Stop whatever you’re doing. Close your eyes, or turn away from your computer screen. Inhale and exhale a total of 10 times, repeating silently to yourself the number you’re on. For example, as you begin to inhale, think “I am breathing in 1” and as you exhale, “I am breathing out 1.” Then “I am breathing in 2”, “I am breathing out 2.” etc. If you lose count, it’s no big deal. Just pick up where you think you left off.
Most of us have photos of people we love on our phone, computer, or on our desks. We keep these photos because they make us smile- but over time, we find ourselves glossing over the images. The key to making this a stress-busting activity is the conscious choice to carve out time to look at those photos. Choose 1-3 photos and gaze at them for at least one minute each. Use the images to conjure fond memories and feelings. Think about when the photo was taken- what were you doing? What was it about that moment that made it photo-worthy? What does that person add to your life?
Many of us have much to be thankful for. Even, or especially, when we’re going through rough times, remembering what is good can be powerfully mood-lifting. Your list doesn’t have to include anything profound. It could be simple and obvious things, like “I’m grateful for being alive” or “I’m grateful that the sun is shining.” Grab a piece of paper, write at least 5 things down. You may find that once you’ve listed 5 things, you can think of many more.
About the Author
Julia Workman, CYT
Julia is an experienced yogi, teacher and dancer with a passion for health and wellness. As OmBody’s Fitness Program Director, she manages our workplace Yoga and fitness classes. You can also find her teaching powerful workshops that guide busy people toward healthier work/life integration.