I remember discussing with a friend a few days ago (or was it last week?), and he complained about having so much to do even though it was already evening (life of a creative, I tell you). Femi talked about all the works he had to finish and the nasty headache that was currently attacking him, posing a threat to his productivity.
I could relate. I mean we all can relate, can't we? At one point in time, we all have been Femi. So much going on, so much work to do, deadlines to meet, and that ever present nasty headache that only ever shows up the day you're swarmed with work.
So I said to him, 'try to relax' and he says the very obvious 'I can't'.
I understand Femi. I understand why you couldn't relax, I understand the guilt you would have felt if you actually put your work away to take a break when you had deadlines to meet, I understand the restlessness that would've accompanied you thereby defeating the whole purpose of you putting your work in the first place, and it's because of that understanding I got inspired to make this post.
Today, I'd like for us all to learn how to tap into our inner Zen. Zen is a state of calmness and an attitude of acceptance.
While writing, I tend to be as calm as possible because the truth is forced work is wack work. It doesn't matter who you are, anything you force, never comes out the way you'd like. It may not be trash but you would definitely notice it being below par.
So how do we tap into our Zen? How do we work with intuition rather than forced conscious effort?
Early Morning meditations work. If you've got a long day ahead, try waking up early and meditating at sunrise. There's something so peaceful about watching the sunrise and sunset that keeps you grounded for the rest of the day.
If you begin to feel like you're burning out, stop whatever you may be doing at the time and take a walk. The sun's rays on your skin, nature's breeze stroking your cheek, the steady rhythm of your feet on the ground, believe me when I say nothing is better.
Per chance, you're not in a position to go for a walk? Try a cup of relaxing hot beverage. Ah Mira! How can something hot be relaxing? Well it is. Whether it's green tea or just your regular tea or even coffee, the feeling of your insides getting warmed up is unarguably good.
Listen to relaxing music and practice breathing exercises. At this point, relaxing music is purely based on your interpretation. Personally, I find classical music and Jazz to be highly relaxing. So couple those with breathing exercises (finding a steady rhythm for your breathing) and you find yourself calm.
There you have it. Different ways we could tap into our Zen. Femi don't try to kill yourself again, just try out these tips.