By Tiffany Lord ~
Do you ever feel like your day is half over by the time you wake up? Maybe you had grand plans to do laundry or read a book, but suddenly it’s 5 PM and you’ve barely begun. Where does the day go? Setting intentions for your day can help you feel centered and focused with a sense of alignment.
As soon as you open your eyes, place one hand on your heart and one hand on your stomach for three slow breaths. Feel the rise and fall of your torso. Inhale from your lower abdomen up through your ribs and chest. Exhale all of your breath back into your lower abdomen. After three rounds, feel free to continue or move on to step two.
Take a moment and choose one word that describes how you want to feel today. For example, if you need help from colleagues at work, the word “supported” may come to mind. If you want to feel less overwhelmed by the news, you can choose the word “peace.” Allow the word to pop into your mind without judgment. The first word you think of is usually the word you need.
Once you have your word, use it as an intention for your day. Repeat it silently or out loud three times whenever you need a pick-me-up. I like to write the word on a sticky note and place it somewhere I see often. Anytime you see the sticky note, say the word out loud. This will remind you of the positive intention you set for yourself throughout the day.
Now that you’ve got your oxygen flowing, it’s time to move. These are my favorites to release any stiffness from sleeping:
By using these three quick and easy steps, you can move through your day with more focus and intention. When you feel the day getting away from you, take a few rounds of breath and repeat your intention to realign yourself.