Here are my top six ways that I use every day to keep myself relaxed and productive.
Let me know your comments and what works for you.
1. Become Aware of Your Stress Habits
You cannot change what you are not aware of. Bring your awareness to the habits you have on a daily basis that make you feel stressed out eg: Drinking 8 cups of espresso before 10a.m.
I’m exaggerating (I hope!) The morning is a particularly good time to focus on so that you bring anxiety relief to the start of the day. The rest of your day then flows with productive grace and ease.
2. Be Honest With Yourself
This is critically important. If your back hurts, stop for a while and stretch or lie down for 5-10 minutes/ drink a glass of water/go for a short walk. Don’t tell yourself it doesn’t hurt and soldier on.
If the creative muse just isn’t happening for your blog, do something else and come back to it later, or the next day. Forcing yourself, repressing how you truly feel doesn’t work. Go with the flow. Your creativity will return when you are relaxed and enjoying your work.
Your back will respond to some tlc.
3. Spend 4 Minutes First Thing In The Morning With Yourself
Sit silently with eyes closed for 4 minutes (longer if you like, one minute if that’s all you can do) first thing in the morning. This is important for connecting with YOURSELF.
Once the day gets going it gets filled up with other people and your to-do list and you are in danger of losing touch with the most important person in your life – YOU! This simple habit has a powerful effect on you staying relaxed, calm and productive throughout a busy day.
4. Mind Your Vibration
What you focus on expands. Be mindful of your thoughts and emotions, particularly if something disappointing or frustrating happens. Things don’t always go our way.
The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like and all it knows how to do is match! You can’t do anything about other people’s vibrations so don’t spend time on them. When you keep the focus on yourself, good things happen and you are more productive with your time. You are less at the effect of other’s people’s bad moods and more likely to attract good things.
5. Pay Attention To Your Body
You are going to arrive nowhere fast if you do not pay attention to your body. Drink water, breathe. Notice if you feel tired, hungry, thirsty, or you would like to sit down, stand up, take a break.
Adjust to whatever helps the body feel most relaxed. This type of attention only takes a few extra minutes of your time yet yields rich rewards for your well-being and productivity.
If I could share just one secret, this would be it. Bring a meditative awareness to everything you do. Whether you’re walking, running, brushing your teeth, taking out the trash, writing emails, talking on the phone, do it mindfully, with awareness. When you listen to someone talking, listen attentively.
Deautomotizing means you are more present with what you are doing, with the person you are speaking to. Benefits include increased productivity, enhanced relationships, greater relaxation and well-being.
These practices work for me and I hope they do for you. Let me know how you are doing.