Happy Monday! We hope you enjoyed your weekends. A fellow yogi recently shared a post on Instagram with the caption, "Calm is a super power" and it totally resonated with us right now, and so that is what we will be talking about on this #MindfulnessMonday.
I think we can all agree that someone telling you to relax when you're stressing it out is potentially one of the most infuriating things ever. And sometimes those people mean well and other times they are intentionally trying to get under your skin. Regardless of intention, it is very annoying, but the rationale behind it does have merit. Freaking out, crying, yelling, stressing are all natural reactions to frustration, stress and just overall things not going our way. But, we need to recognize that it's easy to get anxious. It's easy to lose our sh*t. What's hard is to remain calm and rationale in the face of big life challenges and/or inconveniences. Cultivating and harnessing this sense of calm truly is a super power. And it is not easy to do. We know we can get frustrated by the littlest things like subway delays, bad weather or even not being able to nail a pose on our mat. But, if we can learn to breathe through our aggravation in small moments, we can then learn to harness this power for the bigger moments too.
Some things we like to do to strengthen to power of our calm are:
BREATHE: Sounds simple, but deep belly breathing actually helps to physically reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body.
Make lists. Writing down all the things you have to get done can make it all more manageable. And then when you can cross things off the list, you realize it's not so stressful after all.
Talk it out. Whether this means speaking to yourself out loud or getting on the phone with a friend, sometimes just releasing your fears into the universe can make them way less scary.
Do yoga! Get on your mat and just breathe and move through your blocks and challenges.
We are trying to go through this week with a sense of calm and peace. We encourage you to do the same. Have a good one!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.