I like the contrast of working in both my London and Cornwall hypnotherapy clinics. The pace of life is very different in these two contrasting parts of the country however there is still a common thread with the clients I see. We are all busy.
Often life can be very busy and we put off looking after ourselves, taking ‘me’ time. This can be for a number of reasons but the bottom line is it is because we are not prioritising ourselves over other things.
Now is the time to change that.
Life can be busy and there is always things that need to get done, or you could do. There are probably times in the past when you think you would love to do something for you whether go for walk, go to a class or something but you decide you haven’t got time, so you don’t do anything. It is often an all or nothing approach when it comes to taking care of ourselves (as well as other things). It can be all too easy to find a reason not to do it.
It can seem like an effort. It is an investment and how many times have you regretted taking that time for you? Probably none. We know we feel better for it but still something prevents us from doing it.
I want you to remember this phrase: Anything more than nothing is good.
It doesn’t need to be an all or nothing approach. So you may not have time to go for a long walk but what can you do for yourself in ten minutes?
I find my job is quite sedentary (I am sitting down a lot with clients) so I want to ensure I look after my body/posture and keep active. I sometimes get frustrated when I don’t have the time to go for a run so can then find myself not doing anything. I can forget I could do 10-15 minutes yoga and get the physical and mental benefits of that.
Ernest Rossi is a psychologist and carried out a study that mapped peoples brain activity when living in a darkened room. He noticed the brain naturally has an activity cycle of about 90 mins then a quiet activity for about 20 mins. From this he recognised the need to slow down and take breaks, even just 20 mins can make a massive difference to our health and wellbeing.
Just taking the odd ten minutes for yourself can be extremely beneficial and anything more than nothing is good.
In ten minutes you could:
take a stroll round the block actively being in the present moment to notice sounds, nature, the fresh air
phone a good friend
have a power-nap/snooze
read a book/magazine
What can you do for yourself today?
Remember: Anything more than nothing is good!