Maybe you’ve hit a wall on a project, or maybe you haven’t been eating well and now you feel sluggish all the time. Or perhaps you’ve fallen into the comparison trap, and you’re wondering why your life isn’t as interesting as someone else’s.
PSA: It’s okay to feel discontent. Truly it is. No one is every going to feel content with their life 100% of the time.
How do you Rest & Reset your body, mind and soul when life is so busy? It’s been all systems on full throttle for a little while and I was looking forward to some much needed down time in the school holidays while Mackenzie spent the week at a camp (specifically designed for children with sensory processing disorders). I had yoga, reading, studying, massage, eating delicious food and exploring the Blue Mountains planned to rest my busy body and mind and to hit the reset button. I did manage to do all of those things. However, it was crammed into a 24-hour period due to a few unexpected demands and it didn’t quite have the feeling of rest I was looking forward to.
I’ve been busy with a lot of exciting things. Updating my website, photo shoots with Amber Joy Photography, preparing for the publication of The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo, organising the next Rest & Reset Retreat in July, adding the gorgeous photos to a new gallery feature for the last retreat, (with thanks to Natural Newborn Photography) writing my memoir, finalising my coaching studies, and continuing my writing course. Phew! I’m tired just thinking about it.
As a solo special needs mumma thrown on top, life can be challenging. As well as the usual parental responsibilities of a pre-pubescent child (so help me), fitting in appointments, blood tests, specialist reviews, X-Rays, collecting scripts and organising medication charts, battling with the NDIS, searching the web night after night for suitable products that can enhance her wellbeing and then squeezing in all my work, studies and life, there isn’t much time for me. And one thing I know for sure is this – when there isn’t time to nourish my own body, mind and soul, the wheels start to fall off and I am no good to anyone.
At times, we have to surrender to what the world has install for us. It’s important to accept each moment, especially when things don’t quite go to plan.
Here are my top 10 tips for keeping my body, mind and soul nourished when life is busy:
1. Meditate for 20mins at 530am every morning. What does that mean to me? I sit up, I close my eyes and I become aware of every breath. Meditation is proven to enhance your wellbeing. It increases mental focus and clarity, enhances positivity and joy, promotes mindfulness, and reduces inflammation.
2. No phone use between 9pm – 8am. This has taken time to become a habit but it impacts on my focus, productivity and concentration during the day.
3. Adhere to the “ 1 minute rule”: Any task that takes less than 1 minute to do, do it straight away. No waiting! For example: Put the washing in the machine, put the recycling in the bin, wash up a plate, file some papers…All those little tasks left unattended until the end of the day accumulate and take much longer to complete. So if it takes less than 1 minute I do it as soon as it needs to be done, rather than spend ½ hour at the end of my day doing mundane tasks.
4. Read 10 pages of a book everyday. A short daily commitment to reading enhances your retention, interest, and increases the number of books you can read in a year. Why bother? Reading is mentally stimulating, increases knowledge, reduces stress, improves memory and concentration, and it’s better than trashy TV!
5. Schedule and prioritise time. Every Sunday I look at what I need to do for the week ahead and schedule it in. Every night I wrote a list of my top 6 things to be done the following day. I don’t go to the next task until the one above it is crossed off. If something doesn’t get done, it goes to the top of the list for the next day. Simple!
6. Write a list of the things that I love that nourish my body and schedule them in. For example: Day spa, lunch date with friends, attending the Rest & Reset Retreat, go for a bush walk.
7. Keep active – yoga, riding, walking, HIIT, lifting weights, tai chi…whatever your body loves, do it 3-4 times a week. Your body and brain will love you for it.
8. Book a holiday months in advance – It gives you something to look forward to it and enhances your ability to save.
9. Create a vision board and set your intentions for all the goodness you want in your life. Then set achievable, measurable SMART goals and work towards the things that bring you joy. Scheduling time to work on these is important.
10. Sleep, hydrate and nourish your body well. 8 hours sleep per night, drink 2-3L water per day, and eat wholesome foods that limit refined sugars and processed foods.
What’s important is that you have the tools you need to get yourself un-stuck whenever you need to.
I’m a big believer in taking care of your mind, body, and soul every single day, and my technique for getting out a slump is to focus on doing things that are going to improve those areas of your life. Once you give your mind, body, and soul the attention they deserve, you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and more content with your life.
How does one do this? Well, if you’re in a rut and feel like you just need to press the reset button, here’s how to get your mind, body, and soul back on track!
Reset your mind, body, and soul with this simple plan!
1. DRINK LEMON WATER FIRST THING.
Start your mornings off with a big dose of hydration by drinking a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon. Lemon water helps rejuvenate dull skin, and also helps you digest food better so you’ll be less bloated throughout the day.
2. DO A SELF-CARE POWER HOUR.
If you want to start or get back into a morning routine, try squeezing in some good ol’ self-care with the power hour method. I have a whole post about this here, but basically you want to spend 20 minutes doing something for your mind, then your body, and then your soul. It’s the number one thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.
3. TREAT YO SKIN.
Brush: I love dry brushing my skin before a shower because it gets your blood flowing, unclogs pores, and helps to remove any dead skin. Start at your feet and move upwards in long sweeping motions toward your heart. Here’s a dry brush I’d recommend.
Scrub: What better way to get your skin back into it’s supple state than with a good body scrub. I’ve been loving this Honey Almond Body Scrub from 100% Pure.
Glow: If your skin is looking a little lackluster, rosehip oil is an amazing thing to use on your face before bed because it helps even out skintone and creates a glowing complexion. Try this Organic Rosehip Oilfrom Teddie Organics!
4. GET SOME FRESH AIR.
Go outside on your lunch break or whenever you have 10 minutes to spare (*cough* make the time) without your phone, and take some time to notice your surroundings, feel the air on your skin, and take in some long, deep, and reflective breaths.
5. DECLUTTER YOUR DIGITAL LIFE.
Give yourself fewer options for distraction by deleting apps you don’t use, emails you don’t need, and bookmarks you aren’t going to read.
6. UP YOUR FRUIT AND VEGGIE INTAKE.
Maybe you’ve been feeling a little lethargic from your food choices lately. If so, try adding in more of the good stuff – think fruit smoothies with spinach, a hearty salad for lunch, and a big ol’ pile of veggies as a side for dinner. Sometimes we immediately try to cut things out when we’re trying to get healthier, but adding things in is a much better approach in my opinion.
7. TRY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS.
Give yourself some words of encouragement, even if it feels silly (trust me, I know it does). I like to write mine out on notecards and read them each morning before I get out of bed. Think about what you struggle with and turn them into positive statements. Here are some ideas:
• I am safe and secure
• I have everything I already need
• I am a unique and interesting
8. FRESHEN UP YOUR DESK SPACE.
I recently rearranged by entire desk space at work, and it’s amazing how a little change can increase your productivity tenfold. Give your area a clean down (try this Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner), move things around, and get rid of any clutter you don’t need. I also recommend keeping a room mist like this one to freshen up your area whenever you need to.
9. FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME.
“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” – Ron Swanson
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, get serious about your priorities and figure out what you can set aside for now. Focus on one thing at a time, even if you’re afraid of forgetting something. Also, read this post about what to do when you have too much to do.
10. GO SOMEWHERE NEW.
Even if you can’t get very far, explore a town or area near you that you’ve never been to. Maybe find a new trail to walk on, a different coffee shop to work at, or even just take a different route to work to switch things up. Once you change your routine a little, you’ll be out of that slump in no time