Are you self employed ? Maybe part of an MLM? Was your business on a good roll but now for some reason you're feeling “stuck” or “stagnant” and can't seem to get out of your rut? If so, this post is for you! We will cover some simple ways to shift your energy to get you “unstuck” and back in your “happy zone.”
First, do something that has nothing to do with your business. Remember, everything is energy and if you feel stagnant with your business – then a sure way to reverse that is to put your attention on something more pleasing. This will move your energy in a more positive direction. Example: Do something you love (go buy a fresh bouquet of flowers, get outside for a walk in nature, grab your journal and start writing, call a friend who is a high vibrating soul, do some yoga, take a bath, etc.)
Once you feel somewhat better sit in a place of quiet stillness and ask yourself the following: (Grab your journal and take notes). “What are the favorite parts of my business?” “Why did I decide to go into this business?” “What's my WHY?” “What am I really good at and passionate about?” “What feeds my soul?” “Have I been listening to others and comparing myself rather than following my own intuition and doing what I feel is best?” “Am I following my heart and my loves or am I listening to others?”
Next, reflect on the things you were doing in your self care arena when things were flowing with your business. What is different lately? Do your best to identify when you first started getting off track. Possibly you've neglected your morning ritual or gotten off track with daily exercise, or maybe you've been eating more junk foods and not drinking enough water, getting to bed too late and not getting enough sleep... You get the picture.
Sometimes it's OK to just feel stuck. We are not meant to always be “ON.” Please re-read this statement and let it sink in. The key is to give yourself a time frame to be off track, and then hop back on when your time is up. This might be an hour, a day, or a week. Just remember, “what we resist persists.” So if you resist when you're stuck and pressure yourself to keep forging forward, you will make matters worse. The magic happens when we create space, in our minds and in our physical environment. Our answers lie in the quiet, magical places of stillness and creativity.
And who doesn't want to have some magic happening in their life?
In this post I will offer you 6 simple strategies to feel better – no matter what is going on around you. You will walk away with Relief, Hope, and maybe even a little JOY!
HOW TO MANAGE (MINIMIZE) YOUR STRESS AND GET OUT IN FRONT OF YOUR ANXIETY:
Stress is real, anxiety is real, depression is real, but you can implement some strategies to set you on a more joyful path. Remember, “You hold the power.”
It happens to all of us, we're living our best life and doing just fine (so we think) when all of a sudden, we realize we've been adding too many “tasks” to our daily routine and suddenly we feel overwhelmed. We realize we haven't been doing so well in the self-care arena, yikes! In this post I will cover four simple and highly effective things you can do to get yourself back on track.
IDENTIFY YOUR “ANCHOR”: We all have different things that anchor us and keep us centered when we're under extra stress. For some it might be a daily workout, for others it might be getting out in nature every day, eating specific foods, proper hydration etc.
For me it's my morning ritual (meditation, yoga, journal, breath work, conversation with the Divine and setting my intentions for the day). The point here is to know what your “Anchor” is and even in the busiest, most stressful times, do not let yourself stray from this.
IDENTIFY YOUR ENERGY DRAINS: Know who and what depletes you (foods, too much social media, too much computer time, certain people, focusing on what's wrong rather than what's going well in your life, lamenting over the past or worrying ahead to the future, and the list goes on) I think you get my drift. Take a few minutes right now to write down those people and things that drain your energy and then commit to setting boundaries around these. Find a friend or colleague to hold you accountable and who will offer moral support until this becomes second nature to you.
Two of the biggest energy drains of all (in my humble opinion):
SCHEDULE TIME TO HAVE NOTHING SCHEDULED: I cannot stress this enough. Call it quiet time, meditation, or contemplation. All of the great masters made a point to sit quietly for a period of time each day where they were not working, socializing, walking, or thinking. Just sitting in quiet stillness and reflection.
MAKE TIME TO PLAY: Simply put, we need to schedule one day off every week. On this day have nothing scheduled, just let things flow. No work. No errands. Stay away from electronics and all things that keep us “hyped” up or stimulated. This is your time to regenerate, to play, to explore, to be in nature, to just “be.”
Remember, we are already enough, we already have enough. We've got everything we need, right in front of us, if we just slow down and observe and “listen” to the quiet stillness that speaks to us ever so softly. I encourage you to do it right now.
Our answers are inside each one of us, but we won't hear that all knowing ever present voice inside if we don't become still and “listen.”
As we continue to explore why more and more people are shallow breathing right now,
or breathing in that “fight or flight” mode – we want to discover the different types of breathing that will assist during your different emotional states throughout the day.
We already know that improper breathing over time wreaks havoc on our health - both emotionally and physically. In my previous two posts I covered why breath work is so important and you were introduced to “Neutral Breathing.”
Today we will cover the “GROUNDING BREATH”: This breath is mainly used to help you fall asleep, OR get back to sleep. Sometimes it might be needed during the day if someone has really “pushed all your buttons” and you can't talk yourself down, but please use it mindfully and sparingly in that case.
Basics to remember prior to doing any breathing exercises:
GROUNDING BREATH: Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose. Inhale to a count of four, but exhale to a count of eight. After ten rounds your heart rate and blood pressure should drop as you stimulate your parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system.
For all of you who are dealing with increased anxiety, insomnia, or just can't shut your brain off at night, I hope you'll give this a try and let me know how it goes! I use this breath often when I wake up at night – it works!