It can get a bit boring being preached to about meditation, but all it really means is having a few moments to let your brain stop whirring at a hundred miles an hour. You don’t have to spend half an hour or an hour bending and stretching to start getting the benefits. After your morning or evening shower find five minutes to do a small series of yoga stretches (a good sun salutation will do the job) or simply sit and focus on breathing alone – it’s a great way to set you up for the day or wind down before bed.
“Put on your proverbial dance shoes…”
Out of the reach of little ones of course, light a candle in the evening and even if only for a moment enjoy the scent, the gentle flickering light and the small luxury of it all. Make sure it’s one that has a really potent scent when burning – we are particular fans of Sea Salt from the St Eval Company in Cornwall.
Step outside your front door, look at the sky and take a few deep breaths. Maybe throw in a good old stretch while you’re out there. At any time of the day, fresh air helps to boost the immune system, increase happiness and energise, and it only takes a moment.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. We all know that breakfast is important for us all – it helps with weight management and overall health and wellbeing, but having hot water with a squeeze of lemon before you eat your porridge helps to stimulate the digestive system making it easier to digest food and less likely to lead to bloating. That, and it’s a good morning cleanse for overall wellbeing – think about delaying your morning tea until you’re at your desk in the office and give the hot water and lemon a whirl.
“Create an outlandish list of ‘wouldn’t it be nice ifs’ to daydream about…”
Human Needs therapist Rebecca Miller says that the brain doesn’t differentiate between what’s real and what’s imaginary when it comes to emotion. So when you’re on the train home at the end of the day, or in the few minutes when you’re grabbing your lunch, create an outlandish list of ‘wouldn’t it be nice ifs’ to daydream about to change your focus from stressful emotional states and give you an escape to a positive mindset.
Music can be a real mood shifter, so when you walk in the front door at the end of the day, or as you’re preparing the cereal first thing in the morning, pop on your favourite music and, if the mood strikes, put on your proverbial dance shoes as well. Pick wisely for a pick me up and release positive endorphins – it’s a good way to change your mindset as well as set it up for the day.
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