When our minds race so rapidly that we don't know which way is "up," it often helps to get physical. It may seem ironic, but it works. As you focus your energy on a physical task, the "traffic" in your mind will begin to thin out.
- Go for a walk.
- Run up and down a set of stairs, or hit the treadmill, if you have one handy.
- Dig in the garden, play with the dog, or wash a floor.
- Wherever you are, stop for three minutes of push-ups, sit-ups, or jumping jacks.
- At work, shoot a few baskets (into the wastebasket) or sprint down to the corner café pick up that latte or lunch.
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A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.