With so much out of our control these days, there are some things over which we do have control - like cleaning your sink. This might sound trivial in today's times, but sometimes it's in the little things that we find solace.
Thanks to COVID I, like you, have been spending a lot of time at home. I start to notice things that I didn't notice when I was rushing around to get to a meeting, or I was too depleted at the end of day to do anything about it.
For me, I simply can't stand a dirty sink, particularly in my bathroom. I used to overlook it, and think ah I'll let our cleaning woman get that when she comes. But while I waited, I would look at the dried toothpaste or water spots and think how much I hated a dirty sink.
Then I thought, I could actually wipe out the sink myself after I use it? What a novel (and obvious) idea! So, I started keeping a cloth next to the sink, and now wipe it down every time I use it.
But I didn't stop there. I clean out my husband's side of the sink too! Taking action on something that bothers me, even something trivial like that, gives me a sense of clarity and pride.
Just 30 seconds to a clear mind. We all have that capacity to take control over the small things. I know author Steven Covey says, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," but sometimes taking charge of the small stuff can lead to us feeling more in control of the big stuff.
With so much clutter in our lives between COVID, elections, unrest, fear and all the anxiety that goes along with it, sometimes it takes a simple act to empower us - To feel clarity, relief and safe.
Professional organizer and founder of Clean, Chic, and Centered, Cristina Sigurdson, has the "3 C's Methodology" program to help you take control of your environment - C.U.T. (clarify, unite, trim), Create (build new habits) and Change. Sometimes in order to change what's inside of us, we have to start by changing what's outside of us.
Mindfulness is the act of being present. Choosing to clean my sink in the present moment that I think of it instead of waiting for sometime in the future takes a little load off, and creates a lighter sense of being overall.
Benjamin Franklin said, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Allowing things in your life to build up will cause you to feel more buried in the chaos of your life than you already do.
So, look around. What simple task, activity or behavior can you do or change today that will fill you with just a little bit of inner-peace. A little can go a long way.
Want more clarity, calm and relief in your life? Check out our new Lighter Being online mindfulness video series. It's the kickstart you need to help you find more balance and joy in your life. Click HERE to learn more.
Also...stay tuned for details on a collaborative training webinar in January 2021 with Live Free Yoga, organizer Cristina Sigurdson and Mindset Coach Damian Nordmann. Learn to find sustainable clarity, stability and success from the inside-out.
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Author, Phyllis Smith, is the Co-founder and CEO of Live Free Yoga, which provides yoga and mindfulness programs for youth and adults who serve them. She is also the co-creator of Lighter Being, a transformative mindfulness video series to help you find more balance and achieve a lighter sense of being.