Today I am writing out of pure frustration. Have you ever had days where you don’t know what to do with yourself? Days when you feel so useless and so lost? That is how I am feeling today!
Honestly, I hate these days so much. They give me such a sense of anxiety. It’s these days where I feel that there is so much to do, yet I can’t get any of it done. So what do I do when I get in this frame of mind? I work to get myself out of it!
Usually, when this happens, it takes the whole day to recuperate and restart. (Or at the very least a half of the day.) I remind myself that I am not useless, just frustrated. I know that you can’t work to get things done if you aren’t focused on the here and the now. So here’s what I do in three easy steps.
"Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony."— Debasish Mridha
Yoga is the first step of the three steps that I do. Before starting my yoga session, I stop everything I am doing and step away. When you do your yoga session, it does not have to be a lengthy session. I enjoy even the simply stretching sessions, as these are perfect for resetting the mind and mood. The goal here is to erase whatever is building up inside and throwing you off. For me, a lot of this is anxiety.
During this session, I make sure that I am fully present in the moment. I let everything else go away, like washing the slate clean. When I do this, I can have a clean slate and start fresh when I finish my practice. Once I finish my session, I make sure I thank myself for taking the time that I needed to focus on my health.
The second phase is meditation. I like to go right into my meditation session as soon as I finish my yoga because I am already in a state of peace by this point. I will go straight from my Savasana and right into meditating. For me, this is Mantra Meditation. I find, for myself, that this is the perfect transition time.
While in my meditation session, I take this time to listen to the Universe/God. It is also a perfect time to thank the Universe for giving me this challenging task today, bless it, and have it move on to someone else who needs to learn from it. This step is crucial in moving forward with my day. Personally, this session is all about connecting with the higher power.
Time for Myself
After my meditation session, I do something to focus on taking care of me. Now this varies from time to time. Today, I took a nice relaxing bath. Let me tell you this did the trick! It just let everything I had accomplished in my yoga and meditation practices set in. It sealed everything in and let me wash the worries away.
I encourage you to find something like this that relaxes you. It can be anything, go for a walk, visit your favorite place, read a book. Find something that will help you to restart and make you feel rejuvenated.
Stay in this phase for as long as you need to. It is the last of three stages, so it is crucial you feel your best when you come out of it. One thing I certainly do not want you to do is to look at a clock during this phase. You must not feel rushed! Be in the present moment! There will be time to complete your to-do list later. At this moment, all you need to focus on is your health and well-being.
After completing these three steps, my head is clear, and I am back to my state of clarity. Everything from before is now gone!
If you struggle with days like these, as I do, I suggest you try the above methods. They take you right out of the whirlwind you are in and bring you back to the center that you need. From here, you can restart your day and be in a much better place, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
© 2020 Carissa Nason