5 Tips on How to Take a Break on a Busy Day
Do you know the feeling of being rushed and stressed? It can creep up on you on a busy day and sometimes it’s hard to shake it off. We answer texts, emails, drive our kids around, do laundry, buy groceries and so much more! It has been proven that making only a few minutes time to relax can make a big difference, and help us hit the re-set button.
1. Morning is King: Resist to immediately check your phone after getting out of bed. Don’t respond to other people’s demands before you even set your own intentions for the day. What do YOU want your day to look like? Have a cup of coffee or tea, do 5 minutes of yoga or reading, journal in a notebook (what do I want my day to look like? What’s important and what’s not? What do I feel thankful for today?) or do anything else that makes you feel happy and relaxed!
2. Don’t feel rushed: Feeling rushed is one of the biggest energy drainers and anxiety starters. Try to set some extra minutes aside to arrive early rather than late. If you are running late, take three full, slow breath in and out. Stop anxious thoughts and realize that there isn’t anything you can do about being late at this point. Just accept it and plan different for next time. It will immediately shift you into a calmer state!
3. Be mindful about electronics: Schedule yourself breaks if you notice you are spending too much time on your phone and ipad, or if you can’t stop checking your devices all the time. A great way to monitor your time on electronics is to schedule set times to check emails (once in the morning and once in the afternoon for example) or to get rid of facebook on your phone: that way you only check it on your computer. Your kids and family members might notice that you are more present, and will love all the extra attention!
4. Know when it’s enough: If it’s one of those days when you have a lot more going on than expected, don’t add the two or three other things from your to-do-list. Sometimes it’s okay to just sit down on the couch with your legs up, and to let the laundry (or even dishes) wait till the next day. This is a tough one for lot’s of moms!
5. Try one, two or three restorative yoga poses or breathing techniques! On your living room rug, on your bed, at your office and even in your car. You can release tension and shift in a more relaxed state in less than 5 minutes!
Best of luck and remember to breathe deeply,