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Posts Tagged ‘overwhelm’

How to create calm in your busy morning routine

Does this sound familiar?

Your alarm goes off and you automatically think of your never ending to-do list.

A sense overwhelm overpowers you.

Your heart races and you feel panic in your body. 

Coffee goes on and the hustle begins; get ready for work, prepare lunch for you and the kids, get the kids ready, drop them off to school, arrive at work.

….All the while you are thinking of everything you need to do.

Exhaustion has kicked in by the time you arrive at work so you buy another coffee and attempt to get something done.

You can’t quieten down your mind and so you just rush through as many things as possible aware that you are making mistakes along the way. 

Lunchbreak, what is that? You eat at your desk so you can pick-up the kids on time from after school care. 

Kids, tick! Dinner, tick! Get ready to do it all again tomorrow, tick!

The day is done and you consider sitting down to relax but you know you need to get some sleep.

So you lie there. Tired but wired because of feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted. You begin worrying you won’t get everything done and as a result you stay awake for most of the night.

This never ending cycle continues day after day after day…

Honey, take a deep breath…

Inhale through the nose and exhale with a big sigh out your mouth. This blog post will give you some simple strategies and tools to help you create more calm in your busy morning routine and throughout your day.

Breathe baby breathe

During your busy routine, ground through your feet and place your hands on your belly, then as you breathe in let your belly expand, and as your breathe out let your belly come back in.  This breathing technique is simple and easy to do and you can carry it throughour your busy routine from morning to night.

Benefits

  • Reduces negative stress by lowering the stress hormone – cortisol
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Improves mental focus and concentration
  • Improves your mood by elevating the ‘feel good’ hormone

Put on some music

Music is known to be uplifting and can immediately take you out of a funk or a busy mindset because it relaxes you and just takes you out of your head. Just make sure you play some good uplifting music and nothing that will create anxiety or stress.

Benefits

  • Reduces negative stress by lowering the stress hormone – cortisol
  • Improves your mood by elevating the ‘feel good’ hormone

Meditate for Calmer Mind

Meditation is the best thing you can do to help calm the mind it has amazing benefits when practiced regularly.

Benefits

  • Reduced anxiety, tension and stress
  • Increased calm and pleasure
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Increased vitality and energy

Meditation changed my life

How to start a meditation practice

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. it’s a form of meditation and you can do this when you in the midst of your busy routine.  When you are washing the dishes, just be mindful and present with it or when you are washing your hair experience the internal and external experiences you are having with the process of washing your hair. Become more present in everything you do and you will pracitce mindfulness. This is a great practice to start doing even if it is when you are brushing your teeth as a first step and then gradually build until you start becoming more mindful and present throughout your day.

Mindfulness provides many benefits, including the ability to reduce stress, rise above self-limiting beliefs, improve focus, develop self-awareness, facilitate calmness, and handle difficult emotions such as frustration, resentment, boredom and anxiety.

 

All of these practices will not only help calm your mind and help you become grounded, but it will take the havoc out of that busy routine we go through everyday.

So, tell me in the comments below, if this blog post was useful and what you are most likely to start implementing from today.   Remember, to see the real benefits of any of these practices, you need to practice them consistently for at least 21-40 days.

 

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!

Have you started off this year already in a state of overwhelm, perhaps taking on habits from 2014 into 2015 and getting upset with yourself? Are you putting yourself down or going through a state of eating too much which is causing you to feel down on yourself and react from a non-loving way? In January, fear-based thoughts can tend to creep into our thoughts because we start to evaluate where we are in our lives and why we haven’t achieved what we wanted or perhaps why we are still stuck in an emotional rollercoaster of stress and anxiety. 

Does this sound familiar? I know personally, every January I tend to go through this process. From eating too much or going back into negative thinking because I haven’t done all I wanted to do, so it limits me from reaching my full potential and creates blocks.  So how do we move on from these blocks we have created in our life? It’s a simple shift in perception from fear to love.  All you need to do is change your thoughts, and you will change your reality so if you are continually thinking I am not good enough, I don’t like my body or I don’t have any money, change the way you perceive the situation or you will just create more lack in your life.  Sounds simple right? It really is.  Just make a commitment to see things differently and the universe will provide for you.  Sometimes placing trust in something like the universe can be difficult if you are in a state of rock bottom or you just haven’t experienced miracles in your life.   Start feeling more love to yourself and others, and even your bank account even if it is only showing $0.  The more love you show each area in your life, will create more flow.  Think about what you are saying, your words are creating your reality just like your thoughts.  What are you saying to your kids? What are you saying to your loved ones? More importantly, what are you saying to yourself? What’s your inner dialogue? Is it loving or fear based?

Start with some little steps, one step at a time. Focus on one area in your life where you are in lack or finding things difficult.  So, for instance, if you want a better body, start having a better relationship with your body by treating it better and nourishing it with foods and exercise which will make you feel joy.  OR start celebrating the money you have in the bank account, even if there is only $0, just feel good about it.  Hope you found this post useful, feel free to post a comment below. I would love to know how you shifted your perception from fear to love in areas of your life.

 

 

 

 

A new weekly planner to get you organised

Well, my son has been in school for over a month now and I have so many things to remember every week from news day, sports day, library day, homework due, mufti day and the list goes on and I just can’t keep track of everything that I need to do for him and I thought I would create a weekly planner to help myself and also help other mums out there.  So, here it is my new Weekly Planner to help you get organised for the week.

It includes:

  • Keep track of family appointments and school reminders
  • Self care / wellness planning
  • Meal planning / errands
  • Things to do for the week ahead
  • Focus on how you want to feel

Enjoy the planner.  I would love to hear from you, post a comment below.