Remember how lovely it was to have days off around Christmas? Sleeping in, long lunches with endless cocktails and late nights without the worry of getting up for work the next morning? We didn't have the stress of checking emails and the endless to-do list. It was bliss!
Now you are back at work, are you feeling rejuvenated or burnt out?
It is very common to slip into old habits and become overwhelmed with life at the beginning of the year (don't worry, you're not the only person feeling like this.) As we catch-up from the silly season it can be difficult to keep the calm headspace with the endless responsibilities.
However, I vowed to make my well-being a ‘first priority’ this year and continuously keep a calming environment in our office and I encourage everyone to do the same.
Below is my seven day wellness experiment that I am starting as soon as this blog is published. FYI, this is a list of activities that I have found helpful for me in the past when I have been super stressed or anxious and they have not been recommended by any health professionals.
Day 1: Morning Meditation
I have done many yoga sessions and my favourite part of the class is the meditation at the end. So, before you roll out of bed and grab your morning coffee today, find a peaceful space, play a 10 minute YouTube guided meditation video and clear your mind before you start the day.
Day 2: Gratitude List
When things seem chaotic you may think it is the worst time to write a list. However, I assure you it is the best time. Reminding yourself of the important things in your life can refocus your mind and place you back into a calm state. Therefore, you are approaching the chaos with clarity and a different point of view.
Day 3: Go to Sleep
Isn't it funny that when we were children all we wanted was to stay up late? Now we are adults and we can't get enough sleep. It's time to be strict and set yourself an early time to go to bed. Our bodies need sleep so our immune cells and proteins get the rest they need to fight any income infections.
Day 4: No more scrolling
Television, laptop, phone, emails, Instagram and messaging, it is overwhelming to have so much technology in our lives. It’s time to schedule a ‘tech-timeout’. Every night before bed, instead of scrolling through the highlight reel of Instagram, reading the latest news article or clearing your inbox. Stop. Put the screens aside and pick up a book, diary or sketch pad and immerse yourself in that activity.
Day 5: Twilight Yoga
Yoga is an activity for the body and mind. The slow movement and breathing exercises help with flexibility, balance and blood flow. It takes patience, energy and dedication as the combination of mind and body strengthens through every class.
Day 6: Essentials Oils
One of the best feelings is walking into a florist and smelling the flora. So, how do we capture that moment and recreate it in our office or home? Order a diffuser and hand pick some essentials oils from your local health food shop. You will be amazed how they can transform the energy in a room!
Day 7: Change of Scenery
It is so easy to get stuck in a rut of obligations. However, sometimes all we need is a change of scenery to give us clarity and perspective. Jump in your car and venture outside your routine to explore the beauty that nature has to offer. This may completely revolutionise your mindset.