You know that feeling when you have your morning coffee and you just feel worse?
Your usual quick fix strategies are no longer cutting it but you feel so drained you can't come up with a plan B. A few years ago I found myself in this very situation - let's be honest every now and again I find myself in this situation! My head feel's like a cotton wool cloud, I feel vague and every day feel's just HARD. And again I ask myself, how did we get back here!? Self- care is a funny little thing. We get on the bandwagon and do ALL THE THINGS and then we feel great. Then we feel so great that we start to cut a few corners. Then instead of cutting corners we are suddenly back into old patterns and we can start to disassociate from the messages our body is telling us (or yelling at us).
If your super sensitive like me you might find yourself in this fog very easily! So how can you deal with it without feeling more stressed?
My number one solution is to meditate for 5- 10 minutes a day.
This sounds potentially much too simple. You may be thinking
don't I need a complex solution to this seemingly complex problem?
Meditation has this magical thing about it. For every 10 minutes of meditation you will feel like you have slept for 30 minutes. Meditation gives you energy. It fills your cup back up. It's a big bang for buck scenario if you think about it.
If you are new to meditation and have no idea where to start there are some great iPhone apps available that are free. I usually set the timer on my phone to 10 minutes and just sit.
I sit without expectation. I feel into the sensations of my body.
It might be as simple as noticing the breath or contact your body has with the floor.
Sure the mind still zooms around at a million miles an hour. But that's okay. Don't judge it.
Sometimes meditation can be associated with something that is HARD. In my experience we only make it hard if we try to change things. Don't meditate to fix something, don't meditate to check something off the self-care list, meditate without expectation even if your thoughts are telling you otherwise. Meditate as an act of love to yourself.
It is that simple.
I will be writing more about how I learnt to meditate over the coming weeks.
If you have any questions, comment below and I will answer them right here.