Increasing Calm: Slowing Down in our Increasingly Busy World
Today we live busier lives than ever before. This means that there has been an increase in stress related illness worldwide, including insomnia, anxiety and burn out. This doesn’t mean that you need to stop working towards achieving your goals and being productive in your everyday life. The answer is better self-care – becoming more aware of what your mind and body needs to be happy and healthy.
What we need to do is to increase calm, and learn how to slow down when it’s needed, in our increasingly busy world…
Practicing mindfulness can go a long way towards better understanding what your mind and body needs. A lot of the time we run on autopilot, not even being aware of the decisions we are making or the actions we are taking. In addition, we can also be to critical of ourselves, regularly thinking negative thoughts and punishing ourselves without even realising.
This behaviour only adds to our stress levels, as we’re not aware of what our bodies really need and how to properly take care of our mind and body, particularly during busy periods. Becoming more mindful means being more aware of your thoughts and your actions, to better understand why you do what you do and think what you think, and what you need.
Becoming completely mindful can take years of practice to retrain your body, but it is possible to become more aware of your feelings with just a few simple steps. Try pausing a few times during the day, taking a minute to shut your eyes and breathe, becoming aware of how you are feeling and what you are thinking, particularly when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Try to put aside some ‘me time’ every week too, to give yourself time to think through what you’ve been doing so far during the week and how it’s making you feel.
Making Time for Self-Care
When we have an endless list of tasks to get through, making time out for yourself can seem counterproductive. The reality is that taking time out to reset and allow time to explore your thoughts can actually result in better productivity. In order to make the most of the time that you do have, taking time out to practice self-care is key.
To manage stress and allow yourself some time to unwind and work through your feelings, consider booking in for a regular massage. Massage is the perfect way to make time for self-care. Working to soothe both your body and mind, massage can help relive tension and stress, as well as providing you with vital time to calm the mind and relax.
When you’re working hard, it’s important to provide yourself with time to recover. Start by taking a few moments each day to work towards better mindfulness, and by booking out a couple of hours a week for self-care. Find out more about our massage treatments here.