A crazy morning driving in traffic, on the bus or the subway can quickly set up your whole day in a way that you're not happy with. So, your off balance what now? Don't focus on the things that have just happened to you. You will further set up your day by stressing over what the rest of the day may bring. Take a deep breath, yes, a deep breath, your whole life is connected to your breathing. Now, reclaim this time you have and make it your own to control, you only have this present moment anyway. Understand that going inward with your breath and viewing your day with a different perspective will leave you with a new sense of calm that will then carry over into the rest of your day.
Step One: Let It GO: Ok, you had a rough start to your day. Your dog chewed up your shoes; you found a leaky pipe in your home; you and your partner had some not so kind words to exchange with each other. Whatever happened this morning to get you off balance, release it. Holding on to that tension during the commute is just going to add more bad energy to your day. You have plenty of time to deal with the issues later today or even tomorrow. For now, do your best not to sweat the small stuff - simply let it be and center again on your breath. By giving yourself a break this morning is going to greatly enhance how the rest of your day and will help your approach the situation with more grace later in the day.
Step Two: Listen To The Music: Do you really need to deal with your smartphone or start texting and emailing right now? Take some time for yourself and start the workday in a few minutes. Listen to some meditation music or a guided meditation just until you feel a release and allow yourself to center and focus your mind. Once again, take a deep breath, close your eyes and bring your full body into a state of calm and find just a little bit of peace in the moment.
Step Three: Set Your Intention: Do you have a big meeting with the boss, an important sales meeting? Getting yourself centered and all your "mental ducks in a row" is essential, but it's even more essential to see these situation in a positive light and set yourself up for success. Remember, you thoughts create your life, why not make it good for yourself? If you find yourself with dread, fear or lack of confidence towards any activity in your day, try to breathe gently into the feeling you have about it, acknowledge that feeling then move it into a positive spin until you can see something good in the situation.
This seems like three small steps but any one of them will make a big shift in the outcome of your day and have a very positive effect on you stress levels.
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