”Work when there is work to do. Rest when you are tired. One thing done in peace will most likely be better than ten things done in panic… I am not a hero if I deny rest; I am only tired.”
– Susan McHenry
As soon as I feel out of sync with my mind and body I start feeling tired, unmotivated and stressed. Nowadays I notice it rather quickly, and I’ve learned exactly what to do in order to feel more grounded and peaceful.
Whenever I need to be refreshed or renewed I spend time alone, in stillness, use the hours with softness and show appreciation to the present moment.
There is no place more powerful than the present moment. However, most of us use this moment to think about the past or worry about the future. Very seldom we actually embrace all the wonderful things happening right now. Are you spending time with a loved one? Show gratitude. Are you lying on the couch, chilling at night? Show gratitude. Are you smelling the roses, enjoying a neat and tidy apartment? Show gratitude.
Breathe, and know everything will be okey
When you have a busy schedule it’s even more important to take a step back, and to rewind. You won’t get anything done if you’re feeling stressed out. At least nothing good will come out of it. Focus on one thing at a time. Give it your all, your fullest attention. Then, when you’re ready, move on to the next big thing. One step at a time.
The past week I’ve had two important things on my to-do-list, and I couldn’t focus on any of them completely. They are two entirely different tasks, and I realized that the only right thing to do was to choose one thing, and do my utmost to finish it before I jumped to the other task. This past weekend I completed task 1, meaning I now have plenty of time for task 2 the upcoming two weeks. Perfect.
Take time to chill
But back to feeling refreshed and renewed… Things we all can do to make every day a more peaceful day:
- In a perfect world I start every morning on the yoga mat, followed by a short meditation. If I could choose one thing every day for the rest of my life, that would help me feel grounded, this would be it. Yoga & meditation is total relaxation for my overactive, chattery mind. However, the world is not perfect and I do not start every day like this. BUT, it’s something I strive for.
- Focus on one task at a time. One thing done in peace will most likely be better than ten things done in panic.
- Spend time on things you love. I give myself permission to do things that light up my soul; writing, spending time outside in the beautiful spring weather and reading books. Although I know I should read the book for my entrance exam, I give myself an hour every evening to read whatever my heart fancy at the moment.
- Talk to your friends, loved ones & family. Keeping contact with people that are filled with good and positive vibes will affect you with high, positive energy. Do you miss someone? Give them a call. We are humans, we need each other. We need to feel connected. And it’s when you’re without someone that you truly start to understand the importance that person played in your life. Don’t take your loved ones for granted. Show appreciation.