The Power of a 3 Minute Pause to Bring More Balance
I’ve often marvelled at how much I can get done in the morning in the literally three minutes my porridge is in the microwave. From tidying, packing lunch, getting dressed for the day, sorting piles of paperwork, putting on loads of washing. I feel so accomplished in the space of a simple three minutes.
I attended an event recently themed around ‘wellness’ and the tea company T2 provided delicious samples. One of their training representatives spoke about the power of mindfulness and what this has to do with tea. I was so drawn to his words. He put a whole new spin on the power of three minutes for me – an opportunity for mindfulness, for using and engaging all of your senses. He said that quite often when we are rushing around being ‘busy’ in our days we are only engaging with one of senses. We get stuck in one modality and become numb to what else is going on around us. Simply using the three minutes it takes to make a cup of tea can really become more of a practice of shifting into the modalities of feeling, seeing, smelling, hearing…
And I just loved this principle! I know from the work I do in my own life and with my clients that being able to engage the brain in as many ways as possible gives it the language and capacity to create what it is we want to experience in life. I often work with clients to move them into ‘feeling’ language as we spend so much time stuck in left-brain analysis mode. Both powerful parts of the brain, the point is that to fully experience life we must fully engage all parts.
The T2 spoke through the ritual of tea making and how you really can create a sense of calmness and mindfulness in your day. It doesn’t have to take long and it really can be regenerating for your energy. It’s about stopping your brain and switching off ‘speedy’ to bring more calmness, and sanity to simply reflect.
When our lives have been stuck on autopilot busy go-go-go mode for so long, reading about stress reduction techniques, or how to bring more work-life balance into your life can feel more overwhelming. At least that’s how I used to feel! The thought of yet another checklist of things I ‘had to do’ before I could feel calm, or relaxed, just added more pressure. So I’d put it off and avoid the change. Inevitably that would mean I kept doing the same thing over and over again (the ‘busy’) and of course my results stayed the same.
Breaking down huge big tasks into management steps and mini, easy actions has been one of the most instrumental criteria in bringing more calm into my life. The question I refer to often, when feeling stuck:
What’s the easiest thing I could do right now?
You see when we’re busy and burnt out we’re also not thinking clearly. We’re murky. Giving ourselves permission to choose the next easiest thing creates movement. With movement comes clarity. Coming back to the ritual of tea, what I love most about this simple act is that we can find something easy to do and immediately feel rewarded. A three minute tea-making ceremony to get you out of your ‘funk’ could bring wonders of clarity to the next task.
How else could you create mini rituals in your life?
The more space you’ve created to stop, pause and decompress, means you are more free and clear when focusing on the bigger more challenging tasks ahead.
What is one thing you could choose to focus on this week to give yourself the power of a three-minute pause?