The truth is, I had quite a hectic past few weeks. Finding myself running around and busier than usual, were just a few of the warning signals to slow down. I am not mentioning this to complain. I must admit, many amazing things are happening as a result of putting in all this effort. But what I am referring to, is that I’ve noticed I’ve been finding quite difficult to switch off and just relax. This has been happening even during my meditation, which is my twice a day non-negotiable. Some days were so hectic, I looked at meditation as ‘just another thing’ I have to cross off my to-do-list. That was a turning point for me. I hated feeling this way and I soon realised this craziness had to stop. Even when you are busy, looking after yourself and pausing several times a day should be your number one priority. I had to remind myself of this last week when my lack of energy and ‘too much to do’ overtook everything else. Of course, as always, I love teaching what I’m learning and discovering, so listed below are a few ways I find very useful in the midst of a very busy period of my life. I hope they can inspire you.
Pause and just BE
This has become my daily reminder. Lately, as I’ve been noticing a tendency of always doing something, I’ve been finding hard to keep still and relax, even when I meditate (as mentioned above). So what am I learning from this experience? I’m learning to pause and just BE. I actually began last week by forcing myself to just lie down on the sofa, staring at the ceiling, doing absolutely nothing. It was hard at first, but it’s starting to work now. Remember to pause several times a day, breathe and just BE. Those moments are priceless.
Head out to the woods
Nature is a natural healer and a story-teller. When life gets hectic, I know I need to go home to my true self and it always helps when I head out to nature. I gain clarity and peace of mind while surrounded by nature’s beauty. I feel more present and at peace with myself and the world around me. My tip when life gets hectic? Go somewhere natural at least three times a week. It will serve you well.
Do something nice for yourself
Whether is taking yourself on a date (I love doing that by the way), watching a funny film or taking a relaxing bath. Most of us live such busy ‘routine’ lifestyles. We wake up, have breakfast, go to work, come back, have dinner, watch TV, go to bed and repeat it all over again the following day. To change that, add something nice to your daily routine and also plan something to look forward to.