When is the last time to stopped to have a look at the world around you? I know you are busy, but what if you actually looked at the clouds as you walked to playground duty, or smelt the flowers as you pass the canteen or even notice the beautiful artwork around the schools grounds.
Sometimes we get so caught in our busyness we simply forget to notice the simple wonders around us.
HeartMath are an internationally recognized organization that continue to do amazing research into the link between the heart and mind. Here are some exercises that have been shown to have a dramatic impact on our wellbeing;
Heart Breathing: Focus your attention on your heart area, and breathe a little deeper than normal, in for 5 or 6 seconds and out 5 or 6 seconds. To extend this, close your eyes and place your hand on your heart. Try this for 20 seconds and notice the difference. This is how we can give back to ourselves.
Heart Focus: Imagine breathing through your heart. Picture yourself slowly breathing in and out through your heart area. This activity can be added onto the first one to go even deeper again
Appreciation List: Make a list of things you appreciate – people, places, activities, pets –and choose one or two each morning to hold in your heart during the day. Choose an item again at night to hold in your heart while you rest.
Appreciation Breaks: Take two or three appreciation breaks each day – ideally in early morning, during work, school, returning home or before bed. Just follow the above simple steps. It takes as little as two minutes to achieve mental, emotional and physical balance.
Appreciation List: Make a list of things you appreciate – people, places, activities, pets – and choose one or two each morning to hold in your heart during the day. Choose an item again at night to hold in your heart while you rest.
Appreciation in the Moment: Keep your Appreciation List close all day, in a pocket or purse, by your computer or elsewhere. In stressful moments, choose an item that can quickly evoke appreciation. It can turn a stressful day into one that flows – in 30 seconds or less.
The bottom line is it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do something.
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