Today I’m going to be looking at the possibility of how we can find peace in a frantic world.
I don’t know about you but when I’m busy, responding to situations at work and working through my to do list with the momentum going all day, when I get home (or even when I should be on my break) I’m feeling jittery and on the edge. The day has just gone by at full speed but now I want to slow down. I don’t want to keep that momentum going. Sound familiar?
Over the years I’ve found different strategies to ground me during the evening such as going out for a walk, picking up a crochet hook, reading and a body scan before I go to sleep. But is there something we can do to move us away from that precipice, away from the whirlwind into a centre of peace and calm during the day? Yes (thankfully) there is. Taking awareness breaks is one way you can take back control.
Are you addicted to being busy?
It helps to realise that it’s a chemical reaction we’re experiencing. You may know that Dopamine is the hormone that when released, gives us the feel-good factor. It’s the main player that drives us. So each time we accomplish something, dopamine is released into the brain giving us a brief moment of glory. Which can become addictive … and being addicted to action means we’re constantly chasing details to experience that dopamine rush while forgetting about the larger picture.
How can you tell if you’re addicted to being busy?
Try this simple exercise. Just before you’re about to do your task, stop, stare out of the window or at your blank computer screen. Don’t talk, don’t act. Just sit and do nothing for at least 3 minutes. Did you find this difficult? Were you restless?
Are you choosing to be busy?
Sometimes we might use being busy as a way of avoiding something or distancing ourselves from an emotion we don’t want to feel or a problem we don’t want to tackle. The next time you’re busy ask yourself:
· What is it that’s keeping you busy?
· Is it worth it or are you just filling space?
· Can you delegate anything? (at home and work)
Awareness breaks can ground us and bring us back into the ‘now.’ Easy to do, they only take a few minutes but have immense health benefits.
- Find yourself a comfortable position whether that’s sitting down, laying down or standing
- Stretch through your arms and fingers, legs and feet and hold for 5 seconds
- Next bring your attention to your breathing
- Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose to a count of 8, hold for a second and then breathe out through your mouth to a count of 5
- Repeat for three cycles
Are there certain times during the day or certain days when you’re always busy? You could plan in awareness breaks to ensure you actually take them. I’m a list and planner type of person and this works for me. If not (or you detest the thought of planning something else in your life) become aware of what your body and mind are telling you. Check in periodically throughout the day/evening. Is it time for an awareness break? Stretch and breathe. Helping you to find peace in a frantic world. Simple.
Let me know how you get on.
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