We all have times in our lives when we feel so busy that we forget about self-care. This week has been an endless list of things to do, places to go and deadlines to meet. When our lives feel hectic we must take some time to ourselves and have some mindful moments. Mindfulness is about being attentive of how we feel and taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. We can get so wrapped up in everything that is going on around us that we fail to enjoy what the present moment has to offer.
Mindful breathing – Before you get out of bed in the morning take a few moments to set the tone for your day. Say some positive affirmations to yourself – ‘today is going to be a good day; I am motivated. ’ During your day take a few moments to stop what you are doing and take some deep breaths. Focusing on our breathing brings us back to the present moment, helps us to slow down and regain our focus.
Exercise – Just 30 minutes of exercise each day can do wonders for our mind and body. When we exercise, the brain produces endorphins, which triggers the ‘feel good’ feeling in the body. Endorphins boost our mood and make us feel happier. Working out can also improve energy levels, which can lead to an increase in productivity.
Take a bath – A warm soothing bath helps to relax all of the muscles in our body. It offers a feeling of escape from the world around us for a couple of moments. Spending time to focus on ourselves can bring clarity to the present moment. Having a bath before bed can help you to drift more easily into a restful sleep, as you feel more relaxed.
Switch off – Learn to be more present in the moment and switch off from technology. Technology can be a big distraction to our daily activities. Try to pay more attention to what is going on around you. Solitude is hard to find in an always-connected world, but at least trying to disconnect can help us to feel more focused.
Rest – In a perfect world we should be having around 8 hours of sleep every night. When we are well rested, we feel better equipped to handle life’s challenges. Make sure you prioritise time to rest. To ensure that you are getting the right amount of rest, have a cut-off time at which you stop working. Allow yourself enough time to wind down and rest.
Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in your day. Taking a few moments to take care of yourself prevents burn-out.