So I went to turn on my computer this morning and got the screen asking me which language I wanted. 😳 Clearly, not a good sign.
I clicked "English" as that was my only option because for a number of years in a row I failed to live up to my New Year's resolution to speak Spanish fluently. (I dropped that resolution years ago saving myself from failure. 😄) Having clicked "English," I was now at the Disk Utilities page - not good. Fingers crossed I could quickly fix the problem and get back to work.
But there it was...the sinking feeling that I hadn't backed up my computer in I don't know when and what if this wasn't going to be a quick and easy fix? 😱 I thought to myself, "What was I thinking? I know I should be backing up regularly. And now, I'm here feeling a little anxious about possibly losing my files. Ugh."
Feeling this rise in stress, I stopped and took a couple deep breaths to bring my mind back to calm. And I mentally noted that no matter what - it was all going to be just fine.
As a yoga practitioner and teacher, deep breaths are my go to as an instant game changer. Deep breaths create positive shifts in our bodies, moods and energy, reducing stress, the flight and fight response and bringing in mental clarity and ease. And from that place of calm and clarity, we are best able to tackle the day to day stressors of our very busy lives.
Unfortunately, stressful situations are ubiquitous. They include the mundane like the daily commute, job dissatisfaction and petty conflicts with our loved ones to major incidents like financial crisis and critical health challenges.
Thankfully, deep breaths can help us deal with the stressors and move through these tough spots. For me, those deep breaths helped me to reinstate calm and find clarity to work through my computer's reboot, thankfully without losing a single file. Whew!
At this very moment, I am backing up ALL my computer files. 😃 If you haven't backed up yours lately, I encourage you to do the same.
Today, I am adding a new New Year's resolution to my list: regularly back up computer files. I'm writing it down as "Back That Thang Up!"