When was the last time you stopped and just enjoyed the moment? This is something I ask myself on a fairly regular basis and is something that I am becoming more and more aware of especially as the daily pressures of living mean that we are often rushing from place to place and thing to thing, not really taking a moment to actually savour the moment.
When I did my mindfulness course this was something that I was taught and has helped me to control my stress and anxiety levels, just to stop what you are doing, even just for a minute, breathe deeply and just take a moment to appreciate the environment that you are in. The brilliant thing about this is that it can be done anywhere – in the office, at home, travelling, literally anywhere. Notice how you are breathing, what feelings your body is experiencing, the quality of the light, the sounds around you and just enjoy those things for a moment.
You can take longer than a moment if you are out walking then spend some time noticing all the little things you are enjoying, all the sensations you are experiencing, or if you are taking a break with a cup of coffee, just take time to notice all the little things about it.
when was the last time you took time to enjoy the moment? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Today’s Motivation is all about stretching. We spend much of our lives sedentary, sat in front of computers, the tv, sat in transport, whether we are the driver or being driven and our bodies can become achy and stiff due to this. Today I am motivating you to take time out of your day, maybe once an hour to stretch out those limbs and back.
I have felt the benefits of stretching, part of my physio for my shoulder injury was to stretch the muscles in my shoulder and arm in order to regain movement, but, not only can stretching help to repair damaged muscles and tendons it can also help to rid built-up tension and stress.
One of my favourite stretches is to sit on the floor with my legs out straight in front of me and bring my head down toward my knees before holding for a short while. This stretch helps the tension that has built up through the day to dissipate and helps with any backache I may have.
Another easy stretch to do is to realign your posture, it is so easy for us to sit and slump or slouch and I find that checking my posture and bringing myself back into a “straight spine” posture can help too. Just imagine that someone has got hold of the hair on the crown of your head and is pulling you upward. I find that my breathing is better, I feel more awake and my concentration improves as well!
Do you have any favourite stretches that you like to do? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
I am a huge procrastinator and love nothing more than putting off things until the last minute instead of getting them done and dusted as soon as I think about them. This goes for chores, phone calls, emails and any other task that I should do.
But, I have started to get things done as soon as is possible which has made a huge difference in my life. I used to feel pretty guilty for stalling on doing things, and the task would lurk at the back of my mind so I couldn’t fully enjoy whatever I was doing in place of getting that task completed (mostly reading a book or watching something on the tv). I’d also get stressed out when I finally got around to doing that task and end up making a rush job of it. Since I started to get into the mindset of getting things done I have started to feel less guilt, stress and worry, and also, surprisingly, I have gained motivation for doing other tasks that I had otherwise put off.
So, today’s motivation for you is to “Get It Done”, whatever that thing maybe!
What have you been putting off? And what have you been doing instead? I’d love to hear about how you procrastinate in the comments!