Not everybody wakes up excited to get to work. Some find the commute more cumbersome than their actual jobs. Rightfully so. Here are a couple Mindful Mondays tips to giving that cool cucumber a run for its money. Scroll down for your tips for the week.
Stressor: Somebody cuts you off or gives an aggressive cut off or bump onto the subway. Try keeping in mind that everybody has had life before your interaction and is most likely trying to get to their next life experience.
Solution: What can you do? To put it simply, shrug it off. They may have had shifts back to back to support their family, their alarm possibly decided to be on the fritz that morning, they may be nervous and completely focused on the interview they’re on the way to, they may have to pick up their sick child… You get the picture. Have a little bit of empathy. Give them the benefit of the doubt. True, they may be just a jerk. But, if you keep your cool and don’t let their few seconds of interaction ruin the hours you got left, you are on the road to a happier day being present in YOUR space.
Stressor: There are too many cars on the highways and byways or too many bodies on the buses and subways. Your space is being limited second by second.
Solution: Focus on something pleasant around you or in your thoughts. Now, breathe in for a count of 6, hold for a count of 3, and breathe out slowly for a count of 6 (musicians and dancers, this may be hard to do with your music on because the measure don't line up). Get your breathing to be intentional and rhythmic. Repeat the breathing as much as needed. Let that pleasant object, memory, or idea become bigger and fill your breath and your space. Be thankful you’re breathing.
Try this out for the next 7 days even if your travel isn't on the way to work. Let me know how these work for you. Please share your experiences and comment below.