How much time does stress steal from you in one day? What other things are robbing valuable time from you? Are you able to get to a pilates class? Crossfit? Do you rush through bed time stories with your children? Have the dogs been reduced from two walks to one or none? Is it getting harder to remember which pile of mail has the cable bill? Do you lose track of your keys all the time?
Call Sheilah! can help bring manageability back into your life, by helping with errands, projects and tasks of any size, and you can help yourself by following a few suggestions for your morning practice.
You may already know, our first moments have an impact on our day. They are the bridge between sleep and fully functional. If you are like most people, it probably takes a few minutes to really feel present and in your body. This is the perfect time to connect with your body, mind and spirit. Rather than jarring yourself with outside noise: cell phone, email, ipad, #morningjoe or #wamcroundtable -- be tender and go inside first!. Do five things that awaken you from the inside out.
Here are 5 suggestions that may help you begin your day with tenderness. I hope you will give yourself a break and include them in your daily practice:
1. Use a gentle alarm
If you need to set an alarm, make sure it’s soft and sweet. There’s nothing worse for your adrenals than the blaring sound of an obnoxious alarm. Tonight, download a gentle alarm sound, from the App Store or the Playstore. There are literally hundreds.
2. Drink a juice or smoothie before the coffee
I always feel better when I put something healthy in my stomach before my tea or coffee. Mango (Hannaford Frozen Mango is excellent), oatmeal, kale smoothie is the current fave and don’t forget to drink a big glass of water. Your organs will thank you.
I am fortunate to know many spiritual advisors. The most consistent suggestion I receive from them is to write, journal, or keep a diary (TJMaxx has inexpensive diaries in their housewares department). Talk to yourself on the page. Ask questions and listen for the answers. If you have nothing to say, write something that reflects that (Seriously, write "I have nothing to say" -- see what happens when you do this consistently).
4. Go inside
Sitting in silence is a great way to give yourself (and others in your home) a break -- by giving yourself the gift of meditation. If you’re new to this practice, just sit in a comfortable position for a few minutes and focus on your breath. When a thought comes (and it will), acknowledge it by saying something like “thinking” to yourself and then try to let it go (that may not be possible right away—don’t worry if that’s the case). You can also use counting or a mantra to anchor your attention. Try counting from 1-10. Again, if a thought comes, pause, say “thinking” and resume where you left off. (Find yourself a guided meditation on youtube, itunes or on favorite podcast player).
5. Awaken your body
Biking, running, walking, swimming. Get up early, be active for 30-45 minutes including a formal stretch practice (Did you know that TWC has a channel devoted to fitness and many of the shows is devoted to stretching?). Starting the day with movement, usually makes for a less stressful day.
We all know life's many tasks can get overwhelming no matter what the season or the reason. At Call Sheilah! we believe that suffering because of them is truly optional. Let us help bring balance to your life. Give yourself two breaks. Don't jar yourself out of bed with your cell phone. And please, Call Sheilah! and ask for help with those errands, projects, tasks and that are stealing your time.I look forward to hearing from you soon. Consider giving the Gift of Time, with a gift certificate from Call Sheilah! We are customizing gift certificates for this holiday season to reflect your name, logo, business and more.