As I continue to navigate the chaos of this feisty week I thought I’d share some more tools and resources I’m drawing on to stay present, grounded and mostly regulated - no easy feat! I found that if I break things down into short manageable experiences and practice at least one 5 times a day (or you could try all 5 throughout the course of your day) I was more successful at making time and sticking to a practice of connecting to the present moment.
AND I felt more settled, grounded and regulated! #win.
SO MY TAKE 5 FOR YOU TO TRY:
1 - Practice 5 ¼ sun salutations or chi gong movements with the arms in an upright position (either seated or standing). Get the body moving, blood flowing, and notice where you and the space around you meet (maybe not try this on the subway, during rush hour - awkward).
2 - Give yourself an applause - Clap your hands 5 times - and do so with some UMF (is that a word??). Note: if you do this in the am and are the first up, well, you might not be the most popular.
3 - If you’re a java drinker see if you can connect to the aroma of your coffee, or even the scent that fills the air if you’re in a coffee shop, or passing by one. Take 5 intentional breaths through your nose. What does your coffee/the scent of coffee smell like - Chocolate? Rich? Acidic? Vanilla? If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can also try this with your tea or with baked goods.
4 - Read 5 lines, paragraphs or pages about something that you’re curious about or from that book/magazine that lives on the shelf or you toot around in your bag. If when you’re done you still feel called to continue reading...then maybe consider sticking with it for a bit longer?
5 - Towards the end of my day (or sooner) I’m gonna give myself a hug and take 5 natural, calm breaths thru my nose. I’ll put my attention into feeling the movement of breath within my own embrace. I will also try connecting to a few things (maybe 5) that I accomplished today - I got up. I went to work. I completed a chore or task - simple life things. And then I’ll try to sit with that feeling of accomplishment or contentment for a few moments - marinate in it, soak it up, take it into my core/centre.
What are some of your short and quickie take 5 tools and resources?