I did this ONE thing and it boosted my energy
It didn’t add up.
I’m typically an early morning up-and-at-’em person but there was something different this morning. I felt a noticeable boost of euphoria and energy. I’m talking quite a bit more than usual. Ease, contentment, peace and aliveness flowed throughout my body as I drove my kids to school.
“How is this?” I wondered.
There was absolutely no logical reason that I should have felt this way. I did NONE of my typical morning practices: woke up extra early (4:15am), no mug of hot tea or coffee, didn’t exercise, didn’t meditate (yet)… so I had no idea what I did to generate this uplifted mood and energy surge. But I wanted to figure it out so I could hold onto this groove and do it again.
So how could this be? What could I possibly have done differently this morning?
Then I figured it out.
The answer emerged. It was so clear and evident and simple.
It wasn’t what I did that got me to that lovely state of being. It was what I wasn’t doing.
I wasn’t listening to the radio and leaving a voice text for a friend while handing over a smoothie to my preschooler plus navigating the road and sipping from my water bottle – all at the same time. I constantly multi-task. Thinking that it is efficient. That I’ll get more done in a short time. That I’ll get to everything on my to-do list today and not put it off tomorrow. That I’ll be super productive and accomplished.
Is that why I’ve been so incredibly stressed and spent lately? This trying-to-get-it-all-done-at-once strategy has turned into a habit. And into a challenge. Can I add one more thing to my multi-tasking? I began to reach my tipping point when I began to notice the increased constriction of my breath and my body and unusual mental fatigue at the end of the day. I also started to hear it in my voice when I’d snap an answer back to one of my kids.
If my brain is like my browser window, I have too many tabs open. Too many tasks vying for my attention. All scattering my brain, killing my RAM.
There’s plenty of research out there about the effects of multitasking on the brain. It’s actually claimed a myth. Our brain is incapable of multitasking. And doing so leads to exhaustion. And can potentially change or even damage the brain.
That doesn’t sound good.
So. I’m revisiting good old fashioned monotasking. One thing at a time. Which is what I was inadvertently doing this morning. I just drove the car. Felt the bumps of the pavement underneath the tires. Noticed the blur of trees passing by. The sound of my kids humming in the back seat. The sensation of my breath filling my abdomen.
It’s a quality of presence and profound way of being. If I’m focusing on what’s happening, I don’t feel agitated since I don’t perceive a request from one of my kids as an interruption to the three other things I’m trying to focus on. I’m not feeling frazzled and they get all of me, not a fraction of my attention.
We all win!
Best part? I not only feel much more focused and alert, I’m getting more done by doing just one simple thing at a time. Bonus!
Now onto closing all of those browser tabs…
Lora Lyons is on a mission to inspire, empower, dignify and celebrate all mothers on their parenting journey and is passionate about whole body health and nutrition.
As an entrepreneur and mom, she has first-hand experience of how easy it is to lose oneself inside the demands of a family. Her ground-breaking coaching program is based on her journey to regain her sense of calm and stay connected to herself, her husband and her children. Lora wants you to thrive and be the calm inside the chaos and fully appreciate your worth and value.
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