Life’s been tough lately.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so extremely grateful for all the incredible opportunities that I receive, and people that I meet – but right now, life’s really just getting on top of me.
I try and live an extremely positive lifestyle and maintain a positive frame of mind (and most of the time I do) it’s just that lately – it’s just been getting too much.
For the last few days I’ve been sick with a stomach bug, and been stuck in bed. Funnily enough, this has actually been a good thing. Why? Because it’s given me a moment to stop, and rest – something I just haven’t made time to do lately.
At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that I would make more time for me, so that I would be able to have the positive energy to help others. And now that it’s coming up to the end of the year, and life has gotten busier and busier; I seem to have lost touch with myself, and making time for me.
Whilst I’ve been stuck in bed, I’ve developed a list of things that I am going to make time to do (for me), starting now and continuing into 2017.
WEEKLY YOGA / PILATES CLASSES
At the beginning of the year I was attending yoga and pilates classes at least twice a week, every week.
I mainly started them for rehab from my knee reconstruction, and gradually found that attending these classes regularly was SO GOOD for my mental health. Now, as the year has gone on, and life has gotten a little ahead of me; I have missed these classes.
From the research I have done, and from personal experience, I feel that yoga and/or pilates is a really important form of exercise for anyone, especially those who are needing to take some time out from their hectic lifestyles.
DAILY WALKS / RUNS
Going for a walk or run each day has turned into a must for me.
I either like walking on my own, with my Mum or friends. Because I do F45 in the mornings, I generally go for my walks in the afternoons and have a good debrief on the day. No matter how tired or unmotivated I am, I always ensure I get my butt into gear and go for a quick walk or run.
LIGHTING A CANDLE
This one may seem super simple, but it’s something that I enjoy doing most evenings.
If I’ve had a busy day, or arrived home in a rush, I like to light a few candles around the house to set a relaxing scene, and have the house smell nice too! At the moment I am loving the range by Maison Blanche, and Palm Beach. This is something I want to regularly add into my evening routine.
BREATHING AND MEDITATION
Practising breathing and meditation regularly is super important for me, and even more so on the days where I’m feeling a little stressed.
I generally practice the breathe in for 5, out for 5 method – 5 times. Often I will do this twice over as well, depending on how I feel.
Yesterday I made myself an affirmation jar.
For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, an affirmation jar is filled with loads of positive quotes and affirmations. The idea is that you read one each morning, and have that affirmation as a focus for your day ahead. I intend to read my daily affirmation each morning before I start my day, in order to (hopefully) make my days positive and fulfilled!
I used to read alllllllll the time.
In fact, I remember when I was younger I would make lists each year of all the books I had read, and each year I would try and beat my previous tally. This year, I just haven’t read as much as I would have liked to – and I know it’s something that I really enjoy.
At the moment I’m reading Dr Libby Weaver’s book, Women’s Wellness Wisdom, which is all about teaching women more about their bodies and how to practice holistic techniques that will drive a healthier lifestyle.
Being unwell this week has taught me a couple of things:
1. That it’s okay to take time out for you to rest and recover. Life still goes on, which means that having a few days off work and other commitments, isn’t the end of the world.
2. That it’s important to always take time out for yourself, in order to not burn out. It’s important to take half an hour each day to meditate, or go for a walk or run. And it’s important to develop some routine techniques that you know will help you de-stress and unwind.
What are ways in which you take time out for yourself?