We live in a world where everyone is so busy. We are surrounded with technology, people are on the go running from one task to the next and our minds are often mentally running through a to do list that is a mile long. We forget that it is so important to slow down and listen to your body. Life gets busy, but if you feel like busy is your ‘normal’ maybe there are some changes you could adopt.
Be kind to yourself
It is important that we don’t get too caught up on standards that we have set for ourselves. We tend to be kinder to others than we are with ourselves. We should be grateful for our bodies and all they do for us, we should be proud of all that we have achieved and do achieve every day.
Take a moment to pause. Before you move onto the next thing on your list, before that next meeting – take a moment to pause, sit on the floor, whether you are in your office, bedroom or lounge, somewhere you can be by yourself for a moment. Simply sit in stillness for a moment, bring the focus inwards and tune out from everything that is happening around you. Notice the ground beneath you, supporting you, as you come back to the present moment.
Take a moment to notice your breath, the inhale and exhale. You don’t need to change it. Just notice, is it slow? Or fast? Notice where you feel your breath, in your belly? Your chest? Or throat? Consciously start to slow down the breath, breathing in deeply into the belly and slowly exhaling out. With a slow breath you will feel the body soften and eventually become calmer. A slow, calm breath allows your body to feel safe.
Learn to say no
‘No’ can be one of the hardest words to say. We have all felt pressure to say yes, to things that we feel like we ‘should’ do, rather than want to do. But often we take on so much that we overload our schedules. It is ok to admit that you won’t have time for something or that you would rather relax than go out. Saying ‘no’ doesn’t mean you will be any less liked.
“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough” – Josh Billings
Take time out for yourself
It is important you take time out for yourself each day to help bring your body back into balance. This might be through movement such as yoga, meditation, time with a book or heading outside in nature. Yoga is my time out for myself. It helps me to get out of my head, to release tight areas of my body and to find my flow. It gives me a sense of balance in my day (even when I can’t find the balance for tree pose).
Balance isn’t something that is easy to achieve. I believe rather than looking for balance, we need to change our mindset from “having it all and doing it all” to finding a flow, creating a lifestyle for ourselves by understanding what it is that resonates with our beliefs, values and needs. Once we know where our priorities lie, we can adjust our focus to what is important. When you stop rushing through life, you might be amazed at what you have time for!