You may be a natural transitioner, and not even realize it.
I’ll explain more about what transitioning is and give you 5 different ways you can start taking advantage of the calm focus it provides.
Transitioning is when you take the time to decompress your mind and body, then after you feel some relaxation and a bit of wakefulness to the brain again, you recharged and can now acclimate yourself into whatever else is next that you want to do.
Melody Granger – Professional Organizer
People transition between work mode and home mode. Have you ever walked into the house and heard or said “I need to relax for a minute before I can do ____ (fill in the blank). I used to take 10 minutes of transition time every single day I came home from work (or shopping!). It’s also called decompressing. Getting your next wind. Clearing your mind. Regrouping.
Transitions are a pause so you can flow with more fluidity into the next phase. You can think of it as coming down from one thing by pausing to release and shift into the next gear. Then you’ll have more energy and better focus when you begin to do the next thing.
If you take a while to warm up in the mornings and get going, like I do, then you probably slowly transition into the flow of go-mode.
What happen’s when you give yourself transition time, is that you release any uptightness, stress, or tension that has built up in your body over a period of time that you were focused on completing something.
Here are 5 different ways you can practice transitioning, so you’re running at a more optimal mode:
#1. You can lay flat on the floor for 10 minutes, or get into your bed. Close your eyes and relax one part of your body at a time. You’ve reached transition mode when your body begins to release tension and relax. You may even be tempted to go into a deep sleep. But, don’t do that! Unless you’ve pushed your body hard and it needs some healing time.
#2. Swing on a porch swing. Or in a chair hammock. Between the lulling of the swing and being out in nature, your central nervous system starts feeling soothed. Frazzled nerves and anxiety gets reduced. Just listen to the sounds of nature so your brain can relax.
#3. Go for a leisurely but slightly brisk walk. This will help pump up your good endorphins and pump away cortisol. Keep the cortisol pumping out of your system. Again, notice things outside yourself, like beautiful sights that catch your attention. When you return from your walk, take a moment to sit inside and acclimate to the indoors. Then, go get busy on whatever it is you need to do next.
#4. Take a break in your chair – you may be in between clients or errands and need a quick break…a pause…a transition. In this case, put on your sunglasses, recline your seat, close your eyes and you may notice that slightly good feeling burning sensation in your eyes as they relax and you may notice how your breathing feels in your body…like getting deeper as if you could totally go to sleep! You’re probably tired. You can do this transition sitting straight up, too, if you’re at a desk. I’m doing it right now between writing sentences! 🙂 Except, I don’t have my sunglasses on and no one is looking at me.
#5. Calm the space you’re about to be working in. Take a moment to focus on what you’re about to do. Completely clean and tidy up your workspace. Now you are in transition mode – calming the space. Ahhhhh…. take a moment to breathe it in. Then get to work!
Do you practice pausing and transitioning between activities so you’re more relaxed and focused? I’d love to hear how you do transitions.