4 ways to keep your mind & body balanced when life gets a little busy.
I think I say this a lot, but sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed with how busy life gets. Only last week, I was trying to juggle multiple blog projects, sort out my insurance and MOT for my car, catch up with old work colleagues and friends, do some sort of exercise, buy food, see family, and that's before I've even thought about my working day for my 9-5.
It's easy to get lost in the 'hustle and bustle' of life as a twenty-something, so here are 4 little ways I use to help keep myself feeling balanced, calm and a little more grounded.
E a t B r e a k f a s t
I'm not even going to pretend that most of my mornings don't consist of me running out of the door 15 minutes after getting out of bed - this girl loves her sleep. But, I do always try and grab a bowl of porridge at my desk when I get to work.
I'm sure we all know how important breakfast is, but I'm sure we also all know how easy it is to skip when you're in a rush. If you can't grab something at work, all it needs is an extra 10 minutes in the morning to grab yourself a nutritious breakfast to set you up for the rest of the day.
S t a y o f f l i n e f o r a l i t t l e w h i l e
If there's one thing that triggers my anxiety, it's social media and just generally being constantly online. I've checked Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and my emails before I've even rolled out of bed most mornings. Feeling balanced means that sometimes, you need to keep your focus on you, and not on what anyone else wants from you or their lives. Setting aside time to just 'be offline' every day, can really help. Grab a book, cook or bake, or pamper yourself instead.
G o f o r a w a l k
You're probably sat there thinking, 'Soph, what are you talking about. I have zero time to get up and go for a walk.' - But just bear with me a sec.
I've recently discovered that fresh air really is good for the soul. If I'm feeling a little ill, fed up, down, or in a bit of a creative rut, getting outside can make all of the difference. And even if you can't manage to get outside, have a little walk around the office. Moving around during the day will help you to stay more focused and energised - trust me and try it!
J u s t t a k e a m i n u t e
How often do you find yourself able to just sit with your own thoughts for a second. I find that being able to mentally switch off and reflect for a few minutes can be quite tricky, particularly if we go back to the point above about being constantly online. Most things in life can wait. Those emails can be replied to tomorrow. The washing can be done later. The world isn't going to end if you don't write that blog post tonight. - You get the idea.
Taking a few minutes each to just be still is one of the best things I've ever tried, and I've found a little bit of meditation a day has really helped with my mental health. It doesn't have to be anything huge, just lying on my bed with gentle music playing in the background can be enough to relax you again.
How do you keep yourself balanced when life gets a little busy?