Relax and take a moment to enjoy your day was health and wellbeing tip number twenty-three from our twenty-six shared to celebrate our birthday back in February.
This particular tip was provided by the wonderful Kiri Wilson. One of our awesome Physiotherapists here at Sarum and recently back from maternity leave.
Kiri went on to explain that she is a HUGE believer in the idea that relaxation is as important as exercise for maintaining a healthy life balance.
So, what is a healthy life balance or well-balanced life?
A balanced life is where you consider all aspects: relationships, work, fitness and health, and emotional well-being. Sounds easy, yet even easier for the scales of balance to tip. When perhaps you focus on one area more than the others or so busy being busy you’re not paying attention to any area.
Balance is a personal thing. What is right for you might be completely different for your partner or best friend. There is no right or wrong, just what is right for you. Sadly, it can be hard to achieve and takes commitment.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton
A fabulous quote and the rhythm of life is something I wrote about last year. It is why balance can be tough because the rhythm changes, circumstances change and of course so do you.
Taking a little time for yourself on a daily basis, time to relax can improve your sleep and reduce anxiety. It can help you to maintain the right balance for you and here are five ways that can easily be incorporated into your day.
- While waiting for the kettle to boil, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. You will at the very least feel your shoulders drop which helps to reduce the tension you’re holding. Focus on your breath and don’t worry about thoughts that come into your mind, sweep them gently to one side. Do this until the kettle whistles.
- Now with your favourite brew in hand, really savour the smell and taste if only for a few moments. Again, close your eyes and enjoy the sensation of the warm mug or cup in your hand and simply be.
- Take ten minutes out of your day to get outside and feel the sun, wind or rain on your face. Stand in the garden if you have to. Or walk the long way back to your car and make this your time to notice all that is around you and to connect with nature.
- Make time to eat and for many reasons you really shouldn’t rush eating but it has become normal to eat on the run or at your desk. Slow down, savour the flavours, consciously chew and enjoy what for many in this world remains a luxury.
- Go to bed just a few minutes earlier and give thanks for all that you’ve received or experienced. From the car or bus that got you to work to the sunshine or roof over your head and the sheets on your bed. Start small and simple, a habit that when practised will bring great satisfaction and a wonderful night’s sleep.