Before anything else. Stop what you are doing.
Stand up. Then press play below.
Whew! How about that dance break?
Feel better? I know I do. And how can you not be Happy when you hear that song.
While you were dancing, you had not a worry in sight. You just danced and were IN the moment. THAT is what we need to spend more time doing, don’t you agree? More living IN the moment instead of dreaming and wishing for the moment.
Each day we are faced with a gazillion things. We get frustrated. We become confused. We shut down and want to throw in the towel.
THEN. There are days where everything is hunky dory and we are bouncing through a field of Texas Bluebonnets. No matter what preposterous situation presents itself, stop and breathe.
Here are 7 habits you can do everyday to be attentive in the present moment:
Celebrate the small things
Each day we take care of so many things that we forget to celebrate even the smallest of successes. Did you eat breakfast today? Did you get your kids off to school safely? Did you help your kiddo’s with their homework? Each task you accomplished is a small thing to be celebrated with joy. Who cares if it something you do everyday, you did it, didn’t you. Those small things are part of the bigger picture of your day.
Stop. Inhale. Look around you. Celebrate. **throws confetti
Don’t ask others what to do
This is a tricky one and I used to be very guilty of this. I felt I needed validation from someone else that the decision I was making was a good one. I know the feeling of wanting to have someone on your side, someone who will pat you on the back with an atta girl. What I did not realize was that my decision was enough and I did not need permission from others to make my decision.
You have the knowledge to make the best choice for you. Believe in yourself. Trust your heart.
Step away from Social Media and Email first thing in the morning
Wiggle your right index finger if you are guilty of checking social media or your email upon waking up. Have you ever noticed that your mood has made a shift from when you first opened your eyes? Crazy, huh? Think about it though. Did you really miss anything that could not have waited until you were fully awake and ready to kick off the day? It is OK to not be attached to your social media and email every waking moment.
Here is something that I do and feel free to give it a try: I DO NOT check email or any social media until 10AM every day. I also only check email twice a day. You will be amazed at the the way your mind will happily adjust and you will be more productive.
Think of ONE thing for which you are grateful for
Take a moment each morning and think about something that you are absolutely grateful for. Is it the warmth of your soft and fuzzy blanket? Could it be your refreshing water you splashed on your face? Perhaps it was a phone call to a loved one.
Revel and love the small things your heart.
Grab some crayons. A coloring book. Or even some blank paper and just create something. Draw a palm tree, on a beach, with blue waves, and a bright sun.
Creativity is a mind release and by allowing your mind to roam free, you release and endorphin’s. And we all know, endorphin’s make us HAPPY. In Catching The Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity, Lynch compares ideas to fish: “If you want to catch a little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.”
Another thought: If there is something you pinned on Pinterest, now is the time to make it and have fun (yes, it is ok to have fun too).
Ask for Help
I know. I know. This is, by far, the HARDEST one to do. Why? Because we don’t want to people to think we don’t have it all together. That this is a well-oiled ship and everything runs on point, on schedule, and everyone in the house is cooperative. And we feel that when we ask for help, we are weak. We are not seen as the strong women we are.
Well. Listen here. YOU. ARE. NOT. SUPERWOMAN. Every one needs a little help along the way and it is perfectly fine to ask for help.
Relaxing is right up there with asking for help. When would you ever do this? Here is what I know. We schedule meetings like clockwork. We plan around our kids’ activities and leave no room for relaxation. As for myself, I schedule a pedicure every two weeks, on the same day, at the same time. This way, I know (and I get excited) when I am going to get some chill time.