Recently I have been making a conscious effort to look after myself and de-stress.
I have learnt that it is so important to take care of your mind and spend some time switching off from the busyness of life.
Being able to spend time doing these little things for myself has had a great benefit on my overall wellbeing.
I was so lucky to be recommended a visit to my local buddhist centre for a meditation session. I have been attending with my lovely friend from work, we go once a week to the half an hour guided meditations. After a busy day at work this is the perfect opportunity to completely focus on attending that peaceful place within your mind. I did not think it would work for me at first, I was apprehensive to take part but I honestly feel so rejuvenated and peaceful after each session. It is only half an hour of my week but I cherish these short bursts of relaxation as they are invaluable.
My favourite time of the day is when I get to sit down and get lost in a book. It helps me forget about all my worries and totally switch off from the rest of the world. I light a candle, pour a cup of chamomile tea, grab my blanket and get comfy on the sofa. I delve into the stories and often feel like I know each character personally, it’s a truly amazing experience for me personally. At the moment I am reading Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon, its a bit different to my usual choice, it’s more like a biography, but it’s such a great read!
I try to go for a walk after work and on the weekends. Living in the countryside has it’s perks as there are so many different walking paths close by.
Myself and my boyfriend usually take his dog with us, it’s a great opportunity to catch up and clear my head of all the thoughts from the day.
If I go for a walk by myself I will sometimes take my headphones and listen to music, however, it’s also so peaceful to find a quiet area and just walk along listening to the sounds of nature.
These are the 3 main things I have started to include in my weekly routine to ensure I have time to relax and clear my mind.
I would recommend for anybody to try and find more time for themselves.