I have a confession to make: I like being busy. Like busy busy.
I came to this realisation over the holidays when I ran out of things to busy my life with. The house was clean, I’d been to the gym, and friends were away. It was just me, myself and I. I had no flipping idea of how to just ‘be’ because I really just ‘do’ too much.
The concept of just sitting down and doing nothing felt obscure to me. As much as I wanted to chill out I couldn’t. Finally faced with a day of peace and quiet, I found my head filled with thoughts.
If only there were an off switch!
Slightly frustrated I decided that maybe a more active approach to relaxation was in order. Sounds like an oxymoron right? Anywho, I decided to try something I used to do during times of stress which I find quite useful: one minute meditation. It’s as simple as closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. If thoughts appear, just let them float by like clouds passing in the sky and then return your awareness to your breath.
I enjoy listening to this piano music as I breathe, but do what works best for you
I find this one minute is enough to transition me into a calm headspace so I can just ‘be’.
What relaxation techniques do you find useful?