You know what I’m talking about. Those days when nothing seems to go as planned…or even if you had no plans, everything seems harder than it should be.
Those days that leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing yet completely worn out before noon.
You want to go back to bed or go for a hike to reset yourself, but you can’t just leave work or other responsibilities.
You know if you don’t get rid of the heaviness of the day, you’re going to take it out on someone you shouldn’t, but you don’t know what to do.
I’ve had these days – still do. They’re a part of life. Here’s a few ideas to help you cope that don’t take too long and may just keep you on this side of sanity.
This works best if you’re already meditating regularly, but can still help even if you’re not. All you need is a few minutes.
Call it a bathroom break. Heck, you can even do your meditation quickie in the stall at work if you don’t have time get anywhere else.
Here’s what to do:
- Take a deep breath in
- On the exhale, close your eyes
- On your next inhale, count to four slowly
- Pause and focus on the calm space between breaths
- Exhale and count to five slowly
- Pause again and focus on the calm space between your breaths
- Repeat until you’ve counted to 10
Quick Visual Relaxation
Visualizing can be a great way to change your mindset.
If it helps you, you can also add this to the quickie meditation above. Either way, it’s simple and fast.
Think about a place you feel at peace. Now, imagine yourself there. Spend several breaths absorbing the feeling of your peaceful place. Feel it penetrating every cell of your being.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re feeling completely sensory overloaded.
Imagine yourself walking into a dark room and closing the door behind you. Allow the calm and lack of sensory feedback to wash over you. Breathe it in and feel it penetrate through your body, down into your toes.
As you feel ready, gradually allow the room to become lighter. When you’re ready, open the door and return to your day.
In my experience adding this to the breathing technique above helps me reset in a matter of minutes.
These two techniques, either separately or in combination will help you take your day back.
You may still be stressed, but you’ll be less overwhelmed and more able to push through without losing your cool.
They take only a few minutes, so they easily fit into your day, no matter how busy it is.
Try them yourself and let me know how it goes!