Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? It is very possible. Many people do not even realize that they have not started their day on the right note simply based on how they rolled out of bed. If you want to seize the day before it seizes you, then use this step-by-step guide by LRD Academy to begin your day the right way with a simple little exercise.
Step 1. Close Your Eyes & Breathe
Begin this therapeutic exercise when you first open your eyes in the morning by actually closing your eyes. While your eyes are closed, take three breaths. These breaths do not need to be shallow breaths. Slowly and deeply inhale, feeling the air fill your entire lungs. Feel your diaphragm move downward as your make room for your lungs to expand.
Step 2. Examine Your Body
After you take the three deep breaths and as your eyes are still closed, assess your body. Again, do not look around or even use your hands. Simply sense where you are carrying tension in your body. Do you feel it in your shoulders? Are you carrying it in your neck? Wherever you are holding in the tension, it is essential to locate the tension.
Step 3. Ask Three Simple Questions
Once you know where the tension in your body is located, you will ask yourself three questions:
- What is the form of the tension?
- What is the scale of the tension?
- What hue is the tension?
These imploring questions help you to visualize the tension more clearly, which will enable you to enact the fourth step better.
Step 4. Sit & Shrink
Take 2-3 minutes to sit still and silently. As you sit in a state of calmness, mentally picture the tension shrinking. One great way to help the tension grow smaller is to remember all the blessings in your life for which you are grateful.
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Step 5. Write Down Three Blessings
The very last step is a continuation of the fourth. Those blessings that helped you to minimize the tension, write at least three of them down. Look back on these three blessings throughout the day to help you combat whatever tension tries to bind you.
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