Time for you
by Clare Ward,
Whether it's been a hectic time at work, or the school holidays that have wiped us out, there are always times when we need to stop and focus on our selves.
You may not be able to squeeze in a massage or facial, but here are some easy things that take 20 minutes or less to concentrate on you.
- Read that book you've been wanting to for ages. Books are like a holiday for the mind, taking us to different times and places. They can be mind-expanding, challenging us to explore new concepts or perspectives. It is proven to reduce stress and enhance relaxation.
- Do an online fitness tutorial, whether it's HIIT, yoga, pilates (or anything else!), your mind and body will thank you for it. The rush of endorphines and sense of satifaction will last throughout your day.
- Yoga Nidra is a powerful form of rest, as well as helping reduce anxiety. Our brains are taken from the active beta state initially into alpha waves, which is when seratonin is released. You then drop into delta waves, mimicking when we are in a deep sleep. 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is thought to be equivalent to 2.5 hours of sleep.
- Self massage has been used for centuries across many cultures. It's seen as a way to rejuvenate your mind, support your largest detoxification organ (your skin), stimulate your bodies circulation and energy channels and help you connect and celebrate your body. It's purported to help reduce stress and improve sleep. If you haven't got time for your full body, try a few minutes of simple foot or hand massage. It's incredible the difference the power of touch can have.