10 steps to de-stress

This one’s for my Sanad family members & anyone stressed!

  1. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Swarmed with projects prepping for a certain.. “Grand Opening?” Is your internet slow? Are you hot? It’s hot today in Ottawa. I know how you feel. You want to cry. OK so maybe we experience stress differently, but I wanted to cry. And I did and I felt some relief. Alhamdulilah.
  2. Step away from your workspace. Get up and wash your face with cooling water. Perform wudu. It will cool your fire and dampen your nerves.
  3. Take 10 mindful breaths. Inhale deeply. Exhale Fully.
  4. Make 10 mindful salawats. Imagine the Prophet ﷺ receiving each one. Smile.
  5. Now listen with your heart to the Prophet’s reply ﷺ. Wow!
  6. Come back to your workspace; if it’s a mess, take a few minutes to clean it. You don’t have to deep clean it, just declutter it a bit. A clear space before you reflects in you a clear mind.
  7. Eat a banana. Bananas normalize the heartbeat and send oxygen to your brain –
    but then so does breathing, so please don’t stress about not having any bananas to eat to reduce your stress. That’s just ridiculous.
  8. Trust God. Whatever you do, whatever you end up not finishing, it’s going to be OK. Just remember, God is the cause and brings about the effect. Our work is just out of adab.
  9. Aim for excellence not perfection.
  10. And lastly ask for ease. There are those who work for God, and then there are those who work for God with God by their side.
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I have this problem.

Personal advice from Sheikha Maryam

I have this problem. I’m very delusional. I daydream often. I like to escape reality and construct my own world. How can I stay grounded in the Real, in Presence? Is there a thikir or mantra I can say to help me?

Sheikha Maryam: “La illaha illa Allah... But it’s not what you say it’s how you say it, with force and from your heart & soul to get you to the purpose of that thikir.

Another thikir to say is A’otho billahi min ashaytan arrajeem, to get rid of the illusion, to get rid of the bad, and to then start fresh with what is good and what is Real, Bismillah arRahman arRaheem.

It’s like wiping away the time-consuming daydream from my heart and saying Hello God, welcome back. You’re the only thing that is Real.

How true was it when the Prophet ﷺ transmitted God’s word: Everything is fading and meant to deteriorate, except the face of your Lord. (Quran 55: 25-26).

La ilaha illa Allah has an incredible effect of breaking all the false images and false idols in the heart. Whenever I say it I feel like the Holy Prophet Ibrahim (AS) smashing the idols: the false constructed images of myself, my ego, the people I seek to impress, this phone, this obsession, this life which tries to make a god out of anything. But no, only One. Only One. None but Him. No god but God. It really works! I need to keep it active on my tongue for it to manifest truly in my heart. Amen.