Allow the dust to settle
I know you are busy and want to accomplish a lot. You’ve got big plans for your home and your life.
Me to sister! I also know what it feels like to push through and try to get everything done in the short 24 hours we have — it feels like burnout. Your mind turns to mush and you forget why you are even doing all this in the first place…you’ve lost focus.
Luckily, there is a simple way to let the dust settle so you can regain your focus and get back to living your best life.
Warning: You may not like this
Do absolutely nothing. I know! It sounds absurd and counterintuitive, but I’ve tested it out many times and it works. Stop doing and start being in order to allow your mind and body time to catch up with you.
I’m not saying quit your job, be lazy or stop giving a f*ck. I’m just saying, chill out for a hot second.
You will have the most brilliant ideas pop into your head and gain amazing clarity if you will stop swirling around in constant motion and allow the dust to settle at your feet. Refocus and remember what lights you up and gets you excited.
Even though I recommend doing ‘nothing’ at least once a day (if not more) it works best if you are intentional about it. Be intentional with how you are being. The following practices refocus your mind and de-escalate burnout and overwhelm.
There is nothing more basic yet powerful than intentionally breathing. When you focus on your breath you calm the nervous system and de-stress your body. One of my favorite breathing techniques is called box breath. You breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4 and repeat as many times as you like.
Meditation has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to focus the mind. One misconception about meditation is that you are supposed to make your mind go blank. Nah, that’s not necessary. I’m always thinking when I meditate. In fact, I have some of my best ideas during meditation.
Sometimes, you just need a good nap! If breath work and meditation don’t do the trick, give yourself permission to curl up with a cozy blanket, put on some relaxing music and take a 15 minute power nap. You don’t need to sleep the day away, but a good nap can do wonders for your focus. Even Albert Einstein took micro-naps every day.
- Do absolutely nothing for a minimum of 30 minutes. Are you an overachiever? Then, do nothing a couple times a day!