“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” —Wayne W. Dyer
Micro-care actions don’t take a lot of time, but make you feel better and connect you to your inner peace.
Micro-care is preventative, keeping the stress at bay. The best part about micro-care is that it doesn’t have to be a big deal—you can do it without interrupting your workflow. In fact, the purpose behind micro-care is to enhance your workflow by giving you quick, yet high quality ways to take care of yourself throughout the day. Especially when you feel tired or simply overwhelmed.
Micro-care comes in various forms, from taking care of your body to checking-in mentally and emotionally. Today we are focusing on how to stay grounded and keep your inner peace throughout the day. These five micro-care methods are simple, yet profoundly effective. Practice them daily, and you’ll feel your inner peace no matter what’s going on.
It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of the day and go from one thing to the next without skipping a beat. Everything runs into one big task, often with multiple interruptions that add to the work you’re already doing.
One way to stay grounded and keep your equanimity is to take a moment and pause throughout your day. Do this regularly, especially when you notice that you’re losing your sense of calm or feeling uncentered.
When you pause, don’t do anything else. Simply take a moment to focus on your breath and connect with your inner self. Let your thoughts quiet down. And if your mind is super active, that’s OK. Just let your thoughts come and go. Do this for a minute or two a few times a day.
This one thing will bring you back to the present moment, making it easier to focus on the task in front of you.
2. Notice Your Feelings
If you feel yourself getting uptight about your deadlines, the person you are dealing with, or the project you can’t seem to get to, remember that your feelings are a direct result of your thinking.
This is a perfect time to pause and take that deep breath. Whatever is knocking you out of your equanimity is not outside of you, even if it feels like it. No matter what happens, you can reconnect to your center just by noticing where you are and coming back to the present moment.
3. Don’t Get Caught up in Your Thinking
When there’s a lot going on, it’s easy to get carried away by runaway thoughts. But here’s the thing—our thoughts are just thoughts, and if you let them pass through without giving them a lot of investment, they won’t trip you up.
The long meeting, the upset client, or employee that needs TLC, it all gets handled when you feel inner peace and equanimity. When you’re not all caught up in what’s wrong and how things “should be,” it’s easy to tap into your inner peace.
4. Be Okay with Where You Are
I’ve noticed that when I start having a “bad day,” ignoring my feelings or trying to change them doesn’t really work.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m fine with myself no matter what’s going on around me, things that upset me pass pretty quickly.
Sometimes things will happen in your day that are distracting or even upsetting, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your inner peace. The things that trigger you are almost always outside of you. Knowing this and being okay with where you are allows you to tap back into your inner peace without everything falling apart.
5. Do Something Physical
Doing something physical for a few minutes to break up the day can recharge you and release anything that is making you feel off. It also supports your inner peace. So, get up and stretch in whatever way feels good to you. Take a walk around the block. Take a break. Your body and your state of mind will thank you for it.
Cultivate Your Inner Peace
These simple things cultivate inner peace. Pause, check-in, and notice how you feel and if you’re getting caught up in your thoughts. Acknowledge that you are okay, stop and move your body once in awhile so that energy moves through you.
None of these things take a lot of time, yet these five easy micro-care steps will create inner peace, promote your well-being, and support you in not only feeling good, but in getting things done.