Breathe. Have you ever woken up anxious? For whatever reason, I did today.
I sat my butt down on the cushion and meditated to calm my limbic brain and then journaled to get to the source of the anxiety (find it, get to know it, then work through it).
I not only felt lighter but more focused. Amazing how quickly we can change our mindset. But getting out of the comfort zone and looking deep inside is a skill, like working a muscle. (Tip: keep working that muscle.)
Breathe. It's seems automatic, but often we’re forgetting to go deep here: breathe deep and get oxygen to teh whole body. Deep breathing also signals the brain that we’re ‘ok’ no life threatening attacks on the way. It is a form of self care, and deep breathing can be done anywhere.
For me, at least, this time of year, winter, seems to have so much packed into it. Good, bad, sparkly, messy. It's all there, on all the levels: business, family, friends, life. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed. One of the best things we can do for ourselves, is to breathe, consciously and deeply. It's required for life and slows life down for a few seconds. It can bring us out of our stress response, calming down the limbic brain (old lizard man of the brain, watching out back). Bonus: add in a weird thought to activate your prefrontal cortex, such as "I'm going to breathe through my big toe. I wonder what that would be like, to have my nose on my toe." Inhale. Exhale. You've got this! We've got this.