Guess what? It's possible to do both -- stay focused on the task at hand and take care of yourself -- at the same time. And it's ridiculously easy. And no one will ever know.
I just learned this amazing Brain Gym technique from someone I met (thanks, Dorothy!) and I can't believe how well it works. Here's what you do:
Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth, and hold it for 2 minutes.
You do have to find the right place to push. To find it, you can either:
- Try a few different ones till you find it by trial and error, noticing when you feel the rush, or
- Suck your thumb for a second. Where your thumb pushes against the roof of your mouth is the right place.
I tried it a few times yesterday, including lying in bed. And when I was lying there, quite still, I could actually feel the subtle rush. This morning, I did it while I was walking, and I swear, it didn't take 2 minutes. I suppose, like any else, the more you practice it, the easier and quicker the response, as you will have developed neural pathways to support it.