If you’re like most people these days, your life is so full that sometimes it feels like an overflowing bathtub where the nice warm, sudsy water is covering the entire bathroom floor. Although it might be true that we can’t always say “no,” it is also true that we can choose how to handle the overflow so it becomes more of a trickle, or even stays confined within the bathtub.
Here are three suggestions chosen from many possibilities.
Breathe and pay attention to your breath. Notice if it is shallow and rapid. If so, deliberately deepen and slow down your breathing. This will immediately give you a feeling of being more centered and in control of your life flow. From this place, make decisions about what really needs to get done, what you can let go of, and how you can better prioritize your to-do list.
Move slowly. By constantly rushing around, we send the message to our brain and body that everything is an emergency. This creates a feeling of stress and lets our energy seep out of us without being properly channeled or utilized. Physically, slow down. Type more slowly. Walk slowly (not so slow that people walk over you or get annoyed). Be more deliberate in your actions. This lets your body and mind enter a state of calmness.
Hit the pause button. Get up from your desk or other work space. Go outside for a walk or even just stand outside or in another room for just a few minutes. Dr. Christiane Northrup says that for those of us who work at computers all day long, even just standing up 32 times every day is a huge help towards better health. I’ve put two small bowls in front of me with 32 beads. Every time I stand up, I get to move a bead from one bowl to the other one. It’s a game and it helps me hit the pause button at least 32 times a day!
Try one or more of these and see if your life feels more manageable!