The six things I've put back in my life to help find my sense of balance and calm again.
When my sleep gets disrupted and I become aware of my inner-voice constantly reminding me of all the things I could be worrying about I know something isn't quite right!
I wasn't well during the Christmas holidays. A combination of illness and just wanting a complete break from the normal routine, meant I let a lot of my normal self-care practices slip.
To help find my sense of stability and calm I re-introduced the following things every day:
Yoga. I've been doing a five or a15-minute morning yoga video. A 14-minute office-break yoga video after work and a seven or 12-minute wind-down video before bed. If I could only fit in one of these I would choose the wind-down night-time video. It feels good to have yoga back in my daily life.
Night-time tea. I was still drinking this over the holidays, but often after alcohol or a caffeinated cup of tea. I have also just bought some after-dinner herbal tea bags to add into the evening mix!
Morning mindfulness in the garden. When I was ill I stopped being the first up in the morning. That continued during the holidays! It meant I didn't stand outside in the back garden with the dogs first thing in the morning. Since getting back to work this week I've been outside each morning just for a couple of minutes. It's amazing the difference it makes.
Planning out my week. I barely used my bullet-journal over the holidays. That meant I didn't have a plan for each day and stopped writing down my daily gratitudes. They were small things that provided an anchor for each day and week. Being without it over the holidays has made me realise how adrift I've felt without that anchor.
Looking ahead. My husband and I spent some time thinking about when we would take time off work over the year. We also thought about holidays and came up with some ideas. Given the current situation those plans are likely to have to change, but it felt good to have something to aim towards. I also find that looking ahead can help to get my life into perspective and stop me worrying about things I can do nothing to change.
Herbal drops. I've finally made myself another blend of herbal drops to boost immunity and help calm and ground. I had been regularly taking that blend last year and noticed the difference when I forgot to take it for a few days! I finished a bottle before Christmas and forgot to make up a new one but I'm back on it now. :)
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