Out of 10 how busy is your life right now? (10 being super busy and 1 being the least) Do you find yourself flying from one task to another? Constantly thinking you need to do this, that or the other? Do you feel overworked, like you’re a busy fool or just never on top of things?
This isn’t uncommon, many of my clients feel just like this so you’re definitely not on your own. I feel it’s getting worse in this modern age and I myself have fallen into the trap. After a short while I feel exhausted, emotional and like I’m just not getting anywhere, it’s never a good feeling. At a certain point in my life I was so good at it I made myself seriously ill. This was then I started to understand.
What do, your car and your head have in common?
Our bodies are a machine and only ever as good as the upkeep and maintenance. Imagine your car, if you pushed it to it’s limits driving long distances every day, yet never washed it, serviced it or topped up the screen wash what would happen? At first it would do really well then over time it would start to wear, break and become less and less useful. Well our bodies and minds are just the same.
Here’s what I see, tell me if this resonates with you? You push and push yourself and top up just to get you through. This is usually in the form of caffeine, energy drinks, paracetamol, alcohol and shear will power. Anything which helps you continue to push just as hard if not harder. Then after a while you start to break, feel exhausted, emotional, get colds and lose your fighting spirit. Do you recognise any of this? If so it’s really no surprise, you are a machine, you can’t rely on good performance if you never do the maintenance.
It's more than a nice to have
Our subconscious minds need time to process our thoughts and as many of you know this happens when we are relaxing, when our brain waves slow down. While we sleep, while we drive, in those quiet times when your head pops up with solutions you’d never thought of.
Even more than this……..during these quiet times your body completes the long term healing tasks, like renewing cells and boosting the lining of your stomach. Things which are needed to keep you healthy and strong.
So how often do you have these quiet times?
In amongst the to-do lists, pinging notifications, social media, the house chores, work demands etc………..
Maybe, like me once upon a time, you think these quiet times are nice to haves, you never get round to it, you feel you’re too busy and just can’t find the time or think it’s ok because you can do it on holiday.
Stop……..if you’re feeling wobbly, like you’re constantly standing on a cliff edge waiting for a bungee jump or you’re feeling exhausted…..your mind is telling its not often enough.
What's the answer?
There’s good news!!!!
It doesn’t have to be a long time. You could listen to a quick guided meditation each night before you go to sleep. Go for a quiet walk or run. Take time to breath deep relaxing breaths in the car. Get the children to lay down, notice what breathing deeply feels like and create a story. There are so many opportunities if you just choose to do it.
So go on turn off those notifications, put the technology down and have some quiet, uninterrupted time. It’s not a nice to have it’s an important part of health, productivity and boosting your confidence.
It’s not just me mumbling on, this is backed up by science. Tests have proven that relaxed minds get more done, have less time off sick, feel more in control and are able to think much clearer too.
So what’s stopping you…….please don’t wait till you’re falling apart to realise these things are important in life, start now!!! Get your calendar and block out time slots and make sure relaxing times are part of your life.
Need somewhere to start? You can download my free 15 minute relaxation from the homepage, find a quiet place (not driving or operating machinery), listen and enjoy recharging your batteries.
Making this part of my life has had so many positive impacts on my health, my confidence and my productivity, let me know what changes it makes you yours.
Until next time.