I’ve talked about the theory, so what about the practice?
I cannot tell you how to relax. Only you can do that. Only you can decide how you can be kind to yourself.
I will, however, share with you what I have decided to try:
- 15 minute work rule: This one is very important to me. When I sit down to work, I take my phone and I set a timer for 15 minutes. When this time is over, I get up from my work and I take a break for 5 – 10 minutes. What I do in that time is different. Maybe I will meditate, maybe I will go and make a cup of tea, maybe I will talk to someone, maybe I will read something. I do what I feel what I want to do in that moment
- Get outside: No matter what the weather is like, I try to get out at least two times a day for about 30 minutes. Maybe in this time, I just walk around the streets where I live, or maybe I’ll go and get something nice from the shops. The important thing is fresh air. I talked before about the importance of breathing and part of that is to have new air to breathe. So be nice to your lungs and get out of the house!
- Do something funny: laughter is important. It is easy when you are working to become very serious. When you become too serious, everything seems to be very stressful. So do something which makes you laugh. Read a joke, watch a funny video or simply laugh for no reason, like this: hahahahaha!
- Post your ‘self care rules’ somewhere you can see them: it is easy to forget to follow new habits, so put your rules somewhere where you will remember to follow them. A copy of my rules is taped on my laptop so that I read them before I sit down. I also have a note on my bookcase in front of me to help me remember.
This is what I have so far. I don’t know if it will work, but I believe it will and I am happy to try.
So have a go. Experiment with different ways to be kind to yourself. If you are not sure what to do, ask yourself: what would I tell a friend to do? Then remember, YOU ARE that friend.
And remember, there’s no rush to find the ‘right’ way. You have the rest of your life ahead of you.
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