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There will always be days or work weeks that we just wish would stop. #HumpDay
The thought that we could literally pause our lives, like the movie Click with Adam Sandler, is extremely appealing, but unrealistic. The day must go on, because life is about the machine instead of people.
But 15 minutes can really work wonders for the rest of your day. So find a secret corner or closet to get these minutes alone. (Also this is a play on the name of the blog!)
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How to Pause Your Day & Reset Your Productivity
1. Deep Breathing–
Immediately calm your heart and mind with some simple deep breathing exercises.
Close your eyes to eliminate any visual stimulation that could distract or stress you. Inhale for 10 seconds, then exhale for 10 seconds.
Focus on breathing consciously. Visualize it taking the journey through your body and out again.
Gaining control of your breath can help you to gain control and sooth your worries. Here is an app that helps you practice deep breathing.
Although meditation seems similar to deep breathing, it engages the mind in a different way.
Begin with deep breathing exercises, but allow your mind to wander. Naturally your mind will dredge up all those nasty thoughts that you’re here to get rid of!
Allow those those thought, accept them, and then release them. Let them go off into the abyss.
Environmental sounds have always affected my meditation, so I use this app with different soundscapes to keep my focus. (You can also set the timer for a ding, so you don’t go over time!)
It may take more time to learn to meditate, before effectively meditating in 15 minutes. Here is an app to teach you how to meditate.
3. Positive Affirmations and Power Posing–
Now here’s where the secret closet comes into play!
Put yourself in the position of victory. Literally! Stand as if you have defeated your stress. Declare (in the present tense) that you have overcome your obstacles.
There are scientific reasons why this work that you can read in this book. But you are basically just tricking your mind into believing that you’ve already won.
A task that you’ve already completed doesn’t seem quite so daunting.
4. Essential Oil Routine–
Aromatherapy is a quick way to signal your brain to calm down.
The combination of essential oils that you use greatly depend on the way your body responds.
I recommend trying Peppermint, Lavender, or Frankincense, because they are in my arsenal (a.k.a. my purse) at all times. (Personally I only trust DoTerra essential oils.)
Combining your essential oil routine with any of the other methods will enhance your experience.
Finding the perfect method of stress relief is deeply personal, but I wanted to provide some immediate solutions. What other ways do you pause your day?
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Philippians 4:6-7 MSG Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness will come and settle you down.