Five things to do when it all gets too much….
Excuse the cliché, but life is like a roller coaster. Sometimes you feel great and take your hands off the handlebars, arms aloft with a huge smile on your face; other times you’re shutting your eyes, gripping the bars for dear life, praying for it to be over. Everyone goes through times when life feels like it’s getting out of hand, and I feel it a lot more frequently as the years roll on. Recharging is so important at times like this and I’m sharing five small things that help me re-find my Zen:
Read a book
I absolutely love to read and would anoint myself a ‘Book Geek for Life’, so curling up on the sofa and getting lost in a book of adventure is my idea of bliss. When your head is full of worry, escaping can be just the thing to forget your troubles, even if for a short while before plugging back into the real world.
Go for a walk
There’s a reason why people advise this. Fresh air is almost like cleansing the soul. You breathe in and out, inhaling the good and exhaling the bad. I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance of a really large park, so when all is lost, I throw on some shoes and go for a long wander, stand by the pond and reconnect with nature. There’s an instant calm for me when I’m near water – I imagine that the ripples are carrying away my troubles.
Take a bath
When do we ever really relax? When you take a bath you literally have no choice but to be present in that moment. Yes, you can read a book or listen to music, but your naked butt is in that tub and you’re not going anywhere – sink in and let those vapors exercise those demons. Buy yourself a bath bomb and shut your eyes while the warm water opens your pores and fills you with good vibes.
Do a load of washing
I know, I know, who wants to do chores when feeling crap?! But honestly, for me, there is nothing worse than feeling down knowing that I’ve got a load of washing to do to add to my misery. Mountains of odd jobs can make you feel like you have a mountain to climb, but doing one job at a time makes you not only feel like you’re being proactive, but ticking off a mental list one-by-one is instantly rewarding. Clean and clear home means a clean and clear mind.
Change the bed sheets
Sounds odd, but it really does work, particularly as the temperature gets cooler. There’s something about changing your thin duvet for your thick wintery one and having new crunchy bed sheets to wrap yourself in at night that makes you feel refreshed. It’s breaking out something new and makes you feel great for such a small change.
So that’s just a small list of things that help me, but you can find your own Zen and amend the above list according to your needs. Self-care is imperative for a happy life and healthy mind so you take care of you before leaping up and tackling whatever it is life has thrown at you – go get ‘em!