Sometimes I see myself wondering how my day would be like if it had more than 24 hours, so I could do everything I needed. What about you? Do you save any time of the day to yourself?
In the middle of our daily duties and commitments taking a break is so needed. I could name this break “meditation”, but I am not going to. Many people are resistant to meditation because they think it requires a lot of effort and dedication.
So what´s my advice? Take a 5-minute break, at least once a day. To do this you just need to seat down (or lay down), close your eyes and choose one of these 5-minute breaks:
1.Listen to the sounds that surround you: in my case, I like to pay attention to the sound of birds, wind, a cock singing…It´s simply wonderful taking this break in the middle of the nature! And don´t worry if an uninvited thought comes up. Accept it, let it go and focus again on the sounds that surround you.
2.Awaken your abdominal breathing: breathe in through the nose moving your belly (and not the chest) forward like it was a balloon and breathe out slowly through the mouth emptying the belly. If you want to become more mindful, when you breathe out say in silence the word “one.”
4.Send love to yourself and to others: for example, start by silently saying “I love you so much, [your name]” and then remember others you want to send your love to whether they are family members, friends, people you know or who you don´t know, someone you don´t empathize.
5.Listen to a calm and relaxing recording: if you go to Youtube you may find many options only with sounds/music or also with inspiring thoughts.
Since I started including these breaks in my daily life I started feeling:
- Less stress and anxiety
- Less fatigue
- Fewer headaches (actually, with all the changes I have made in my lifestyle I can say that I no longer have headaches)
In my book Back to Natural you may find more information about this subject. You can also schedule a session with me if you prefer. In case you are interested, please send me a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.