As things change around you, re-centering is called for. The center you had no longer applies. What can you do? Look around. What are the elements and energies of your life and work now? What is called for to settle into this new world you find yourself in?
Take some time to reassess your circumstances. Use your brain to find what you need to regain your center. Nurture yourself. Don’t get stuck or move into fear. There is no need for that. You have agency. You are strong. You can get yourself through this.
For those who are interested, the CALM app has made a series of music pieces, meditations, sleep stories and practices to find ease available for free to all of us. You can check it out here
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Yeah right, add dealing with stress to your “to do” list! That’s a great way to create more stress than you already are experiencing. Wait – rethink that for a minute. If you pause every once in a while, you will start reducing your stress. If you shift your perspective and improve your relationship with time, you will reduce your stress. And these things do not take much time at all.
Reducing your stress is mainly an inside job. “Doing” things – say taking a meditation class or using the Calm App do take time. Start first with inner shifts and time will become available for you to do a lot more to reduce the stress you are experiencing today.
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1. Try 15 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of day. Work up to it, if 15 minutes is a lot for you right now.
2. Find ways to recognize when you are overthinking.
3. When you are overthinking, stop and get yourself fully into the present moment.
4. Try writing things down instead of keeping them in your head.
5. Try an app such as Calm
6. Before you go to sleep just “be”. Do not read or otherwise tax your mind.
7. Observe if there is a pattern in your overthinking, such as in specific situations, at certain times or for certain subjects.
8. Put some focus on balance. Are you countering stress with exercise and relaxation?
9. Determine if reluctance to make decisions is contributing to your overthinking.
10. Do not allow your mind to be king or queen. Acknowledge that the physical, emotional and ethereal aspects of your life are equally important.
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