Last week there was an uneasy feeling in the air. Did you notice it? That you had an off day? I know I did and I was contacted by multiple people, between clients, friends and family who were all feeling the same way. So if you found yourself feeling down, or agitated or maybe overwhelmed then please KNOW that you were and are not alone. We all have these days. I want to introduce to you The Power of Pause.
Because I want you to know, the next time this happens, or even now if you need it, that you CAN change your mood. I know it sounds like it’s easier said than done, but it’s true you can.
Step Back and Just Pause
If you are overwhelmed with a never ending to-do list or you’re feeling annoyed and irritated over something then just take a step back. Take a moment for yourself and just pause. I want you to take a deep breath, look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re doing okay! Account for what you need. Simply ask yourself, “What do I need right now?” The answers might surprise you as the fog lifts and you gain clarity. Going outdoors for a walk to get in the fresh air and maybe put an uplifting podcast or upbeat music on your headphones. Or perhaps you just need to take a nap? Rest your body, rest your mind. Rest and reset. Give yourself permission to choose something else. Something that will serve you.
Make that decision for yourself. Change your mind and you can change your mood. You can say no to doing something that doesn’t serve you in the moment and say yes to something that will nourish you!
Everything is always moving and changing. I know it might feel like you have no control but you do. You have the power of choice. The power of decision. The power of pause. Use those powers to nourish rather than neglect. I truly believe we can stop things. We can get back into the drivers seat simply by taking a step back, pausing and focusing on our breath.
Just 16 Seconds to Bliss
I like to do a breathing exercise that I learned from teaching yoga. It really helps me to reset. Let’s do it now together.
Close your eyes. Relax your shoulders back and down. Take a big deep breath, really fill your belly. And then just let it all go, out through your mouth. Now, breathe in slowly while counting to 4. Hold your breath for a count of 4. Slowly release it again to the count of 4. Again hold, feel the emptiness for 4……and repeat….in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4…….continue repeating this simple breathing pattern for as long as you need it. Relax into it. It’s okay if your mind wanders. Just notice when it does and bring your focus back to the breath.
I feel better just typing this for you!
Bliss breathing, as I call it, is something I always have in my toolkit. Anytime I need to take a moment, to unwind, to get clear on something, that’s what I turn to. Once you begin you immediately feel the benefits. The pause in between each breath offers us a glimpse of our unlimited potential, It’s where our true power lies.
Remember, you have the Power to Change your Mood
Just to reiterate, it’s okay to not be okay, to have a bad day or to admit that you’re not handling everything right now, or to admit that you don’t have the answers. Just remember that you have the power to change it. Take a moment, step back, breathe, get clear on what’s important to you and let everything else fall away. Decide to do something different, something that will nourish you and notice how everything changes.
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