ERIN O’HARA IS THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE GOLDEN YOGI STUDIO AND WELLNESS CENTRE IN AUCKLAND
When we get anxious and overwhelmed our breathing becomes shallow and rapid. By slowing down our breathing we feel an instant calmness as it brings us into our parasympathetic nervous system. You can simply stop what you are doing at work (or while sitting in traffic), and for a couple of minutes bring your full awareness to your breathing. When you inhale feel the belly and chest expand, and as you exhale feel the chest soften and belly melt towards the spine. Try to slow the breath down to about six to eight breaths per minute.
17. MAKE A LIST
When we have a lot to do it makes us feel overwhelmed, and sometimes it can feel so overwhelming that we don’t know where to start. Create a to-do list to organise your life into what needs to be done now and what can be done later. Work your way down the list, ticking off as you do the tasks and you’ll feel a great sense of achievement.
18.TAKE A BREAK
When we’re busy we quite often try to keep going and going without any breaks. Take some moments away from your desk throughout the day to reset your focus and maintain your productivity. Try to break the habit of eating your lunch at your desk.
When we feel like we have too much to do exercise drops off the list very quickly. Walking is a great way to destress and calm the mind. By simply putting your shoes on and walking around the block – even if it’s only 10 minutes – we can benefit the body and the mind. When we walk it boosts circulation and lymphatic flow around the body to leave us feeling recharged.
We commonly hear how good meditation is for us but quite often we don’t know where to start. Usually the biggest excuse I hear is “I don’t have enough time to meditate”.
Take five to 10 minutes daily and commit to doing it every day so it becomes a habit, just like brushing your teeth. It can be a breathing meditation or guided through an app like Headspace to give you guidance.