Unwind, gently

In our fast-paced life, it is important to pause, stretch, observe, play, and also unwind - to live the life we want

Learn to pause... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

- Doug King

Unwind gentlyFrom the time the morning alarm propels you like a meteor in space, till the time you senselessly hit the sack, you go through the paces of everyday life, coping with bills, deadlines, traffic, inflamed knees, and bruised egos.

While you deal with the demands of home and work, your muscles get overworked. Your brain feels as if all network stations have jammed, leaving you feeling "dead" tired at the end of the day. You are agitated, irritated and short-tempered, and this does no good for your physical and mental wellbeing.

It is time you got yourself into a relaxed and peaceful mode, or state.

In other words, the next time your mind stalls and you find yourself getting frustrated, you'll be in a better position to practice the following and in control of things:

Pause

  • When you feel that you can no longer concentrate, let go
  • Move away from whatever you are doing, sit on a chair, ground your feet and place your hands on your knees
  • Close your eyes
  • Breathe deeply and consciously for a few minutes
  • Feel the energy flowing from the ground up to your feet and the rest of your body
  • Open your eyes slowly
  • Get up from the chair and walk around.

You are already relaxing!

S-t-r-e-t-c-h

  • Walk around and stretch your legs
  • Reach with your arms high up in the air and s-t-r-e-t-c-h
  • Bend down to touch your toes
  • S-t-r-e-t-c-h as you bend sideways from the waist
  • Gently rotate your neck
  • Wiggle your toes.

You will feel the tension ebb away from your muscles. As your body stretches and loosens up, so will your mind.

Observe

Look around and alert your senses to whatever is going on around you. Now -

  • See the environment with new eyes, taking in the details of the floor, the weave of the curtains, or the colour of the walls
  • Listen to the music playing quietly in the background
  • Feel the smoothness of the pen in your hand and the roughness of the paper
  • Breathe in the freshness of air and/or the smell of freshly ground coffee.

A sense of increased awareness will envelop you. You will feel calm and focused. You may actually find that you are smiling.

Now, that you have paused, you are ready to play once again, smoothly and without stalling. You return to the task on hand with a relaxed mind, and increased attentiveness.

A constant attempt to rejuvenate both mind and body during the work hours is also just as essential. It helps you, and since we believe in the cascading effect of things, i.e., how one good thing leads to another [or, vice versa], it also helps all those who interact with you, or you interact with.

Instead of a highly stressed, overwrought and coiled mass at the end of the day, you are now like a gentle unwinding spring of energy, relaxed, and in control of yourself.

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Abha Iyengar
 Abha Iyengar is an internationally published author, poet, editor and British Council certified creative writing facilitator. Her story, The High Stool, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. She won the Lavanya Sankaran fellowship in 2009-2010. She was a finalist in the FlashMob 2013 Flash Fiction contest. Her published works are Yearnings, Shrayan, Flash Bites, Many Fish to Fry and The Gourd Seller and Other Stories.

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