With the daily stresses of work, commuting, bills and housework on top of trying to maintain a healthy diet, making time for exercise and, of course, trying to keep up a regular blog, can all become a little overwhelming at times. So when I had a moment to rest I took the time to have a flick through this month’s copy of OM Yoga Magazine and the “OM Mind” section really caught my eye.
Three articles in particular caught my attention, and together they gave great advice on how to step back from the rush. Here are my three takeaway messages from the articles, things I think most of us can relate to…
Banish Over Thinking
As a serial over-thinker, “Are You Being THUNK?” really resonated with me. Thinking is something we just do… without thinking! It’s hard to switch it off, and without conscious effort to just experience and live a moment, thoughts can easily negatively impact on our mood, health, relationships and peace. It’s important to find a balance, and this article helped to make me more aware of trying to switch off unnecessary and unhelpful thoughts.
An article on breathing techniques to help instill calm and “Breathe Away Stress” gave me a simple, but effective and easy to remember, meditation sequence to use whenever I feel overcome by stress or busyness. Giving up the busy life is hard; everything I do I either have to do, or want to do… but taking time to allow my breath to slow me down sometimes, as well as incorporating some of the wind down tips from the next article, should hopefully help create some balance in my crazy life.
Our constant consumption of data, tied in with busy lives and more gadgets than we can possible know what to do with, mean that going back to basics is not something we do often. So when I saw these 8 tips on how to slow down and restore balance in “Time to Unwind” I instantly took note:
- Turn off electronics
- Focus on yourself
- Say no
- Take a break from social media
- Sleep soundly
- Breathe deeply
“Say no” is one in particular that I always struggle with, whether it’s a favour for a friend, or an event or class I’m invited to. While these things are fun and fulfilling, if I said “no” more, perhaps I’d have more time to spend with the people who bring out the best in me and make me smile.
And as I’ve previously admitted I may be just a little bit hooked to social media! Do I really need to see yet another picture of a cat with dem crazy lolz? Add this to the fact that most of my social media scrolling is done on my smartphone, and I’ve already broken tip number 2.
So, even if it’s just once a week, I am going to try and incorporate all of these 8 tips in an effort to wind down from the modern stresses.
How do you unwind? Do you have any other tips on how to relax?
For more articles and mindfulness tips like these, you can check out OM Yoga Magazine’s digital subscription here.
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