make time for the special people in your life, and live in the present as much as you can.
Find your Gratitude
Lastly, we want to leave you with a daily challenge. At the end of each day, take time to write down 3-5 things that you are grateful for. It could be something small like a friend you ran into and got to catch up with, or something more obvious like a promotion at work. Taking the time to reflect on the day, no matter how good or bad it was, allow yourself to re-center and remember what is truly important in our lives.
**Susannah also recommends a powerful book centered around the topic of gratitude that she is currently reading: 1,000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, by Ann Voskamp.