Tired during your day? Try these six things:
1. If you are lucky enough to have an office, close the door and have a power nap of about 15 minutes. Closing your eyes just a short amount of time can make a tremendous difference. If you don’t have an office you can always go sit out in your car for a few minutes during a break or lunch, set your seat back, and close your eyes.
2. Get outside and take a walk.
3. Sit up straight. Good posture gets more oxygen going in our brains. Slouching over a computer all day does not do much for our energy.
4. Smile and do something nice for somebody. Doing for others makes us feel good and will put a little spring in our step.
5. Know that this is temporary. You will get through this day and sleep just fantastic tonight.
6. If all else fails, there is always your neighborhood Starbucks!
Take care and have a blessed day,
We all have a basic need for love, nurturing, and kindness. It starts with taking care of ourselves. I think it is especially important during stressful or challenging times to make an exra effort to step back, ease up on ourselves, and just be gentle.
I am experiencing one of those challenging times myself right now. Although I have a lot of absolutely wonderful things going on, I am also a school teacher- and if any of you are in public education you may be able to relate that it is just not easy right now. Many of my colleagues and myself included are feeling quite beaten down already and it is not even Christmas yet. I also have a thirteen year old daughter whose mood swings can be stressful on the whole family.
As a centering tool, I like to journal in the morning. Sometimes I focus on gratitude, or a particular intention I want to set for my day. This morning I am feeling the need to focus on ways to be kind to myself. I give so much of myself to my students during my work day. I know I will have more to offer them (and my family later in the evening) if I take this time now.
So, getting out my journal, my entry would look something like this.
I am going to be kind to myself today. I set an intention now to:
I will stop there but I am feeling better already.
Now, you do it : )
I wish you, my dear friends, a wonderful day!
Debra : )
This Buddhist meditation helps to spread metta, loving-kindness.
Sit comfortably, hands on your knees, palms up and eyes closed. Get into a loving state by thinking of a time when you felt truly happy. Let this feeling fill you. Say to yourself “May I feel content”. Think about a friend or family member and send this loving feeling to them. Now think about someone you feel less connected with. Send him or her compassion. Think of someone you dislike. Try to send him or her compassion. Imagine sending this loving compassionate feeling to everybody on this planet. Say to yourself ” May everyone be content”.
Resource: 1001 Ways to relax by Susannah Marriott