On New Years Day I started to write this post from our Glastonbury place .
Winter rain danced against the cottage window obscuring my view of the ancient Tor. A clock ticked softly in the background as birds sang outside, regardless of the rain. I love writing from this place.
Glastonbury has a way of bringing awareness to the present, helping to cultivate a sense of peace. Being back in London, I like to think I’ve brought a bit of Glastonbury with me.
So how to combat back to work blues? A timely question as the holiday season comes to an end. With this in mind here are some ideas to lessen the impact of back-to-work-blues.
Stay present. Being unhappy isn’t fun. Dealing with it though through escapism or living just for the next holiday can mean missing out on life.
To make the present more enjoyable. Start to appreciate the little things and the magic of each day. It might only be a few things out of the day at first, if the job or current life situation isn’t great. However, drop seeing the cup as half empty, learn to see it as full again.
Make an effort to start and end your day by listing at least ten things that you are grateful for in your life. Focus less on the things you don’t want and more of the things you do. This way of thinking has helped me a lot.
Drive your own destiny If there are things you don’t like then change them, making plans while remembering to live in the present as mentioned above. We are the drivers of our own destiny. If your job sucks change it, See my article on how to go for your dreams even when you have responsibilities.
Every man is the architect of his own future. Sallust
Try my favourite yoga pose for when I’ve had a tough day
Sometimes we need a little help after a long day. Taken from my new book, this yoga pose is what I do whenever I feel down. As long as you have checked with your doctor you safe to do it, give it ago.
- Start by lying on your back and bend your legs. Depending on the dimensions of your body, aim to bring the feet buttocks close to the buttocks, but not so close that it causes pain in the knees.
- Take a few breaths and bring the palms down by the side, facing down.
- Inhale and begin to peel the buttocks off the floor and lift the chest. Now you have done all that effort to get into the pose, don’t forget to breathe and lift the chest. This can be a place people forget to lift and expand due to emotional fear. Imagine a bright, shining emerald light emanating from the heart. Hold for 5-20 breaths, depending on your ability and time.
- Slowly work from the top of the back as you bring each vertebra down to the floor, tailbone last to touch down. Some parts of your back will move more easily than others. The bits of the back that want to rush, slow them down with the use of breath. Once you touch the ground, take one breath and repeat again.
- To finish, bend the knees to the chest and, keeping the shoulders on the ground as much as you can, as you have the arms going out to the side with the palms facing up, lightly twist to the side by letting the bent legs fall to the right as you look to the left. Repeat on the other side.
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Let me know how you get on. There is no need to sing blues. Leave that to musicians. Also do you want to win some free fitness clothing, amazon vouchers and copies of my book? Don’t forget to sign up to my free virtual book launch for chances to win!