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Lately I’ve been dealing with some afternoon anxiety, the kind that creeps up on you suddenly when you’re working too hard, multitasking between jobs forgetting to breathe. I’ve always done too much for work, and too little for me, so I’m trying to learn a little bit at a time why it’s really important to take a minute and chill.
Last year after coming to the full realization that life isn’t about purely about work (hard to believe, I still struggle with this) I started to try to make more time for myself, even if it meant 5 minutes of sitting in the quiet section of the studio staring at the wall, while doing some simple breathing exercises. Eventually I started to get to into meditation, where I even participated in a group setting. I started to explore meditation more, and even though I fell off the wagon for a few months, I’m trying to get back on as it was super successful in helping me deal with stress.
Now in the mornings when I wake up, I feed the cats first, and then while they’re eating, I take 10 minutes to drink a cup of Folgers instant coffee while listening to a meditation app on my phone. This is time to try to clear my head for the day. I find that having a clear mind to start the day generally makes me put in a better mood and also helps me wake up more clearly.
There are lots of great Meditation Apps out there but the ones I prefer are Meditation Music, Insight Timer and Stop Manic & Anxiety. Some of them are music (great for the morning) while others are full guided meditation sessions. If I have 20 or 30 minutes I’ll try to do a guided session in a dark room to really help me relax. It works wonders!
I’d love to hear how you guys deal with the stresses of life and how often you make “me time”. Let me know in the comments! If you want to wake up with Folgers Instant coffee, make sure to check out Folgers Recipes too. Cookies always make me feel better. 🙂