Taking A Step Back

Life recently

Life has recently been passing me by so quickly, it feels like yesterday I was saying happy new year to my husband and making our 2015 plans, but now it’s June and I cannot believe we are half way through the year. I look back on my entire year and I have come so far, I have achieved so much, I have done so much, I feel like I am getting into a really good place with my mental health, my emotions, with only a few anxiety blips in my year but I know that my future  is only getting brighter.

Time for me

Self care is so important and recently I’ve been finding ways in which to relax, express my feelings and just enjoy time for myself, and there are so many different ways that I learn to relax my mind and I’m going to walk through some of the things that I absolutely adore to do to be able to relax.

1. Yoga

I’ve been doing yoga for a long time now, I absolutely adore the way it makes my body feel, how it can change my body and allow me to be more flexible, and how I can feel my body move in various different poses.

If you would like to get started start by looking at Sun Salutations, they’re a brilliant way to get started, or if you want to try to do a video, log onto YouTube and type in yoga workout, there will be lots of different types so if you haven’t done a yoga workout before type in beginner, that way you won’t be thrown in at the deep end by doing a headstand, take it nice and slowly, listen to your body.

2. spending time with loved ones

When you’re ridiculously busy, spending time with your love ones can be put on hold to make sure you have enough time to get your work done, try to find a few hours a week just to with the people you love. It can be something as simple as having a nice dinner together, or watching a movie, or even just going out for a long walk.

Life is all about balance, work and family life can be difficult but remember tome for you is also important too, don’t ever forget that.

3. Pamper yourself

There is nothing I love more than putting a face mask on, painting my nails, and having a massage to chill out. It is the best feeling when all you have to do is sit there peacefully. Currently I am using my fabulous Oz Naturals Hydration Mask to help me relax, usually in the evening when you’re stressed out with everything you’ve done for the day at work.

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Back in April I also wrote a guest post about “me” time for Beth cowheartgirl so this could be beneficial to you too:

‘Every day when you’re going working hard, you get stuck in a rut, you feel like you’re on auto pilot you’re that busy you forget to take time for yourself. The weekends going so quickly, Sunday night comes around and bam it’s back to work and you telling yourself I’m so busy that I feel like I need more hours in the day to get everything done.

It is way too easy to turn around and say, when you leave work, your work stays at work, however, when we have internet connections at a drop of a hat, it takes a few seconds to check your emails, or you think you’ve forgotten to do something at work and then you’re back in work mode. I guess this can be due to the fact that we work harder to make sure all targets are met, so that you can keep a job during this tough economic time.

Why do people not take enough “me” time during the day? Sometimes people don’t take me time because they’re too busy, they feel guilty for when they do take time for themselves because they think they should be working to make sure they have everything done and ready for the next day or they feel like they’re being selfish for taking the time that they genuinely need.

You should never ever feel guilty for taking some time for you, because to be able to properly function everyday we need to make sure that we recharge our batteries ready for the next day.

You are worthy of having time for yourself, you not only deserve this special time but it’s important for your own well being. When we don’t have that time for ourselves we end up getting snappy at the people we love, constantly tired because we don’t have chance to recharge and overwhelmed by the amount we have to do during the week.

So, what can we do to make sure we just take a few minutes to focus on us, rather than worry about everything we need to do, what we have to do to make sure that we are ready for the next working day?

The first thing to remember is that there is always going to be 24 hours in a day and as much as we might want more to get everything done, it isn’t going to happen, so to work with what we have we need to make sure that we plan well and take on what we can do, and not everything. There is only so much one person can ever do, don’t ever forget that.

Find 15 – 30 minutes a day of time where you can just relax, but it’s important to remember that when we’re doing something we love, following a passion that you enjoy, people feel happier and more relaxed. During this time we can de-stress, calm, relax and above all clear our head of the working day.

At the beginning of the week look at what you have planned, whether you have meetings in the afternoon, when you can go home, what you have to do, and fit in some time for you.

Ask for help, don’t think that it is a sign of weakness by asking for help, even if it means help with cooking dinner at home or even making a cup of tea when you come in the door.

Change your view on taking time out. When you start to feel like you’re being selfish by taking time for yourself, remind yourself that in the long run, you are doing this so you can excel at your daily activities and at work.

Take a step back, figure out what time you’re going to take time out for you, it could be when you’ve had your first cup of tea coming through the door after work, or it could be when you run a nice hot bath ready for bed, or when you take some time to read a good book. Self care doesn’t mean you’re selfish.

Look at what you do during your entire day, time table everything you can and look at what you’re doing that is wasting a lot of time, for example could it be that you’re doing everyone else’s job rather than doing your own, or are you taking too much on that you just cannot do, or are you spending too much time talking rather than focusing on your work? Either way, take out the things that you don’t have to do all the time and fill it with the things that you need to do.’

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  1. 08/06/2015 / 4:30 pm

    You’re on the right path!! 🙂

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