“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – Viggo Mortensen
I’m all about helping clients to find sustainable tools to add to their personal ‘health toolbox’. This is the second in my Stress Management Tools series – where I share some of these tips and tricks with you. Little things you can add to your daily life that make a difference over time. You can find the first article here.
Making small, incremental changes over time can dramatically improve your health!
We know this stuff isn’t difficult.
But, just because it’s not difficult doesn’t mean it’s easy. Just as you schedule time to exercise in your diary, so too, should you schedule ‘time out’ for you…
Enter the ‘Notice + Shift + Rewire’ (N+S+R) Technique
This little 3-step practice is the brain-child of Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp, authors of ‘Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing‘.
N+S+R is a remarkably effective way to be more present in the moment and just settle your chatty mind.
It’s one of those neat little exercises that you can do anywhere. And, it’s super quick, too. You don’t need to find a quiet place to meditate for a fixed period of time. Rather, you can practice N+S+R while you’re loading the dishwasher, sitting on the bus, in the shower…
I do it when I’m oil pulling of a morning. I find it helpful to attach N+S+R to another activity as a personal reminder for me to actually do it.
How do you N+S+R?
The ‘notice’ (N) step – arguably the hardest step – is the act of becoming aware of where your mind is at a given moment in time. Bonus points if you can actually catch your critical inner voice in action.
The ‘shift’ (S) step is where you choose to shift your attention to the now; to be in the present moment. This is a simple process of bringing your attention to some object of focus that resonates for you – the breath is a popular choice (it’s always with us, after all). But, you can use a sensory response – touch, sight, smell, sound, even taste.
The ‘rewire’ (R) step is where the magic happens. Spend 20 seconds or so really engaging with whatever you’re focusing your attention on. Notice everything you can about it. You’re creating new neural pathways!
That’s it! It’s that easy. And, it literally taskes seconds.
Changing the channel on your thinking can have a profound effect on how you manage stress over time. You just have to remember to do it…
Do you think you can add N+S+R to your health toolbox?
Check out the first in the Stress Management Tools series – Legs Up The Wall!