We all have those days, weeks and months where life seems so busy you don’t feel like you have time to breathe, never mind look after yourself properly. You don’t eat the right things because after getting in late all you want is something quick and easy to ea in front of the TV. You don’t have time to exercise because you already have so much to do through the day, and you ignore an minor health issues because you don’t really have the time to fit the doctors in.
Looking after your mind, body and soul becomes a second priority to everything else in your life.
I feel like this happened to me earlier in the year, and was ill with a tummy bug and viral infection for over a month. Once that was out of my system, I decided to take a step back and concentrate on me again. I wasn’t aiming for perfection, I just wanted my happy self back. So here are some of the things I decided to change to get my body back into full working order again.
Depending on your personality, it can be very easy to get caught up in the stress of everyday life if your mind is set that way. For me, it might be dealing with other drivers on the way to work, or having to fit too much in my day because I’ve got 101 things on I’m now trying to make a conscious decision when I find myself in a stressful situation to stop and think whether I’ll still be worrying about it tomorrow. If not, then I’ll try to stop getting anxious. I need to keep calm and remember to breathe. Stress can cause so much damage to your body. I’ve lost hair, had really bad skin outbreaks and developed shoulder and neck pain (where I store tension) – a lot of which amounts to high levels of stress. So when you find yourself getting into that stressful mindset, take a step back and assess whether it’s really worth it. I bet it’s not.
So many people struggle to find that ideal work/life balance, me especially, so I’m working on a way which plays up to my strengths. For example, I recently got into a routine of working all day, and then coming home and blogging in to the night. But now I get up at 5.45am every morning for boot camp which means I’m up and out of the door an hour earlier than I normally am, allowing me to write a blog post for the day, catch up on blog emails, sort through all my social media and then start work. Which then leaves my evenings free for me to do whatever I please – read, watch a film, carrying trying to get through my Friends boxset for the 100th time. I also utilise the weekend to the best I can (read my 10 Sunday Rituals post here), and use Saturday mornings to shoot any blog images so they’re all ready for the week ahead.
As mentioned above, I’m into my third week of boot camp and I feel like I’ve finally found something I love. OK, I don’t love getting up so early, but I do love the feeling of finishing, sweating and my body running full of endorphin’s. I genuinely didn’t realise how unfit I was until I started this – I just remember sitting in the car after my first session trying to stop myself from being sick. I also realised how much I needed someone telling me what to do when it comes to working out. I’ve sweated more this last two weeks that I have my whole entire life going to the gym. Having a group of people around you pushing you is exactly what I needed, instead of doing a gentle 20 minutes on the cross trainer and then calling it a day. I have a growing list of what I want to change with my body, again not to strive for perfection, but to be the best version of myself. One is obviously get some definition back in my muscles and lose my jelly belly, the second is get my teeth whitened at a cosmetic dentistry and possibly look into having a brace fitted to my bottom teeth so they’re not as wonky, and the third is to carry on getting my skin back to its best. With the exercise I’m doing I can really tell the difference in my complexion, but it also helps that I’m now religiously using Liz Earle products and multi-masking with different clay masks twice a week.
Sometimes (OK, all the time) I become consumed by social media and the Internet. I take my phone everywhere, I even check my phone whilst I’m on the laptop. I have it next to me in bed, I have it with me when I go on holiday. I’m a 24 hour social media whore. Yet I know it’s no good for the brain. We’ve become accustomed to having everything at our finger tips. If we want to know a question, we ask Google. If we want to get some inspiration, we head to Pinterest. If we want to speak to our friends, we Whatsapp. But sometimes we need a break from technology. Which is why I switch my phone to flight mode from 9pm onwards now. That means no laptops in bed and no checking Instagram before I sleep. And it really does mean I sleep better.
I hope this post has been of some use for you and if you’re going through the same burn out I was then please do get in touch and let me know either how you got through it or what changes you’re going to make to lead a better, balanced lifestyle. We only get one body, let’s treat it the best way we can.