Mindfulness and taking time out for yourself

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Mindfulness and taking time out for yourself

I read a book about mindfulness about 4 years ago and ever since I practice it in some form big or small every single day. I stopped jumping out of bed, grabbing a tea, eating breakfast and running out the door to the train. Instead I starting setting my alarm for 2 hours before I needed to be in work. Even when I lived 5 minutes from work I still did this. Because that was my time carved out at the beginning of the day. Time that was not consumed by a stressful and hectic work environment. My day wasn’t about my job, maybe I’d have a quick cuppa and then do some laundry before work or do a grocery shop in that time. Because it ment when I finished work I came straight home, cooked dinner and I was free for the evening. When we first bought our house back in Copenhagen I started watching a family of blue tits that lived in our bird houses, the simplest of things can make you feel more grounded. And it honestly brought so much joy watching them eat the bird food I left out for them. The point is if you lead a stressful work life take a second to breathe in the morning or in the evening after work. Selfcare is so important for you, when your skin is acting out but especially in times like this when we are confined to our homes and limited in the things we can do. Take some time out for yourself.

We can all agree that these are very trying times we are living in right now. With added restrictions and for some a third lockdown this is starting / continuing to affect people's mental health. If you are feeling extra stressed and anxious that’s your body trying to tell you to slow down or relax. For those living solo some are feeling anxious and lonely, try to phone a friend or family member. Try and plan a what's app chat or zoom meeting so you get to see someones face every day. If you know someone home alone pick up the phone and call them. To relieve some of that stress try to carve out some time each day for yourself. Take a long bath, take a long walk in a local park, do some yoga, play your favourite music, bake...whatever works for you. Try something that takes your mind off your current situation and gives you time to switch off. Weaving is my time for myself from the outside world and to focus on my techniques but it is also a great way to keep my mind busy. If news updates are stressing you out, check it once daily so you dont become overwhelmed by it. What do you do to relax? Or what resources can you share with fellow readers.