Would you say no if asked if you’d like to experience peace and contentment? Silly question?
Perhaps but that’s what you say (and do) every day.
I’m not accusing you. This is just an observation.
How do I know?
I used to be just like you, unable to sit still without doing something – with my hands or with my mind. I’d feel guilty at the very thought!
More than that, the idea of stopping and just being with myself absolutely terrified me!
And I’m not just talking about the dim and distant past.
I’m talking about this last year when Bernie, my Alexander Technique therapist, tried to encourage me to take 20 minutes a day lying down in a ‘semi-supine’ position which is nothing more than lying down with your legs bent and your hands over your lower ribs.
I finally gave in because Bernie insisted it was vital to my health and wellbeing but I resented the time and used it to plan my day ahead or what I’d write about in my next blog.
After a bit of a battle – with myself, not Bernie though she kept bringing it up every once in a while – I began to notice that my thoughts were slowing down and that I was feeling more relaxed, less stressed and anxious instead of ready to jump up at the end of my 20 minutes, tick this off my to-do list and onto the next task.
I’m not trying to persuade you to try it – though you might like to.
The real point is that slowing down recharges your batteries. How you fill the time is up to you.
If you’re one of those people always at somebody’s beck and call you may find yourself with your emotional and physical ‘engine’ depleted. Continuing to give with an open heart becomes harder and harder.
Regard taking time out as a way to nourish yourself. There are a variety of things you might like to try such as,
- listen to music,
- gaze out of the window,
- practise mindfulness,
- do some stretching or
- do some journaling which is one of the most powerful tools that uplifts your wellbeing at every level – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.
There are lots of articles and courses about meditating, mindfulness, stretching and journaling – try the internet.
I suggest you try one of these ideas and see how it works for you. It may take some time getting used it so give it a fair try.
I find getting up half hour earlier gives you that extra lovely space, that peaceful time before the day really starts.
In case you’re wondering, this is a perfect example where self-love boosts your health and wellbeing.
With love and gratitude,
P.S. I coach women over 50 who have not yet made the connection between the quality of their relationship with themselves and others and the quality of their health.
If you’d like to discover how you can improve one to recharge the other, go to https://www.sueplumtree.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a COMPLIMENTARY exploratory conversation with absolutely no obligation.
By the end of it, I promise you will have tips to get you started whether or not you choose to work with me.
P.P.S. My third book, ‘Open Your Heart: The 7 Secrets Of Strong And Loving Relationships’ is now on Amazon and getting 5* reviews!