1.) Create a Mantra
A mantra is a phrase that you can repeat to yourself throughout the day. It includes words that describe a feeling or situation that you want. For example, if you want more money in your life, your mantra could be: I am abundant and fulfilled in my life. When you say this phrase, focus on what it would feel like in your body. What is your fantasy about having tons of money? Would you be driving a fancy sports car? Or on a sailboat with your family? Or buying a hot meal for all the homeless people in your community? No judgment. Just let yourself paint a picture. Have fun with it. Think about what you’d be wearing, smelling, seeing.
Take several deep breaths, repeating this mantra to yourself and feel the sensation of being rich (or whatever you’re striving for). Repeat this practice as many times as you can throughout the day. Add a reminder on your phone.
2.) Notice Your Breath
Put on your favorite music. The song that makes you smile and feel calm. It could be hard metal or an Indian chant. It doesn’t matter, as long as you feel peaceful listening to it. Ok, now lay down on the ground (or bed). You can sit if you aren’t able to lay down. Just make yourself comfortable.
Close your eyes. Let your body relax. Begin to notice your breath. You don’t need to change the rhythm. Just notice it. Feel it coming through your nostrils, filling your belly and then exhaling. Start off by doing this for ten breaths. Work towards being able to do this for the length of your favorite song. Whenever you notice you got distracted, simply return to noticing your breath.
3.) Make a List
When you wake up in the morning, write a list of everything on your mind. Include ALL of those random thoughts. Do you need to change the oil in your car? Buy groceries? Call your mom? Include the conversation you had with your friend that left you frustrated. Just let yourself put it all down on paper. Once you’ve made your list, take a deep breath.
Ok, now, write a number 1, 2, or 3 next to each item. #1 are things that need to be addressed today. #2 are ones that need to be taken care of this week. #3 are longer term, like this month. Make sure to include the conversations you want to have with others. They may not need to happen today, but there’s a reason you wrote it on the list.
With the items you need to do today, pull out your schedule and write in when you’re going to get them done. Can someone help get any of them done? That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now you don’t have to juggle all of those random thoughts, knowing they will be addressed.
What are ways that you find peace of mind throughout your day? Share your ideas below!