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The One Thing You Should Do Everyday

Are you often more impatient than you know you should be? Do you feel overloaded and have a hard time keeping up? Do you have anxiety buzzing in the background and you can’t seem to slow down? Are you taking vacation, but the wheels are still turning?

Did you know there is a solution?! And it’s easy? Well easy might be a stretch…it’s physically easy, but creating the routine of adding it into your day might not always feel easy. What is it you ask that will help me feel more at ease? That one thing is, Connect with yourself, sit still and feel!

Our fast paced lives filled with activities and societal demands (that want answers yesterday), have put an enormous amount of pressure and stress on us as individuals at the mind, body and soul level. That added stress affects the way we think, feel and the way we act or react to life circumstances.

Will the pressures change? Will things slow down? Can you control those outside influences? I wish I could say yes. However, the reality is, you are capable (and deserving) of feeling like you are in the driver's seat of your life and not crashing! Instead of being "reactive" to the chaos around you, you can feel grounded and know inside you, everything will be ok.

How, you ask? By taking 10-12 minutes everyday and sit still with yourself.

Here is an easy guide to help you connect with yourself:

  1. As you wake, (or after you go to the washroom) energize yourself by gently bouncing up and down in your heels. Loosen up and shake your wrists, elbows, relax your ankles, knees and hips, your shoulders and breathe deep and slow… Inhale gratitude through your nose, exhale stress and tension out from your mouth. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Stop and feel your energy. Feel it bounce, tingle, fizz, wave or swirl, whatever it feels like is perfectly fine. Even pinpoint where you feel it and where it moves to. Breathe into it and feel for a good 30 seconds or more.

  3. Find a comfortable spot and sit with yourself for a minimum of 10 minutes. Thoughts will float by, that’s okay and normal. But see if you can feel the energy instead of getting caught in your thoughts. Bring your attention to the swirls, the tingling, the wave of energy or whatever sensation you come across and breathe, relax.

  4. Your goal? Sit with yourself and feel your essence, your core…YOU! Feel your energy body, your center. Feel your bum on the chair. Relax your bum in that seat. Feel your feet grounded on the floor, gravity weighing them down. Feel the air flowing through your lungs. Feel the energy move within you.

  5. Once you are done with your “stillness” exercise, get up and finish it with another round of steps 1 & 2.

Mindful periods of stillness can benefit you in many ways. Here are a few:

  • Keeps you more focused and grounded

  • You feel more inner peace and less stress and anxiety

  • You end up accomplishing more with ease

  • You trust yourself more

  • You feel more powerful and resourceful knowing you are connected to your essence

  • Your digestion will improve since it will start the day by operating in a relaxed response and not a stress response

  • Increased energy, patience and mental strength

  • Increased self-confidence

  • More of a positive outlook on life

PRO TIP! If you don’t already have this precious time in your daily schedule, start off by connecting with yourself a couple of times per week. Put it in your calendar and/or have a buddy system in place. Have a friend connect with themselves too in the morning and text each other when you’re done.

You deserve to enjoy life and not struggle through it. Take the time to recharge with your breath and release the stress out by exhaling. Sit with yourself and get to know you at a deeper level. It’s a great way to enrich your life!

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