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Opening Up to A Better Day

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It doesn’t take much for most of us to get bogged down by a situation.  Perhaps we just woke up a bit sore or have that nagging to-do that feels like it is going to get the best of us for another day.  Often we can’t even put our finger on what kicked our anxiety into gear.  There is just a heaviness that follows us around.

But just as easily as it comes on, we can help the residue of funkiness fall away if we have a few tricks up our sleeve. For me, having a few practices that cultivate mindfulness and help get my thoughts out so I can see them can make all the difference.

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Favorite Mindfulness Practice

Simply focusing on the breath.  This technique is super easy and can be done anywhere.  Invite yourself to find your breath.  Then witness it move in and out of the body.  No need to breathe a certain way.  Nose or mouth, either works.  Simply witness.  You will notice almost immediately that there is a sift, however slight, in your stress level.  Perhaps you will feel an emotion come up.  If so, take a few minutes to honor it.  It is there to serve you.

I know that even in the most difficult of times giving space to my feelings has allowed me to arrive at a place of release that could only come by letting go and honoring them.  We spend so much energy trying not to feel the difficult feelings.  Simply by turning and looking at them, we can move to a new space….often opening up to the easier feelings like peace and joy.

Favorite Expressive Practice

Journaling is by far my favorite expressive practice.  My journal is a hodge podge of feelings and images that range from visually spectacular to scribbles, scratches, and mental malarkey.  The biggest trick to journaling is to give yourself permission… permission to explore your feelings and thoughts without censorship… permission to be messy… permission to feel… permission to show up without anything profound happening… permission to write and draw dark feelings, hard feelings, bright feelings, any feelings… permission to take time for yourself (as little as 15 minutes is clinically proven to boost your immune system….that’s some good medicine!)… permission to shine… permission to move to a place of deeper understanding of who you are, how you work, and what in the world wishes to help you move closer and closer to joy.

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Combine the two practices above by first attending to the breath (3-5 minutes) then opening your journal to see what wishes to share itself with you.  You might also note how you are feeling before the breathing.  You can assign a number to your anxiety or discomfort or simply give what you are feeling a name.  Do the same at the end of your journaling.  Try this prompt a few times in the next week or so to see if it might be something that helps you open up to a better day.  I hope it does.

Let me hear from you….. I would love to hear from you if you decide to do the Creativity Prompt.  Feel free to drop a note in the comments to let me know how it goes.  I know the rest of the Creativity Tribe could grow from your experience as well!

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

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4 Comments
  1. I love the way you are always sharing ideas to help others be the best they can be! I have been working on breathing from my belly and the more I do it, the more I find it becoming second nature – you are right about it taking down the stress level. And journaling – that is a must for me! I am always amazed at what I discover when I put my thoughts down on paper. xo

    • I have been doing both of those practices for years, Kathleen and they are still a surprise gift for me everytime. lol!

  2. good Morning Rae,
    After reading this peaceful post, I feel as if I have been serinaded and swooned to a new level of enjoying the day… thank you and may you have a Super Fabilious and fantastic FRIDAY, Seastar!

    • I was feeling pretty chilled when I wrote it, Rosemary. Guess that came through!

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