It’s week 4 of the 10-week Fall Joy List, and today’s prompt falls in the “so, so, ridiculously-easy” designation. It takes all of 30 seconds. Ready for it?
1. Sit or lay in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
2. Take a deep breath in and out, and think about the smell of a freshly-baked pumpkin pie. (If you don’t like pumpkin pie, feel free to sub in an apple pie or chocolate chip cookies or a loaf of sourdough bread coming out of a wood-fired oven….you get the idea.)
3. Take another breath in and out and imagine sinking your teeth into a crisp, juicy apple. (I can just hear the satisfying crack of the skin and feel the juice dribbling onto my chin.)
4. Take a final breath in and out and imagine the sound of walking on crunchy leaves. (Or jumping in a pile, I’m not judging!)
|Slowly open your eyes when you’re ready. How do you feel? You might be reading this and thinking it sounds way too simple to make a real difference, but taking a pause for a visioning exercise like this promotes relaxation which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and improves other symptoms caused by stress, like headaches. All by thinking about pumpkin pie. Brings a new meaning to “easy as pie” doesn’t it? So, why not take 30 seconds to try it? Then reply to let me know how it goes.|
See you next week for Week 5 of the Fall Joy List!