We gotta take care of ourselves. We're busy, always on the go, on and off subways, in and out of cars, from boardroom meetings to school meetings. AND, we keep going because things need to get done and that's what we do. The pace actually becomes our normal way of life. I am astonished by how much women are capable of doing and how much gets done. We can accomplish so much in 10 minutes, half a day, a week, I love who we are. But here's something else that happens, and you know what I'm going to say. We need to break from this extreme momentum periodically. Vacations are terrific but can't happen all the time so here are a couple of basic ideas to kick off. I promise you, this will be the pause that refreshes you. Start with one idea and see how that works but absolutely take the time to do something.
Simple Things to Do When We’re In Over Our Heads. Tips from The Elephant Journal.
1. Community. Hanging out with friends helps us feel better. Spending time with actual human beings boosts our mood. It energizes us, even if it’s people we don’t really know, at the local café. Sharing smiles with others gives us a lasting warm and fuzzy feeling.
2. Take breaks. No one can thrive when we’re sitting at the computer for hours on end, all day long. Take a five-minute break every hour. Walk to the water cooler and rehydrate, do 10 jumping jacks, do a deep forward bend, walk to the break room and refill your coffee cup, have a quick phone chat with a friend or step outside and take a peek at the sky.
3. Get enough fresh air and sunshine. This is important, especially in the wintertime. Spending time outside breaks up the monotony and reconnects us to nature. An easy way to “cheat” is to walk or bike to work. If we have to bus or car commute, park a few blocks away from the office. If we work at home, a quick walk around the block will suffice. If it’s cold, bundle up. There are really no excuses when it comes to being outside and enjoying the day at least a little bit.
4. Eat food cooked with love. Make sure to eat enough veggies. Eat real food and avoid processed and packaged food. Have a snack—if you’re experiencing mood-failure, get your blood sugar up.
5. Meditate. Practice sitting meditation every day for at least 10 minutes, or try to meditate for one hour. Our minds are made for thinking. Consciously taking a break from our thoughts heals stress on many levels. I meditate every day for 10 minutes, first thing in the morning. It makes me feel like I’m cloaked in a protective blanket all day long.
6. Exercise. Our bodies are made to move. People have a lot of energy and sitting still for too long can drive us stir crazy. Exercise, even a little bit, is important everyday. It releases negativity and makes us feel good. It gets our heart pumping and our lungs breathing. My favorite ways to exercise are walking the dog, biking, hiking, yoga, dancing, skiing, snow shoveling, gardening and sex.
7. House Plants. It’s nice to share space with other living things. House plants are natural air filters. They live on water and sunlight. That’s affordable! They bring relaxing and cheerful energy to a room. They are quiet. If you have to vent, houseplants are good listeners.
8. Stretch. Practicing yoga, even a little bit, breaks up the” fuzz” between our muscles and fascial tissue. A good stretch can give us the “space” we need to buckle down and take care of our responsibilities.
9. Get enough sleep. Our bodies are rejuvenated with a good night’s sleep. Enjoy a relaxing ritual before bed, to ensure a restful night. Have a cup of chamomile tea, meditate, take a hot Epsom salt bath, or read for 15 minutes.
10. Laugh. Read something funny. Talk to someone funny. Watch a funny video. Amuse yourself. Laughter really is the best medicine.
Again, these thoughts are basic, nothing new here. Give yourself a time frame. It's not enough to think about doing them. Do yoga 1 day a week for a month and feel the difference. We know it can feel like there isn’t enough time in the day, but you should always dedicate time to care for yourself, body and mind. Coco & Cyd fully encourage self-care and know that it can be found in the smallest and biggest ways. For instance, it’s as easy as wearing something soft and comfortable. Try one, a few, or all of these tips or create new ones personalized to your day. Either way, remember how important and deserving you are of your own care.
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