*Big thanks to my friend Henry Petty for sharing his thoughts with us in today’s post.*
During the daily grind, we seldom find time for ourselves or a chance to really focus on “me”. This is a great technique to cope with the daily life, to break it up a bit, to focus on yourself and to care for yourself. If you’re finding yourself wondering where the day has gone and going to bed feeling empty and unfulfilled, this is for you.
Get an app on your smartphone that will go off every 2 hours during the day (there are lots out there). When that timer goes off, stop what you’re doing and think to yourself, “How do I feel? What do I need right now?”
Take a few really deep breaths, scan your body and see what kind of pain is there, what it is that you need in the moment, and how you are feeling.Then try some techniques to relieve that feeling or to make yourself feel better. It could be going for a brisk walk, doing some deep breaths, stretching, maybe listening to some stand-up comedy on YouTube, or listening to your favorite song. Whatever that is, write it down on an index card.
This coping technique will not only break up your day, but will also make you feel good about doing something…for you! It will show how grateful you are to be here, to be doing something loving and kind for yourself.
When you have made a stack of index cards, punch a little hole in them and put a keyring or something in them so you can refer to them every day.