I've noticed how easy it is to get swept up in dramas this week. It's so easy to become heavily involved in situations that have nothing to do with me, how easily I can over stretch myself and how depleted I can feel without any any self care if I'm not careful. Between work, socialising, blogging, exercising, and staying connected to friends around the world I get to the end of the week feeling so wreaked it takes me two days to recover. . . and that's if you're lucky not to have anything pencilled in on the weekend too! Maybe you can relate? It's a crazy merry-go-round. It's kinda scary that breaking this cycle is much harder than getting into it in the first place. And it's tiring even thinking about it.
But sometimes things are unavoidable. It's difficult to scale back and live like a spiritual monk. Life happens, things happen, and for the most part it can be fun and exciting. Which is why I think it's important to balance these times so we don't get overwhelmed and life keeps us on our tip toes in the best possible way.
Top Tips for Self Care
For me the success of any week lies in the preparation. Not having to stress about what clothes I'm going to wear, what I will have for lunch or deciding if I should wash my hair the night before or not, all lead to a much smoother week. I live my Google Calendar. A must have for busy ladies. Think more composed and successful than a freaked out clumsy mess.
No matter what's going on in my week I always like a couple of minutes before bed to let my mind decompress. I usually take 30 minutes every night to remove my make up, sip camoille tea and to lay on my bed focusing on my breathing. I'll do my gratitude list in my head, say a prayer and hand the next day over to the Universe. It's also a technology free time too. Mentally unwinding is so important no matter if you're heading to bed at 10pm or 1am.
This is one I usually struggle with during the week but as busy as I am I pop outside every lunchtime to get some fresh air. It's important to drag ourselves away from the computer and take the luxury of walking around a park or open space. I sometimes get new ideas or fresh perspective. I calm down a lot more too and I feel less anxious on super busy days.
Take Time for Yourself
If you look after a family or even live with your partner you probably find yourself giving a lot of time to other people. By nature I love making people happy and can be guilty as charged with worrying and fussing too much about others. If you're the same then taking sometime for you each week is equally important. Whether it's getting your nails done, soaking in a bubble bath, taking a yoga/zumba/aerobic class, or sitting in peace to read a book, do something that make YOU happy every week. Everyone will benefit. If all else fails buy yourself some beautiful flowers and place on your desk or bed side table as a reminder of how you appreciate yourself.
Cash in on Holiday Time
It baffles me why so many of my colleagues skimp on taking their annual leave. I've booked out pretty much all of the holidays for this year, I think I have 2 days left! But some people I know nearly have all their leave sitting in a holiday bank waiting to be cashed in on. Make use of your holiday time. You've earnt it and it's good for your health and your productivity to refresh. It doesn't matter if you don't for abroad you can always take a mini trip at home or indulge in a staycation in the luxury of your own home. Nothing says holiday quite like watching midday tv in your pjs!
I'd love to hear from you darling. How do you devote time to your self-care each week? Or are you in need of a boost? Share away, I'm always open to tips :)