I used to sit in my car in the parking lot of my job for 5-10 minutes before work every day. At exactly 7:59am I'd get out and make my way in. I had decided that there was no way I was allowing the stress to overwhelm me for any more time than I was getting paid for.
I disliked the fake conversations with my boss - pretending he cared about my life, and the general chit chat that just didn't feel genuine. I just wanted to do my job and go home, ya feel me?
I learned to do a few things to prepare myself for the day and I realized that making them a habit truly helped change the way I approach many stressful situations in my life. Let me share with you how to stop the feeling of overwhelm without even getting off your butt (you're welcome).
1. drink water - I know. This sounds SO ridiculous, doesn't it? But our bodies are made up of 60% water and water helps us form saliva, which also helps us digest better. Anyone else get nervous/stress tummy? Being hydrated helps! Water also helps us regulate our body temperature, flushes toxins (stress is a toxic emotion), and helps deliver oxygen all over our body.
2. I hope by now you've learned to keep your favorite essential oils in your pocket or your car, or your purse because #breathing. Did you know you can benefit from aromatherapy without using a diffuser? Here - take your favorite oil (mine's Believe) and put 2-3 drops in your hands. Rub them together, cup your hands over your face and inhale deeply & slowly 5-6 times.
3. Sticky notes - write something positive and stick it somewhere in your car - maybe on your visor so when you take one good last look at yourself in that mirror you're reminded that "you is smart, you is kind, you is important". I've actually started saying three positive things to my girls as I'm tucking them in every night and no matter how hard the day was, they go to bed knowing these things.
4. Speaking of mirrors - a good lipstick will make you feel like a bajillion dollars. You strut your beautiful self into that office at 7:59am mmkay?
5. Priming. This is a technique that Tony Robbins practices and teaches. It has a powerful and long-lasting effect on your body throughout the day. You can read more about it on his website but for the cliff-notes version you would:
-sit with both feet flat on the floor, back straight, shoulders back, head held high.
-perform 3 sets of 30 breaths with a pause in between each set.
-place your hands on your heart and start breathing. Take note of the power. Stay here for 30 breaths.
-think of 3 things you are grateful for right now.
-visualize your day - this can be interpreted however you need it to be. I like to imagine a light coming in through my head and leaving out my feet, and envision feeling really good about my day. You do you, boo.
-share your energy with others! Send it out into the world to the other people who need it.
-think of 3 outcomes or goals YOU want to achieve today.
Now go out and create your bad-ass day!
Oh and if you're wanting more of this...if you're like YESSSS I need this excitement in my life! Well I've got a free challenge called 7 Ways to Get What You Want and you can grab that right here.