The sun is out, the temperature is rising and Easter is on the way. A wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends. A long weekend to enjoy long walks, bike rides, trips out with some gorgeous weather. Whilst this is great fun make sure you also plan in time for you.
When you wake in the morning roll out your yoga mat and take yourself through a 15 minute wake up yoga session, if you have young children get them to join in, they will love it. When you get back from that bike ride or trip out, take yourself to a quiet area and reflect on the day and bring yourself back into the present with some self-reflection and meditation. This will then calm your mind for the evening ahead.
30 Minutes a day over the Easter break will see you emerge on Tuesday fresh and ready to tackle anything.
Mindfulness is a term that we have come to say a lot over the past couple of years it’s the ‘in word’ to get in touch with your feelings, your thoughts without judging them. Powerful thinking, mindfulness, positive thinking, all bring the same benefits.
By being mindful when we wake up in the morning we can set the day, it can boost our satisfaction with life, with how we will go through the day, it can lower stress and help us stay focused on our goals, our choices and make selected choices throughout our day.
When we practice yoga, we aim to stay in the present and be mindful with our meditation and breathing, we focus on our breathing, paying attention to how our chest and body rise and fall. By practicing yoga on a regular basis, we begin to live in the moment more, in both mind and body.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Lighter evenings, warmer days, new habits. Yes, it is the time of year to overhaul our habits, we all have the power to change or create new habits and a new season is the perfect time to start.
It is so easy over the winter months for your weekly yoga practice drop to one class a week, or once every alternate week. By changing our mindset, we can consciously practise and choose our behaviours. By telling ourselves we will get to yoga twice a week and planning that time into our diaries, then by setting a reminder on our phones so that we leave the house or work on time to attend the practice, this behaviour itself becomes the habit.
The benefits of changing your habits will leave you feeling calm, in charge of a situation and will save you so much stress. By understanding how our habits are formed we can create positive, healthy and active mindsets to make the most of our days.
We all talk to ourselves, sometimes I find myself literally talking to myself and find people staring at me, which is a little unnerving. Yet, when you talk to yourself, do you find yourself thinking about the mistakes you made, how you could have achieved more, exercised more, been more loving or forgiving. Or my other favourite, worrying about tomorrow, what tomorrow might bring, oh the doom and gloom we put ourselves through.
Spring is all about new beginnings, everything is starting to grow, the nights are longer and the clocks go forward at the weekend. We should all take the opportunity to stop procrastinating about yesterday or tomorrow and think about the now, how we can achieve all our dreams by working hard today, living in the present. This may be picking up your yoga yet again after a vegged out sofa winter, or thinking about your diet so that you feel your best by summer. Perhaps you are after that promotion, now is the time to put in the effort to obtain that promotion, not tomorrow, or the next day or even the one after that.
Life throws curveballs to us all, let’s throw them straight back with a smile as we can do anything we set out to achieve, we are strong and we are worthy.
Balance for better. lets reach out to all women across the world to make it a better place for us all. Happy Women’s Day.
Do you criticise yourself all the time, are you saying for goodness sake, pull yourself together, get slim, get to yoga, get that promotion, get some style, sort your s*@t out – STOP.
Stop that inner critic and start talking to yourself, giving yourself the same respect as you would your best friend. Start treating yourself with self compassion, treating yourself well, loving yourself and accepting yourself. I doesn’t matter if you eat something not planned, or didn’t make a yoga practice, or didn’t get that promotion. What is important is how you deal with a situation, don’t be harsh in your judgement, see it for what it is and just move on, we all have highs and lows in our life, but the most important thing is that we treat ourselves kindly, nourish our souls and love ourselves inside out.
When we love and respect ourselves, we become much stronger, more confident and more compassionate to others.
“Its not about being good at something. Its about being good to yourself”
February the month of love, with Valentine’s day tomorrow, everywhere you look at the moment you have symbols of love. Not all of us are in a relationship, but, this mustn’t stop you feeling the love, the love for yourself, the most important love of all.
Take a moment to think about how much you love yourself and if it is not 100% why? We need to take care of ourselves, mind, body and spirit. If we don’t nourish our soul’s, feed our bodies and take care of our minds we will become disillusioned, negative, sour and most important of all, not living the life we should.
So, on Valentine’s day celebrate YOU, make the day special for YOU and feed your mind, body and spirit with love.
“She remembered who she was and the game changed” - Lalah Deliah