When we are tired and it is a lazy day at home that can be nice, however, when we are feeling lethargic and are expected to perform – this can be challenging. Focusing on the task at hand and achieving results is important when we are tired because often we are this way!
The good news is we can refocus and recharge and by relaxing at regular intervals. Be creative and think of when you have a moment that could be put to good use: while the jug is boiling, waiting for the toilet to be free, on the train/bus, waiting in queue, on hold on the phone and the list goes one!
When you find yourself in an opportune moment make the most of it and start focusing on relaxing and breathing so when you return to your day’s task you are at your optimum level.
If you are moving: (walking, using equipment)
1. Choose something that is a task you do regularly and it is a potentially dangerous activity!
2. Take a few deep breaths and make a choice to make this a mindful activity.
3. Start off in a controlled and steady pace (a bit slower than your normal pace).
4. Whichever part of your body you are moving the most – focus on this movement while you do your task (I f I am climbing stairs to deliver boxes I would focus on my legs; photocopying I would focus on my hands)
5. Feel your legs or hands every time you make a repeat movement and repeat this in your mind (one leg, two legs up stairs; hands on paper).
6. Feel the step with your heavy legs and feel the pressure on your hands (in relation to the second example).
7. If your mind wanders then bring it back to the mantra: one leg, two legs up stairs.
8. When you have completed the task give thanks for the time you have spend relaxing or meditating.
If you are still (in line, waiting for something)
1. Become strong in your stance and take a few deep breaths and decide to meditate.
2. Choose a space to look at in front of you and breath in your nose and out of your moth and feel yourself relax with each one. Repeat this 10 times.
3. Drawer your next depth deeper and deeper until your body feels heavier.
4. Repeat for as long as you are waiting.