The Benefits of Stopping Before You Begin
I hated recitals. Stress causes me to forget things and make mistakes. My teacher reminded me to pause before I started playing. So, I tested her suggestion.
The pause kept me from racing through the song and making mistakes.
And recitals I started playing before I even sat down, well, let’s say they didn’t go as smoothly.
Curious, how do you start your day?
An alarm than a mad dash to get yourself and everyone else out of the door?
You take your coffee to go, eat breakfast on the fly and go through the hustle of day on adrenaline or in a weird brain fog.
How you energetically start the day sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Try pausing first to connect with yourself. Take a few breaths and then ask,
“How do I feel?”
“What do I need?”
“How can I take better care of myself today?”
Test it out and see if it leaves you feeling calmer, less stressed and more joyful throughout the day.
To help, check out THIS audio of the 6:3:6:3 breath I do anytime I need to pause and re-connect with myself.
After you listen ask, “how do I feel, what do I need, how can I take better care of myself today?” Then act accordingly.
This audio is part of my new Crazy to Sane Toolkit!
The CS Toolkit is free and includes simple yet effective practices for a calmer more joyful life.
I’m putting the final touches on it and will be sharing the rest with you soon.
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