Rest and Self-care are so important but they’re frequently the first thing to go in our daily routine. There’s many reasons why taking time for ourselves takes the backseat; time, money, competing priorities, other family member’s needs or our beliefs can all result in putting ourself lower down the priority list.
But how can we help others if we’re running on empty?
Our bodies are amazing the way they give us signals but sometimes they’re masked or not apparent as we become so busy and unable to see the wood for the trees. Maybe it’s headaches, a foggy brain, digestive issues, aches and pains, lack of energy, loss of passion for life – these can all be the orange light on the dashboard.
Wellness is about taking a proactive (preventative) approach and not leaving it until the warning light starts flashing or worse still, we totally run out of “go” and stop or hit a brick wall AKA illness and di-ease. Don’t despair if it all seems confusing and overwhelming, little changes can add up to big results. Here’s some simple ideas to help.
3 simple, inexpensive self-care regimes to build into your day that may just help to boost your tank:
- Start each day with dry skin brushing or a hot towel scrub – this is a great way to reenergise yourself in the morning or a deeply relaxing practice at night. It relieves stress through the meditative action of rubbing the skin, opens pores to release toxins, is an easy self-massage, promotes circulation and clams them mind. Great for your lymphatic system which can get a bit lazy!
- The yoga pose – Viparita Karani (Inverted lake pose/legs up the wall) is an incredibly restorative position and is wonderful to practice after a day on the feet. It improves blood and hormone circulation throughout the body and alleviates nervous exhaustion. I practice this one at the end of each day, before getting into bed for around 8 – 10 minutes and include a breathing meditation at the same time.
- Practice meditation in a form that works for you. When you hear the word “meditation” many things may pop up for you and they may not all be positive! You’ll find so much on line about meditation but simply put, make it simple and do what works for you. Did you know colouring in can be a form of meditation? The simple action of the pencil crossing back and forth, left to right is a form of meditation and it’s fun! There’s no right or wrong, do what’s right for you to calm and quieten your mind.
If you’re feeling like your tank is running low, contact Robin for a free 30 minute Discovery Session and see if Health Coaching may be the right choice for you.