Here is a quick, simple way to get present when you are caught up in your thoughts & feelings (i.e worried, overwhelmed, distracted, frustrated...). It’s a way to get out of your mind (where all of the chatter is created) and into your senses (where life is experienced).
It's also a way to develop genuine confidence. Confident people are engaged people. They are present & focused on the task at hand, whether it’s having a conversation, taking photos, or running a meeting.
This mindfulness exercise is found in The Reality Slap by Russ Harris, MD. Try it when you need to pause or "hit the reset button." Kids love this one too!
Drop The Anchor
Push your feet hard onto the floor and straighten your spine.
As you do this, take a slow, deep breath.
(Hint from me: Push all of the air out of your belly)
Look around and notice 5 things you can see.
Listen carefully and notice 3 or 4 things you can hear.
Notice where you are and what you are doing.
Then go back to what you were doing and fully engage in the task at hand. Dropping anchor can help you stay present and grounded even in the midst of an emotional storm.
Try this at least three times today.