On Sunday’s my boyfriend and I love going to a café, having a cuppa and planning our week or just talking and reconnecting. This weekend when we were talking I asked him “what did you learn about yourself this week?” He answered and asked me the same.
I realised then how good that question was. I thought about it quite a bit.
I thought about how exhausted I was throughout the week.
I had over worked myself. I worked long hours, not just physically but in my mind. I kept mulling over things, planning, worrying, stressing, trying to let go of stress by planning and the cycle went on. It felt like I was burning myself out and I started to feel grumpy and very unlike myself.
Why did I push myself to this point of exhaustion?
Why was I choosing to not look after myself?
I could blame it on all the work I had to do. I didn’t have enough time to go to the gym. I was too stressed to go for a walk. I needed something convenient to eat. All these excuses sounded legit but I knew I would be lying to myself.
I am a big believer in balance and self-care. In the past couple weeks I have noticed so many people in my life feeling run down, over stressed and overwhelmed (including myself).
Being stressed and exhausted is not natural, being energized and calm is.
So some serious self care is in order for many of us.
Self care is an activity which we can voluntarily do to maintain physical, emotional and mental well being.
In my own experience, it is really important for creating well being, feeling of balance, reducing stress, strengthening the immune system and clearing the mind.
It would be ignorant to deny that we live in a busy fast paced world. Sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to fit in time for ourselves. But don’t worry, I thought of some little tips to make sure we SCHEDULE and STICK to a little self care routine.
Even if its 10 minutes in the afternoon to step outside, look at the sky, breathe in some fresh air while you listen to a song. 30 minutes a day to go for a walk. 2 hours on a Wednesday night to have a bath, read a book or watch a movie. Whatever makes you excited and gives you something to look forward to for the day or week.
I’ve noticed these little things improve my life in every way. When I am making time for self care I’m more mindful, my relationships are enriched, my health is better but more importantly I feel more connected to myself.
If you have any questions about self care or anything else health, fitness or self love related jump over to my Instagram and send me a message or comment there. I would love to hear from you :D
Warmest Ellisa xx
Ellisa Haddad as a Personal Trainer and Life Coach, servicing the Cranbourne, Narre Warren, Lynbrook, Clyde, Berwick and Pakenham Areas. Ellisa focuses on obtaining balance between physical, emotional and mental health, for all her clients, and is particularly passionate about supporting women in achieving their goals.
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