29 Mar Creating positive touch points
CREATE POSITIVE TOUCH POINTS
Sometimes an entire day can go by without us even noticing the small things that make life good. Making a conscious decision to create at least three touch points throughout your day, when you hit the pause button and bring your attention fully into the moment.
TRY THESE TIPS
Before you get out of bed in the morning
Resist the urge to check facebook or your emails first thing, instead take a minute to consider what you are looking forward to in your day. If you are like most people, you might find yourself thinking about the negative aspects first (that’s the way are brains are inclined) but after doing this exercise for a week, you will find it easier to focus on the positives.
Include even the smallest pleasures like, enjoying a warm shower, eating a ripe piece of fruit, savoring a cup of herbal tea, listening to a podcast on the way to work or simply catching up with a friend.
As you leave the house
If you are in the habit of rushing outside each morning. Take a few minutes after closing the door to think about how you are setting up your day. Take a breath and, in the next 5 minutes, focus fully on what you are doing right now. For example, “I am walking to the station”. “I’m strapping the kids into the car, and I am grateful for them, even though they can be a handful sometimes”. “I am driving, and the traffic is busy, but I am comfortable, and the music is what I enjoy listening to, so I’m ok”.
When you have your morning herbal tea or other break in your workday
Check in and ask yourself how you are negotiating your day. Are you approaching things from a state of calmness or has your mood escalated? Take some time to feel your feet on the floor and become grounded again while reminding yourself what is really important here.
When you arrive home at the end of your day
Meditate for 10 minutes or so in order to put aside your working day and really arrive home. Acknowledge any lingering thoughts from your day. Afterwards, and before you rush to organize dinner or do other tasks, you may want to pause to ask your children or partner about their day.
Before going to sleep
Those minutes before you fall asleep are often when you replay your day, and this is a common time to dwell on the less favorable events or to fret about what might happen tomorrow. Before you switch off the light, take 5 minutes to reflect on three things that went well during your day. You may want to write them down in a notebook so that you can revisit them in a difficult time, to remind yourself of everything that is positive in your life.
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