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Ways To Make Peacefulness a Habit


Have you ever come back to work on Monday morning after a weekend camping trip, and wished that you could carry that peaceful feeling with you right through the week? But the minute you scan your weekly schedule, and project what has to be done, that special feeling starts to fade, and by Friday you can barely remember what it felt like.

Staying peaceful takes a special focus.

Try Five Minutes Away

I have found one of the best ways for me to catch my breath and unload a bit of daily stress is to take five minutes here and there to just stop and breathe. I move outside, or find a quiet spot inside, sit quietly, breathe deeply, close my eyes and picture that wonderful camping spot at sunset.

Letting the mind float back captures the quiet as I breathe in and out. Then slowly I open my eyes and look around. Having let go of a lot of tightness and stress, everything usually looks a lot better.

Walking Off Helps Too

When I have become increasingly caught up in a project and seem to be going nowhere fast, I take a few minutes to walk around the block. Seeing everything but focusing on nothing in particular helps me regroup. When I walk back in and look at the project I often have a better idea.

Special Music Can Be A Cue

If you do fine until you get stuck in a project, you may need to just take a few minutes and listen to your favorite sounds. Classical guitar works for me. It’s hard to hang onto negative thoughts when the sounds are so great.

Laughter Can Save the Day

Finally, when you are completely frazzled and wondering how you can sneak out early, a call from to an old friend who always makes me laugh, can do wonders. Laughter releases tension and just makes you feel so much better.

Bring a Yoga Mat to Work

On those days when the tension headache starts to set in and you still need to solve a few key problems, a short yoga session can put things back into perspective. Just find a quiet spot outside or close the door and use your yoga mat as a retreat as you do a few favorite poses. The minute I settle onto the mat I can feel my stress lifting.

Whatever works for you to recapture the peaceful feelings of a weekend way, will help your productivity, creativity and health, as stress steps back.


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