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Have you ever wished that you could just start the day over? It happens to us all. A difficult night’s sleep, a morning routine that didn’t flow as it should, getting stuck in traffic and making it to work with no time to spare can all make us want to press the reset button on our day.
But, rather than struggle through your day feeling like you’re swimming upstream, there are a few things that you can do to reset your day, get back on track and enjoy the day ahead.
SHIFT YOUR FOCUS
It sounds simple, but if we spend all day focusing on what’s going wrong then we’ll naturally attract even more drama into our day. Shifting your focus can help to soothe your mind and change the energy that you're sharing with the people around you. So, think about what’s going right for you. Start by listing three things - even tiny things - and then see how far you can go, some days three might be your limit and that’s okay.
In the middle of a challenging day it can feel counterintuitive to slow down but it’s so helpful - and it doesn’t stop you from getting the important things done. In fact, I always find the opposite to be true. Take a few breaths, lower your shoulders and then consciously slow down your day by tackling one thing at a time. It’s so much more productive than racing through your day at full speed.
Finding time to meditate is a wonderful way to press reset on a challenging day...even if you have to retreat to the solace of your car...or the bathroom to do it! It helps to rebuild our connection to self and slow down those never ending thoughts whirling around your head.
If you’re new to meditation then start by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes and taking a deep breath. Focus as your breath naturally moves in and out of your body and when thoughts appear, as they will, simply let them pass by like clouds without engaging with them. Do this for a few minutes and you’ll be amazed by the difference it makes. To ease deeper into a moment of meditation see our meditation candles.
Taking a few minutes to do something that you love can really lift your spirits and help get your day back on track. How to spend these precious minutes will depend on whether you’re working in or outside your home. Try reading something you love or find inspirational, connect with a friend who makes you laugh, take a shower, grab a healthy snack or large glass of water...anything that supports your wellbeing and a more positive mindset.
LEAVE THE ROOM
A change of scenery can be a great cure, especially when we want to press reset on a challenging day. So, leave the room, house or office and take a wander...outdoors is ideal if the weather allows but a different room or a walk around the building can work too. It’s a simple fix but it can help to change your energy and lower your stress levels.
TAKE A NAP
It’s not always possible but if it is, then go for it! There’s nothing better than taking a nap and waking up to start the day over. Be sure to make it a short nap, set a timer and don’t oversleep because that can result in waking up feeling groggy and worse than before. Here are a few more tips on how to take a power nap.
Keep this list handy for those challenging days when you find yourself wishing for a reset button. Find which tips work best for you and say goodbye to struggling through your day feeling powerless over your mood.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.