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 eat in front of Love Island. You “don’t have time to exercise” because you already have so much to do through the day, and you ignore 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 wrote about this on Instagram last night and so many of you commented to say you were exactly the same. The start of the week was a funny old one, I felt completely out of sorts and even though there wasn’t anything particularly wrong, I knew I need to spend a little time just making myself a priority. And you know what? Taking the morning out and concentrating on me meant my motivation levels were back up and I felt balanced again, ready to take the rest of the week on.
Today I wanted to share some small ways you can make yourself a priority 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, whether it might be dealing with chasing invoices, or having to fit too much in my day because I’ve got 101 things going 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, I’ll stop. Stress can cause so much damage to your body. In the past, I’ve lost hair, had really bad skin outbreaks, flare-ups of digestive issues 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 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. I’ve found since learning to manage my own time, that I like to start work later in the morning, once I dedicate a few hours to the gym, meditation etc first thing. I seem to be my most creative on an evening so instead of working 14-hour days, I’ve swapped my evening tasks to the morning and I’m back to working 8 hours (10am-6pm).
Buy something just for you
I think the term “treat yo’self” became pretty much the buzzword of last year, and even though I’m not a huge fan of excessive spending, what I will always try to do is treat myself to something once a month, once the bills have been paid and I’ve got a little spending money. One way to treat yourself is to order flowers to be delivered. There’s no shame in getting them ordered to work girl! Even though I’m approached on a frequent basis about reviewing flowers, I very rarely will. Why? Because, in all honesty, the flowers I’ve had in the past have arrived looking well past their sell-by date, and I’ve had to apologies to the brand and explain I wouldn’t be willing the promote them. But Irish brand Bloom Magic Flowers seemed different. Starting with sustainable sourcing and eco-friendly packaging (90% of which is recyclable and reusable), through to bouquets designed by top floral designers, I liked the ethos and style of this brand. Bridging the gap between high-end luxury flowers and affordable flower delivery services, the brand sent the prettiest bunch of blooms from their Parisian Hat Box Collection. The Reverie a Saint-Germain bouquet features roses, lisianthus, gerbera, veronica, Limonium, eryngium thistle, pittosporum and shamrock blooms, all in a waterproof box, which is going to be reused in my office to store little bits in. The brand has offered 10% off with the code Victoria10.
As mentioned above, I’m really enjoying going to the gym on a morning and getting my workout done and dusted for the day before I have the chance to talk myself out of it. I have my workout stuff at the end of the bed, so after I do my miracle morning routine, I can get dressed, brush my teeth and head straight out. I’ve found that the days I work out, even if it’s just for half an hour, my productivity levels are so much higher than the days I choose to forget about exercise. Just taking 30 minutes a day for you, to either stretch, go for a walk or hop on the cycling machine at the gym, can really alter your whole mindset.
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 fingertips. 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 try to 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.
*Thank you to Bloom Magic Flowers who brightened up my day with its Parisian Hat Box Collection delivery. Remember you can get 10% off with the code Victoria10.