Is it possible to keep a vacation mindset year round? September is notorious for back to school busyness, and even for those of us who graduated years ago, it signals an end of lazy and relaxing summer days. A new season often brings new stresses with it, and it’s easy to get so caught up in the daily rush that you end up feeling burnt out and uninspired. Luckily, you can channel the zen you get lounging poolside or watching the sun set over patio drinks even as the seasons change. That’s where Rachelle Stimac, Certified Reiki Practitioner and owner of Windsor Art of Healing, comes in! She’s here to offer 5 expert tips for finding calm amidst the chaos in our everyday lives.
Breathe – Breathing is something we do automatically, but the key is to bring our awareness to our breath. Focus on the air coming in through your nose, and filling your lower belly. When we focus on our breath, it helps us disengage from distracting thoughts and sensations. Breathe slowly and evenly, and let the calm return to your mind.
Say thank you– Saying thank you is a powerful tool you can use to automatically feel good. Gratitude allows you to detach from a stressful situation and channel the negative energy into something positive. There is always something to be thankful for. Start by stopping for a moment, close your eyes, and say “thank you” to the air you are breathing for keeping you alive.
Check in with nature– Mother Nature is the ultimate mood lifter. When you go outdoors, the space, colours, and fresh air help your brain disengage. You don’t need a lot of time outside either. Have your morning coffee or breakfast outdoors, or walk outside on your lunch break. Just stepping outside will reset your mood.
Get movin’: Regular exercise is a well-studied way to benefit your physical body and heal your mind. It is easy to skip working out after a long day when our moods are less than ideal, but if you can muster up the will power and just do it, you will feel so much better than when you first started. Think of it as mental repairing, not exercise.
Use your senses: Get out of your head and into your body. Come back to the present by tuning into your senses. What do you see in front of you? What sounds can you hear? Do this for all five of your senses. This is a great mindful exercise to help you stay conscious.
Another great way to achieve ultimate relaxation? Reiki! Rachelle is giving one lucky reader a free session; be sure you’re following Windsor Art of Healing on Instagram here for all the details and your chance to win!