In the hetic mindfield that are our lives it is sometimes possible to get so caught up in everything that you don't know whether your coming or going. I know i do! If I didnt have my diary I would fall apart it is my life and if you know me then you will understand how much I like plans. If something doesn't follow my plan I can get pretty angsty ha.
However over the past few months I let all this madness run away with me and I became very stressed and intense to the point I would break down in tears at nothing, I couldnt sleep as my mind never shut up and my weightloss mission was suffereing due to my high stress levels.
Stress = high cortisol levels which lead to increased weight gain - little fact to remember !!
Any of this sound familar ??
How do you get out of this rut?
First of all - BREATHE. Stop what ever you are doing and take some deep breaths to calm yourself down and focus your mind.
YOGA: This is a great way to take some time out and let your mind and body rest but in active way. It is also great for improving your core strength and flexibility. Pencil in 1 - 2 sessions a week if not more where you just emerse yourself in yoga. It doesn't have to be long there are great you tube videos - a personal favourite of mine is Yoga with Adriene (Check her out she is awesome) or take yourself to a class if you want a more social enviroment. I can definitely say since doing this I feel alot more in tune and balanced.
ME TIME: Look after number one ! At the end of the day it is your life and you will only function to the the best of your ability if you are at your best. Put aside some time whether its 30-60 mins a night or a whole day where you focus on you. Give yourself a little TLC, run a bath read a book but most importantly FOCUS on you. So no electronics or phone devices take it old school and cut yourself off for a moment.
MINDFULNESS: This is something I would greatly recommend if you are feeling stressed and a bit confused or lost. There are a variety of ways in which you can achieve this such as listening to recordings, breathing exercises, seeing someone for sessions.
'a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique'
I personally achieve it whilst colouring. Now a few people may snigger - in fact i did get a couple of comments when I bought it. But it works for me - i forgot how much I enjoyed colouring and it relaxes me. It is an escape and offers a chance to reflect.
Another way is to write down at the end of each day one thing that made you smile or happy and why. Then at the end of each week look back over the weeks entires I can gurantee you will be smiling again. Something my friend once told me to and I think its fab!
I hope this can help some of you :) let me know if it has