Christmas is nearly with us and at this time of year most of us are trying to fit in work, families, xmas shopping alongside any other commitments we have…..so when do we ever find the time to just sit and relax…..never, I hear most of you say, but we should make the time….even if just five minutes to recharge our batteries after a busy hectic day or week…..
Within my life I’m on the go constantly and never see my sofa till at least half nine on an evening if I’m lucky….forever at the demands of a 16year old who has a better social life than I do, needing lifts here and there and normally just as my butt hits the fabric of my sofa……aargghh!!!
We are all so good at doing things for others but who does for us……we need to look after ourselves….get use to allowing self care…..its not a luxury it a MUST!!
Right where do I get time to recharge…..well my answer is I make the time….FOR ME!!
It doesn’t have to be half hour or 2 hours in front of the tv, for me it’s a simple 2 minutes at my desk or take that 5 mins with a cuppa at work and go to a different room…change the scenery….how do I do it???……easy….
For me I like to take a few minutes out and clear my mind for that brief period. Im no good at relaxing by imagining a beach or a garden…..I prefer to focus on something or close my eyes, clear my mind and just listen to the world around me…..
Yes it can be difficult to focus and not let thoughts in, in my eyes they are like kids they, don’t do as they are told the first time you have to keep on at them …..but practise of this helps….well practice makes perfect or so they say….
I love to focus on a candle flame, the relaxing, mesmerising and amber hues of the flame can be very calming. As I look at the flame I notice also my breathing….taking in deep breaths in and out a few times then relaxing into the moment. Its amazing how long a couple of minutes can seem and in that short time how relaxed you can feel afterwards….the downside of this however is you have to go back to what you were doing…but you did it….you took the time out for you to have “a moment for yourself”……well done!!!……
Don’t stop there though….take the time….don’t feel silly….don’t feel guilty…..dont let it all be about others…..let it be about you sometimes….YOU DESERVE IT!!!