“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.”
― Steve Goodier
For the past several months, I have been inundated with work both on the personal front as well as on the workside. While I have been excited about all the work that I am doing, I have ignored the subtle signs my body has been giving me. In Fact I have inflicted so much pain on my body that it decided to scream one fine morning. And it happened just when I was stepping out of my home, fully charged to deliver a full day workshop to one of my clients.
For me work is crucial . I consider it as nourishment to my body and mind. If I don’t have a challenging customer assignment , I get restless and agitated. My work felt more in control of me than the other way around.
But what happened this time, made me pause.i had not taken a break for long.There were several things on my to-do list that screamed for attention. These were things that would have actually helped me be grounded. For instance, attending a yoga class, meditation, going for a walk, Reading minimum two books a month. But with the pace that I had set for myself, my to-do list just remained a list on my phone.
We just override the small signals our body is constantly sending us for want of work, all kinds of dietary habits and a desire to be busy all the time. Now that I had paid for this mistake dearly , I decided to pause , not just pause but to take a break and turn my attention to the task list which was for my well being. I had to stop grinding and be more grounded.
Here are a few things I did to bring my life back on track.Simple things, but even these I was neglecting under the excuse of being busy. These simple things helped me to be grounded
- Taking a deep breathe at regular intervals. It helped me in my breathing pattern. I would often get hyper and would have a lot of anxiety to meet deadlines. It often felt as if I had stopped breathing. The breathing feature on my apple watch kept me honest.
- Going for a long walk. I decided to leave my mobile phone at home and just enjoy the walk. No hearing podcast and music while walking. Just devour the surroundings and take in the fresh air. My observation power improved. I started enjoying the nature walks. It also helped me come up with ideas for my writing. It helped me clear my mind and think clearly.
- Drink a lot of water. This was something I had to consciously start doing. It helped me detox.
- Because of my work , I used to have sleepless nights very often . I would be forced to take an antialergin or a sleep inducing pills. But with regular walking , breathing and meditation , I was able to overcome the sleeping problem.
- Started reducing my sugar intake. I love the Indian Chai. Started taking my Chai without sugar. Had to control my craving for sweets. No ice creams, no sugary juices, no desserts , but plain simple home-cooked food.
“Please hold my hand for every balloon needs a string to stay grounded.”
― Wald Wassermann
I have found my string to stay grounded. How about you?