My guess is that, as a busy parent, your morning routine getting the children ready for school can raise your blood pressure slightly even on the best of days. And on the worst of days … let’s not even go there! And this is the case however well you plan and get organised. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that… And then the moment you have dropped them off at school, you hotfoot it to your office to cram as much work as humanly possible before school pick-up time comes around all too quickly. The chances are that you feel that you never get a break or the opportunity for a breather until the little darlings have gone to bed at the very earliest. But the good news is that I am giving you permission to take a mini break at the very start of your working day in the form of a daily grounding practice.
What is a daily grounding practice?
It is something which helps to replenish your energy reserves and keep them in balance. All the stresses and strains of daily life can wreak havoc with our energy levels so our daily grounding practice helps us to recharge our batteries. It also allows not to react too strongly to negative events in our day. For example, if a potential client rejects a quotation we send to them, if we are not fully grounded we may assign too much importance to this one rejection and allow it to trigger all of our limiting beliefs. However, if we are properly grounded we can take the rejection much more serenely. We will tell ourselves that “these things sometimes happen to everyone”, rather than taking it as a personal slight and telling ourselves that “these things always happen to me because I am useless, incompetent,” etc., etc. You get the idea.
What form could my daily grounding practice take?
This is entirely your choice. Basically, anything that can be performed in a small window of time and which calms, motivates and uplifts you simultaneously is a suitable grounding practice. In order to not eat into your working day excessively, it should not take more than 10 – 15 minutes. It could be reading positive affirmations or passages of wisdom, listening to your favourite motivational tracks of music or something really calming such as meditation or yoga.
Top tips for the success of your daily grounding practice
- Be consistent – try and do it at the same time, or roughly the same time, each day.
- Use the same daily grounding practice day in and day out for a considerable period of time, say two to three months at least. We humans love predictability in our daily routine and we will quickly associate this daily grounding practice with it being nearly time to get down to work.
- Your daily grounding practice is a type of self-care practice. You should therefore find a quiet place to perform it alone where you are not going to be interrupted or distracted.
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