Taking Time Out For You
Taking time out for you is important for your mental health.
Life is what feels like 24/7 nowadays with work, family, kids, the school run. Let alone making time for friends and your relationships.
We are always on our phones or laptops or on other devices that are constantly demanding our attention.
If only it was as easy as they make it out to be on the telly hey!
In reality we are always juggling so many plates in the air and having to rush from one place to another. And the only real time we get to proper relax is when we go on holiday and only then when we land in the country we are going to.
If you are anything like me I have to make sure that the house is clean, fridge is empty, there is food in the freezer for when we come back and that the bedsheets are clean too. That alongside the holiday packing is a job within itself.
And once your “out of office” is actually switched on (yes we have to check that too several times before we actually turn off the laptop) then can we take a proper deep breathe and enjoy our holiday.
But we still have to pick up everyday life earn we are back or on a daily basis if we don’t get to go on holiday. So it is important to actually take time out for you.
Your mind body and overall health is so important. Especially when we need to focus at work, concentrate with kids to help them with their homework and try and do it all. Drinking two litres of water a day, fitting in exercise, eating clean and doing the food shopping, washing cooking and cleaning on top.
Finding something that switches you off completely so that your sole focus is on that one activity be it yoga, reading. painting or going for a run. That before you realise it the hour or half an hour you allocated for it has gone past so quick. You actually managed to switch off from the world around you. Anything that makes you feel good and happy and refreshes you will make you more productive and have an impact on your overall wellbeing.
Just taking out 5 minutes a day to focus on your breathing slowing it down and really concentrating on each breath or be it 15 minutes sitting down with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning in the garden on a lovely day – the just being still and focusing on what you are thinking.
Allow any thoughts to drift by and listen to what your body is telling you. We all get swept by the everyday life and rarely take time out for ourselves, try to make a habit of it and soon you will notice a difference in yourself mind and body.
Writing down any unhelpful or negative thoughts or something that has happened in the day that was not planned or got in the way in a separate notebook, then ripping the page out and throwing it away helps you to get it out of mind out of sight. And this helps to clear your mind too.
After all we can not pour water from an empty jug if there is nothing left in it.
I hope this helps even just taking 5 out daily can be mind changing and is better than not taking out any time at all.