16 February 2020
Be Nice to YOURSELF
You’re probably wondering when this photo was taken – certainly not a recent one with the wind and rain we have had these past few weeks!! No, this was at the Lido in February last year. We had the most amazing week of warm sunshine.
This was taken when I gave myself a day off and went to the Lido – on my own and read and relaxed. It was a year ago that my father died, hence I remember it all so well. I came across this photo when I was looking back to last year.
Have you lost someone/something?
I am not writing this for sympathy or for anyone to react, absolutely not, but it is for all of you out there who has lost someone or gone through a horrible divorce/separation or a really rough time. Everyone has had something very emotional happen over this past year, or the last 10 years or more.
Taking Time for Yourself
I really wanted to just highlight the importance of taking time for yourself. I went to the Lido & yes I could have asked some girlfriends but I didn’t want to, I just wanted and needed time to ME – to enjoy a book and to relax and not have to talk to anyone and just enjoy my time that I rarely get on my own.
So, for all of you – please do look at yourself and look at what you do and do you actually have a minute to yourself to just ‘chill’ or have a quiet time to reflect or relax?? Some of you may be great at this and have learnt to give yourself time off. I bet you appreciate that time so much.
Emotional Stress affects us in so many different ways
I look back to last year and boy did my emotional & physical body suffer. I had 3 colds in the space of 2 months, I had inflamed feet & my eczema was terrible. Very often we just get on with it and put up with it – but this is where I want to turn this around to a positive.
This past year I have worked on my emotional side and have really embraced some quiet time and have started listening to a meditation before bed and in the morning when getting up. I have had to set my alarm 15 minutes early so I can get up and go listen to my meditation and boy is it a tonic at the start of my day. Try it! My evening meditation has really helped my sleep too!
Allow Yourself time
Do you need an anniversary or special event to allow yourself some time for you?? Say SOD IT and try taking 5 minutes out in your day to do something you love – pick up a magazine, do your nails or even take a bath!! It is a time that you do something nice, whether you are in a relationship or not – go buy a massage, go & have a nice lunch or make it the time you think about making a little change, like going to a new class or finally booking an assessment to check if you still have a diastasis!
Say SOD IT, Smile & have 5 ME minutes!
So this week, essentially it is about seeing the sunshine through February drab days and especially if you have had a hard time – say SOD IT and go and do something, no matter how small and feel GREAT about doing it!