As I write this post today, my mind is awash with ideas for blog posts, courses, and an exciting monthly membership package I am SO excited to be preparing (more details to follow)

There are SO many things I want to do, not to mention all the cool things I am keen to do in my personal life!

It can feel SO overwhelming I sometimes feel like all I want to do is give up and go and work in my local supermarket where all I have to do is scan things through a till and smile at people.

This urge doesn’t tend to last for long, but there is a lesson to be learned from the checkout staff at the local supermarket.

You don’t see the person scanning your weekly shopping trying to scan it all at once, do you?

He or she doesn’t try to also restock the shelves in the shop while serving you.

They aren’t trying to serve 5 customers at the same time!

They do one item at a time, one job at a time, once customer at a time.

Step By Step

The training course I was guided through on my Yoga teacher training was called Step by Step.  It took us, in a methodical way, through the steps we needed to work through to be able to gain maximum benefits from our yoga practice.

For example, you cannot relax fully until you learn to still the mind and let go of tension in the body.

It is impossible to do some of the more advanced pranayamas until you have expanded the capaity of the lungs and learned the basic pranayamas.

You have to understand the Yamas and the Niyamas to truly understand Yoga.

We had to learn these things in a slow, step by step fashion.

Just the next….

If your task seems to hard to face, don’t look at the whole task.

Ask yourself ‘What is the ONE next thing I need to do?’, and do that, and ONLY that until it is done.

Then repeat the question.

If your day seems to hard to bear, break it down and focus on getting through the next minute, breath by breath if you have to.

As Caitlin Moran said in her beautiful, much shared letter to the teenage girls her writing inspires

You will never, in your life, ever have to deal with anything more than the next minute

One minute at a time, one task at a time, one breath at a time.

This is how you beat stress!

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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