How are you today? Are you feeling busy? Want to find out how to get more done, in less time, whilst feeling less stressed? This morning I want to share a secret with you.
Most of us want to get more done, in less time, more easily. But life seems to get more chaotic and over-full by the day. So here’s an insider secret that can help:
Sometimes the best way
to get more done
is to slow down
and do less.
Most of the time when we’re feeling stressed and too busy, it’s because of our mind, not our actions. We’re not actually physically too busy. We’re mentally too busy.
A stressed mind triggers the body’s stress hormones and other physiological responses that make us feel physically stressed, too, as well as triggering stressed-out emotions.
So, normally, when we feel overwhelmed, the problem isn’t really our ‘to do’ list; it’s the stories our Monkey Minds tell us about that list.
The solution? A few moments of mindful breathing.
A mindful breathing meditation as short as 3 minutes can help you to:
- Come back from ‘storyville’ and arrive in the present moment
- Calm those hormonal and physiological stress responses, allowing you to calm body and mind
- Get back ‘into your body’, rather than being disconnected and hanging around in your ‘mind space’
- Being ‘back in your body’, with a calmer mind, in the present moment, helps you to reclaim your power of choice
- All of this helps with clarity of thinking and makes it easier to concentrate, so you’re more likely to spot solutions and be able to do things effectively, rather than wasting that invisible story-telling time
- And, perhaps most importantly, returning to the present moment, rather than being stuck in the drama of the past or future, means you start to experience life as it is happening, making those choices consciously, rather than on auto-pilot. That, in itself, can be life-changing.
Want To Give It A Go?
Here’s a short mindfulness meditation for you to enjoy today:
Mindful Breathing Meditation
I’m curious: how might it change your life, if you were to do this mini-breathing mindfulness meditation at various points during your day?
I’d love to hear them, via the comments box.
Wishing you sunshine and laughter,
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