Life is complicated. It gets dicey. It seems there is too much to do and never enough time to get it done. What if you could find a way to quickly release the overwhelm and return to peace? Good news; I have just the solution for you.
The three tools listed below can be done all together, if time permits. If you are short on time, you may use the tools separately.
- Deep Breathing
This simple exercise is one of my favorites as it can quickly calm our thoughts and nervous system. Use this ratio when deep breathing, 1:2. Inhale to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 8. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Make sure you are deliberately releasing all the air as you exhale. Continue this exercise for 3 minutes or until you feel more at peace.
I use mantras daily to help me get through a stressful moment. A mantra is nothing more than a sentence or question you say to yourself. The purpose of a mantra is to deflect your current non peaceful thoughts to thoughts that are more calm. Ask yourself, What would I be feeling right NOW if I was at peace? Search for the answer. Or, you can simply repeat over and over to yourself, I can choose peace rather than this.
- Child’s Pose (Yoga Pose)
This exercise is done on the floor. In some circumstances, this exercise might not be practical. If that is the case, just use the other 2 tools. Please refer to the picture to learn how to get into Child’s Pose. While in the pose, use a 1:1 ratio for breathing. Breathe into the nose for the count of 4, and breathe out of the mouth for the count of 4. Continue this exercise for 3 minutes.
Stress and overwhelm happen usually on a daily basis. Choose to be a champion for your peace. Take control of your non peaceful feelings and shift them to thoughts and feelings that feel better. You can do this!
Elizabeth Scarcella is a Holistic Counselor with a Masters degree in counseling. Elizabeth helps clients with a range of ailments, including traumatic and abusive past, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, emotional eating, self-esteem and success issues. She is available for private or group sessions. Visit www.livewellclinic.org or call 760-771-5970 to schedule your appointment.