We are all busy. Life is frantic and crazy. I know. If it’s not the kids yelling “mom, mom, mom”, it’s work messages, text messages, remind messages from teachers, running here, running there, do this, do that, appointments, make dinner, laundry, etc. the list goes. All day long. This seems to be the norm for most of us. So finding peace in a busy world is something that takes practice. We are all in a constant state of being busy, finding peace and becoming mindful of the day can help you get through whatever life hands you and also help improve your overall happiness in life.
This is one of my favorite quotes:
It does not mean to be in a place with no trouble, noise or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart
I think that says it all.
Finding peace, staying focused or being mindful throughout the day is a tough thing to do. Especially in the busy world we live in. But it’s so important. It’s important to take some time in these crazy hectic days and reset, recharge and regroup. I know it seems impossible to fit this into the calendar, but trust me, it will end up opening up more time for your day, and overall you will feel happier and healthier.
As women, we take on a lot of responsibility, not only physically but emotional. And it can be exhausting and overwhelming. Keeping yourself “in the moment” can be challenging. Studies have shown that yoga and meditation can dramatically improve your well being not only physically but mentally. They have both taught me ways to be mindful all day long. So take a minute breath and read this:
Finding Peace in a Busy World:
Start Your Day With a Good Stretch and Some Gratitude:
Before I get out of bed, I take some nice long juicy stretches and deep breaths. It feels so good! Then I lay there and think of at least five things I am grateful for. I express my heartfelt gratitude for those things and start my day.
Meditate and Set an Intention
I know, I know. I say mediate, and people think they need to carve out hours. No, not at all. Start with 1-10 minutes. Take deep breathes. And as thoughts start to pop in your head, let them go. Feel the stillness, the peace you create. That’s all it takes. As you end, your meditation set an intention for the day. Intentions are the guiding principles of who you want to be, how you live and what you contribute to this world. Keep your mind focused on that intention through your day. Come back to it in times of chaos.
As you meditate each day, you will start to notice your days will feel different. You will become more focused and at peace.
Slow Down – Pause
Finally, take “moments” or pauses during the day. When energy starts to build, and you begin to feel stress or overwhelmed – take 5. Find a place and just breathe. Reset yourself. Bring yourself back to the moment and remember your intentions. These little pauses throughout the day can help change your perspective, bring you back “in the moment”, and help you find your peace.
Last Sunday my husband reminded me of this. Our Sunday’s have become one of our busiest days, and that day I felt like a chauffeur, I would get in my car take one of my boys to some sporting event and then come back get the other one and run back and forth. Plus I was trying to get the family ready for the week. I was feeling stressed. And as I ran to get back in my car. My husband looked at me and said: “Honey, slow down”. I was so thankful for that. It was exactly what I needed at that time. I needed to pause. I needed to take three big deep breaths and start again. And I did just that. I sat in my car, in my driveway and focused on my breath. I cleared my mind of all those thoughts racing through my head and reset myself. The rest of my day was busy, but I got everything done because I took the time to pause, reset and become mindful of myself and the day.
Making these small changes in your daily routine will transform the way you do things and will hopefully make you more aware of all the beautiful blessing life brings!