Do you feel like you're walking in those flip-flops? I've got a pair of them too. But there are simple ways to kick them off and turn "Ow!" to "Om". Read on....
1. Breathe. I know, you're already breathing. But are you? Do you realize how many times a day you actually stop breathing? If not - check in with yourself. And then take a few moments to focus on your breath. Breathe in deeply, and as you exhale think to yourself "One". Then inhale, and when you exhale, say to yourself "Two". Try to fill up not only your lungs, but your back (yes, it's possible), and your belly. (No one's looking - go ahead!) Keep the count going until 10 - it'll take about a minute and a half.
2. Meditate. I know, you don't have the time. You're late for work. Take one minute when you get into the car and just focus on your breath. One minute will not make any significant difference in when you get to work, but it can make a huge difference in how you feel when you get there. And that can translate into better decisions, better teamwork and more productivity.
3. Exercise. It's the best way to condition your heart and protect it against the negative effects of stress. Don't belong to a gym? No problem. Next time you need to get to the 2nd or 3rd floor of the building or parking garage, use the stairs. Is your grocery store nearby? Bring your own bag and walk. If the round trip is a half hour, you've accomplished two types of exercise - both aerobic (walk as briskly as you can without injuring yourself), and on the way back, you'll be carrying at least one bag of groceries, so you're strengthening your arms. Voila!
And don't forget, we offer group sound healing sessions once a month at Mission Valley Acupuncture. Great way to reduce stress!!