We all go through those times when we are off kilter. Perhaps we are wiped out tired, or can’t slow down. Maybe we are losing touch with what we want. Something, someone, has taken us away from our center where we are calm and cool. Here’s some ways to come back to center where we can make decisions and think clearly.
1. Turn off social media for an hour or a day. It seems obvious, but we forget.
2. Water. Take a bath, drink some water—good water with a pH of 9 so that it is absorbed and helps your health.
3. Stretch. Yoga Sun salute is a favorite for getting centered but any stretching and holding for at least 30 seconds can help.
4. Ground with sound. Practice and play with different sounds such as “ahh” and “ohhh” for extended periods of time. It’s like chanting but you create the chant so that it is less mechanical, more soothing and organic to you.
5. Sit under a tree, hug a tree. They absorb your stress and ground you.
6. Journal. Write yourself questions and answer them. There is so much wisdom from our own hearts. It is a very centering activity to write to ourselves. if this doesn’t feel right, have a talk with yourself.
7. Take a nap. Or just rest. Give yourself permission. Rain gives us permission and so does snow. But sometimes you have to give yourself permission.
8. Shop? Not beyond your credit. Go to the dollar store or a higher end store. Shopping for a loved one is a more effective way of finding our center. We move from the mind to the heart and this can shift us. Shopping does release dopamine and can help us feel good too—as long as it’s done for play or for someone else, it doesn’t have to be the addictive kind.
9. Return to civility. A cup of tea in a beautiful teacup. A calm lunch with a friend who is upbeat.
10. Don’t forget your b-vitamins, your protein, a healthy diet for long term help. But don’t deny yourself everything. I recently had a piece of pizza for the first time in a while which came from a great local pizzeria. It was a slice of heaven for me made with love.
I would love to hear what you do to come back to your center. I’m sure there are more ways than listed above.