Sometimes I find myself in a state of anxiety that disguises itself as "flow" or productivity. I am moving a hundred miles an hour and crossing off to-do list items like a mad woman. BUT when I'm in this state it is easy for me to lose sight of priorities. Sometimes the to-do list items I have accomplished were not the most important. I can also lose sight of my relationships with others. I feel like I must keep working and any request for my time feels like an intrusion on my important work. If I get in a car in this state, I am likely to perpetrate road rage - don't these people know I have things to do?
There is no replacement for mindfulness to quickly shift the trajectory of my day. The challenge is knowing when I need to stop and take a deep breath - if I am in this frantic state, it can be difficult to stop the momentum. Now, after a few years of practice, when I am in this state, my logical brain tells me that a break is actually the best course of action. Even if it is only a five minute re-centering or one minute to pet my dogs. But sometimes the situation calls for me to take the rest of the day off and practice "extreme self care," as my friend calls it - a nap, a trip to the hot springs, a yoga class, a slow and purposeful dinner. If I can shift my energy, I can move into a space where I remember that most things on the to-do list can wait. I can see where my priorities are and I can be more present for the people (and pets!) around me.
Here is a great article by Janice Marturano at Mindful Magazine to give you some easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day: https://www.mindful.org/five-ways-jumpstart-your-day/
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