Remember today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

Quote by Dale Carnegie

As a teacher, at the beginning of new terms or even on a Sunday evenings getting the ‘fear’ is not uncommon. Something about standing on the edge of a new week can seem rather daunting. For some, it means another week of demands, overwhelming task and the race of life – chasing that never ending ‘to-do’ list. Of course the ‘fear’ isn’t just a teacher or student concept – the ‘fear’ is inclusive to the entire human race. Sadly.

During exam periods I always encourage my pupils to books several big events during the revision / exam period – it gives a positive focus to what can seem like a never ending carousel of post-its, essay practise, and highlighting sentences. This year one of my high anxiety pupils booked a concert, a meal with friends (no revision cards allowed) and her Mum booked her a ‘surprise weekend’ which turned out to be some well needed family time at Centre Parks.

When I first became a Mummy on maternity leave I realised that I would quickly need a similar recipe for success and sanity. Money was an issue, so instead I treated myself to smaller treats like ‘posh teas’ and made sure I had time to drink them hot (oh the luxury). I used cooing visitors or close family to have bubble baths and silly treats of time mainly to straighten my hair, paint my nails or frankly just sit alone with a book or just to daze out of the window. I guess in some respect this post is a similar message to my last post found here, which is about prioritising yourself.

However, this week I want to take that message one step further – to creating moments of joy in the humdrum of life. To planning family time that units all members and to crucially prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed.

If you look at many of the people winning at life, from Oprah to Louise Haye meditation is key to their mental well being and subsequent happiness and success. I recently embarked on an 8 week mindfulness course. Many of the aspects of the course I found unhelpful – either because I already do them or chewing a raisin for twenty minutes just doesn’t seem to resonate with me. I signed up for the course because I was keen to increase and perfect my meditation practise. My instructor gave us a CD full of mediations of different time spans and contents, but I have always found youtube to be an awesome source of led meditation (if thats your thing). I have a few favourites that motivate, chill or empty my mind. During the course I was foolishly waiting for the moment when I had perfected my meditation process and could leave proudly announcing to the world that ‘I can meditate’ and hold my certificate proudly…only to discover that its a daily working progress and you can’t actually meditate incorrectly. In essence for non-meditating readers; you focus on your breathe and try to stop your mind from wondering off…at the start its a little bit like supermarket shopping with a toddler, with practise you learn that online shopping is best for all and that popping in to Waitrose for some milk and bread is your maximum capacity. You become comfortable in your own skin, head and letting go seems to flow much easier. What they don’t warn you is that is highly addictive and the sense of well being that it can give you is exactly the same as when your child reaches the age where you can monthly shop with them and ACTUALLY enjoy their company.

If you have never tried it – you’re wrong. Ive never met anyone who hasn’t driven somewhere like on a daily commute to work and upon arrival can’t remember the journey. Or perhaps read a book and become so enthralled in the characters and plot that you’ve lost track of time, although not ‘strictly’ meditation these events are extremely similar. Escaping your current reality and the demands of the world and freeing your mind – even just for a few minutes.

The evidence for this practise is abundant and a quick google will put any logical mind at ease. However, if you are someone that resonates with the quote above about worry dominating your life, or perhaps every now and then anxiety pops around for an unexpected cuppa and stays way too long, or you just can’t remember when you last enjoyed the now, the today and the present and instead your mind is busy analysing the ‘what ifs’ of tomorrow, then I promise making a few minutes before you fall asleep and listening to a guided meditation will be the best gift you gave yourself.


 

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18 thoughts on “Remember today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

  1. I have wanted to try meditation for a while. My cousin is a reiki practitioner an she always encourages it. I really could use some time to ‘escape ‘ at the moment so this seems like the perfect chance to try it. ##TriumphantTales

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  2. I was never very good at meditation because I thought you had to sit cross legged on the floor and think of nothing. Well, I can’t even cross my legs anymore so that’s out! I do like guided meditation though and listen just before going to sleep, often falling asleep, but that doesn’t really matter. One thing that has always bothered me is driving somewhere and not remembering the journey.
    #sundaysmiles

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  3. I do a 5 minute guided meditation every morning while the house is still quiet. It’s short but it puts me in the right head space to start my day. If I skip a day or two I really notice the difference and things get in top of me so much more.
    #SundaySmiles

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  4. This is such a great post!! When I looked into mindfulness and meditation as a way to better cope with my anxiety I was surprised at how much I already did ! #DreamTeam

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  5. Sometimes we need a reminder of the positives in our lives and focus on them rather than the daily grind #triumphanttales

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  6. I love this quote, and it’s certainly one to remember when tricky or stressful times are upon us. We all did mindfulness classes at work (how lucky are we) and it was interesting to see how much or little individuals came away with. I love the idea of popping in treats every so often during exams times, what a great trick to remember for the future. #DreamTeam

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  7. I love this quote and really needed it one-day last week when I was super anxious about an event I was attending – I didn’t need to worry about it at all! I think meditation may help my anxiety. Food for thought for me and something I’m going to look in to. Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales – hope to see you again on Tuesday!

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    1. No worries x if you want me to send you some of my favs, let me know Hun. YouTube has plenty to use. Of course your event went well – you’re amazing, how could it not go right xxx

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  8. I love this quote. I also try meditation when I can and it really helps my stress levels and anxiety #dreamteam

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  9. My goodness. This really speaks to me. I’m in a really bad place right now, mindfully, and this sounds like something I really need to do. Sorry for the late commenting. It’s been like that.
    #sundaysmiles

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    1. Thats ok, late to the party is better than missing the party. You’ll love my new post this week also then. It takes this a step further Hun. Take care of you and recharge. Life is precious

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