We know it’s a crazy time. We hope you’re all keeping well & staying healthy!
Social distancing can be a tough hurdle for many of us who are used to spending time outdoors: be it at work, with our friends or just doing your non-controlled everyday shopping.
Most of us may also find our modern lifestyle quite stressful at times.
So, how can we manage stress in a healthy way?
Focus on your breath
Focus on your breath. Keep your eyes closed and try to pay attention to your breath and nothing else.
It seems easy, but it can be quiet difficult and challenging when your thoughts keep on floating in.
When these thoughts appear, pay no attention and bring your focus and attention back to your breath
and be in that present moment.
Do this for 5 - 10 minutes.
Find pleasure in simple things by taking a break & boosting your mood like going for a walk, reading a book, etc.
A mindful walk is an excellent way to clear your mind of clutter and restore your sense of focus.
It is also a great excuse to get out into nature and enjoy its natural beauty.
When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good even if its for 10 - 15 mins.
Take 15 minutes out of your day and head outside to just sit, relax and focus on your breath.
Go for a walk, have your lunch on the grass – preferably leave your phone behind or set it to airplane mode.
Being outside takes you away from your desk and gives your mind and body the downtime it needs to recharge.
Take a moment for yourself when having your meal. Connect more deeply with your food.
Your TO-DO LIST can be a form of mindfulness if you do it right.
Set a timer for 5 minutes and give one task your full and undivided attention.
No checking of phone or emails or notifications. Concentrate on that one task until the timer goes off.
What makes you feel grateful?
Pay attention to your present moment experiences with an openness and willingness of what is. Be compassionate and self-aware.