The importance of ‘me’ time

Everyone loves having some time to themselves to do as they please whether that be having a relaxing bubble bath or reading a favourite book. Most often we neglect spending time doing something relaxing as we have such busy schedules ‘me’ time is often out of the equation. But having time to relax gives our mind a break, allows us to unwind and forget about our worries. It benefits us both mentally and physically, allowing our bodies to rest for a short while. Often when trying to reach a goal or milestone in our lives we are so focused on that goal that we don’t stop trying to achieve it, now sometimes it’s good to be so focused on our goal but allowing your body to rest helps recuperate and gather our thoughts. Productivity and motivation will be increased if we spend some time away from our goal. It doesn’t have to be a long break but you will benefit from it! So make sure you schedule in some ‘me’ time!

Whats your favourite thing to do to relax?

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Meditation, why should you do it?

I only discovered meditation a few months ago and boy do I wish I had found it earlier, as someone who suffers with anxiety and stress (especially during exam season!) I felt I needed to get away from it all but found I couldn’t. Until I discovered meditation, after reading the book of joy written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu I was fascinated to learn more. When I first started meditating I found it hard to stay focused as my mind would often wonder but I have since discovered the more you practice meditating the better you become at letting go of these distracting thoughts. So why should you meditate?

  • Relieve stress- In a eight week study carried out it was found that meditation reduced the amount of cytokines released (secreted from the immune system, has effects on other cells)

 

  1. Reduced anxiety- Due to the reduced stress levels, I often find the breathing pattern when meditating often reduces/relieves my anxiety and taking a few good deep breaths in really helps!

 

  1. Increases self- awareness- Meditation helps to focus your mind on your body and the way it is feeling thus gaining a stronger understanding of yourself.

 

  1. Increases attention span- I mentioned this earlier in the post but I have found myself being able to concentrate on subjects a lot longer since meditating. When meditating I can often focus my mind without having distracting thoughts for a longer period from when I first started!

If these benefits don’t make you want to start meditating I don’t know what will! Just give it a try I promise you’ll love it!

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3 Simple ways to motivate yourself

Motivating yourself isn’t always easy, it comes in waves sometimes lasting for days yet other times it seems impossible to motivate yourself. I’m quite lucky in the fact that I find it pretty easy to motivate myself but if you don’t always find it easy here’s some simple tips to become motivated!

  1. Watch YouTube video’s- this is often a favourite of mine, there are tonnes of motivational videos on YouTube for all different kinds of motivation from exercise to work goals. I often find ted talks to be really useful in helping me stay motivated and on track.
  2. Envision your goal in the future- what do you want to achieve and when do you want to achieve it? I find by envisioning my goal it inspires me to keep going to get where i want to be and reach that final goal.
  3. Take some time away from daily life- Now this doesn’t have to be a long time away, nor does it need to be somewhere hot and sunny, Often taking a break away from any distractions can be beneficial in getting your mind active and letting you think more about ways to achieve your goal.

How do you motivate yourself? Why not share in the comments below? motivation

Acts of kindness

Ever so often we go about our daily lives being immersed in the digital world constantly checking into twitter or Instagram always keeping up to date with the latest news. But how often do we look up from our phones and take note of the people around us? The old lady struggling to stand on the bus or the young mother struggling to get her pram on the train. Just delivering small acts of kindness can really make someone’s day even if it is something as simple as smiling at a passer by or offering your seat up on the bus.  Not only does it make the person who you are offering the kindness to feel happier it makes you feel happier! Only the other day I noticed a lady drop her watch in the street, I quickly notified her and gave her the watch and you know what she said? That I had restored her faith in humanity. She expected the watch would have been stolen and never to be seen again. So you never know just by showing kindness to another stranger you may be restoring their faith in humanity!

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Quote of the week

This weeks quote stuck out to me as it’s so relateable in order to better ourselves we need to be prepared. To reach that goal we have set for ourselves we must continue to follow those mini goals or stepping stones as i like to call them. By following these mini goals we continue to progress into reaching our final goal, each bit of progress brings us closer to our final goal!

What goals have you set yourself? The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances_ if there is any reaction, both are transformed

Little bites of happiness

One of the fundamental ways to be happy for me is enjoying the moment, whether that is taking a minute out of your day to enjoy the sunshine or the tree’s blowing in the wind. Even taking the time to enjoy sounds, the birds singing in the trees or the laughing of one of your friends. So often in this ever changing world we forget to enjoy these little bites of happiness. Instead we are engrossed in our phones or social media constantly trying to keep up to date but in doing so we miss these moments. The moments in which are important to our well-being and overall happiness. So take some time out of your day to just enjoy these little bites of happiness, you won’t believe the difference it can make!

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