We all understand the benefits of having balance, however as we step into the current speed and relentless nature of overwhelm we find ourselves trying to cope with, trying not to feel numb or blanked out by, its imperative to remind yourself to actively engage with options that help our sustenance, sustainability and willingness.
Here are some of my tips for helping ourselves to make it through. Just as we require activity, we also require rest and time to recompose.
- Learn to recognise when you are overwhelmed, stop attempts to dismiss the truth of how you are feeling.
- Schedule time and space to recompose. This may be booking the baby sitter, having a cup of tea outside, soaking in a bath or taking a walk in silence, listening to the sounds of the day.
- Reduce screen time, even if temporary. It is recommended that every 90 minutes we step away from devices and screens. Drink water, walk around the room, recompose.
- No feeling guilty, often we may have to recompose while others are ‘still at it’, drop this out of your mental landscape, it is okay to take the time you need as it is available. You need it whether or not you have company.
- Give yourself what you actually need. Be specific about what is actually going to help, guilt and stress free. If you need sleep, allow it, need food, go grab some take away if your to tired to cook. Bear in mind where your energy levels actually are.
- Be kind to yourself. Often we are least compassionate with ourselves, this is your opportunity to put your emotional well being first, then you will be more able to allow and give towards others. Even in the current climate.
- Make plans based on the time you do have available, if you have 5 minutes, breathing exercises are good, 15 minutes, a walk around the block, 30 minutes yoga.
- Include company if the person recharges you, gets you laughing, allows you to be and feel relaxed.
- Be still, this can look like a pyjama day, lazy breakfast, not doing the washing up, stepping out of home chores, letting a friend or family member or colleague help.
- Be sure to make it happen, don’t let the busi-ness of work and life change your plans. Keep your health in mind as your first wealth.
Understand that you are always your best version of self when looking after yourself, even when its crazy busy.