How To Stop Your World Whirling & Rediscover Your Inner Zen
“Stop the world, I want to get off”!!
If this describes you, help is at hand... and the great news is it is easier to find the off-switch than you think.
I know your world can feel like a whirlwind, and it seems impossible to slow things down. You often feel overwhelmed due to being constantly switched-on, and it's hard for you sometimes to imagine life can be any other way.
Your head is always buzzing with your never-ending to-do list and you’ve barely time to think half the time... in fact, if something doesn't change soon, you feel like you'll blow up!
This is not the way you have to Do Life.
It is not an inevitable state. And it doesn’t have to be this way.
Getting caught-up in the whirlwind of life is part of what makes you human and it’s completely normal to get overwhelmed sometimes, but in order to truly thrive rather than just survive, you need to learn ways to deal with whatever comes your way.
When I was younger, I faced some really tough challenges, causing my stress levels to rocket to the point where I had overwhelming panic attacks. This was not how I wanted to live my life, so I began a journey of self-discovery that has taught both me and subsequently my lovely clients many ways to slow things down.
It all started with one simple premise, summarised by the awesome Barefoot Doctor:
Change the dynamic inside and the dynamic outside changes to reflect it.
All you need is the willingness to accept that something needs to change, and the mindset to do something about it.
So here's a quick, simple, great way to start...
Give yourself the gift of extra time.
I bet you think that's impossible, especially when you’re already so busy?!
It's actually pretty simple. So simple it seems like it will be ineffective... but it isn't.
The simplest things are often truly magical.
Every day, just set your alarm clock 5 minutes early. Yes – just 5 minutes! Or go crazy and have an extra 10 minutes!
By giving yourself the small gift of an extra 5 minutes each morning, you can change the way you start each precious day, and this can make all the difference to your life, your world, your relationships, and everything around you.
How can it do that?!
Those extra 5 minutes nourish and calm your nervous system, letting the ‘rest and digest’ functions get a look in – switching off the adrenaline, so that your system gets some much-needed restoration and the ‘fight or flight’ whirlwind stops for a while.
You’re going to spend 5 minutes being quiet and mindful, and focusing on your breathing and your mindset. Ideally you do this before you get up, but you can do it in the shower or whilst drying your hair – the things you’re already doing anyway.
See how easy this is going to be?!
Take a breath– stop and give yourself 5 minutes each day before you do anything else, to simply breathe. Consciously breathe - not the usual breathing you do that barely fills your lungs, but Full, Luxurious Breathing… visualising that lovely fresh air entering your lungs, bringing new energy and space into your system.
And whilst you’re doing this, thank the world for giving you another day, and visualise yourself ending that day with a smile on your face.
This precious gift of time will set the tone for the rest of your day. It may seem counter-intuitive to spend 5 minutes essentially doing ‘nothing’, when you're a busy person - but the fact is your body and mind will thank you for it . You’ll feel calmer and you’ll start the day with a positive mind-set.
If you do this regularly, it will reverse your constant ‘switched-on’ state, and your ability to manage stress will keep increasing.
Try it for one week and see the difference
You’ve nothing to lose except 5 minutes of your time – and it might just make each day slow down and flow more freely.
Let me know how you get on in the comments box below – I would love to hear your thoughts!
This is just one of many topics I've interwoven into my work for over a decade and the improved life quality of my lovely clients is testimony to the fact that the simplest of things can make all the difference. As a result, it is one of the topics included in my upcoming book, The Magical Unfolding
, sharing 8 Processes for Peace, Potential and Purpose.
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