Do you go to bed at the end of it all feeling like you’ve been through the rinse cycle too many times and then been hung out to dry? Well if this is you, don’t worry – I have you covered. Here are five simple tricks for turning yourself into a cool calm success, instead of a hot crazy mess.
Get your sleep
Sleep is numero uno on this list because it can have a more profound impact on how you feel than almost anything else. In spite of this, sleep is too often the first thing to go when you get busy. Here are some tips to get the beauty sleep you need:
We hear so often that we are what we eat. The truth is that while we may reach for carbs or sugar when we feel stressed out and tired, it really is the worst thing we can do. Below are my top foods tips to get your body zinging:
Make time to restore
As a woman, you can spend so much time taking care of everyone else, that you end up feeling run ragged. It is so important to build in restoration moments to recharge and save yourself from burning out. Think about what you can do for yourself that will leave you feeling refreshed. It could be a bubble bath, a quiet moment with a cup of tea, a legs-up-the-wall yoga pose (http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/690), or a mini meditation. The key is to practice these things regularly, not just when you feel like you’re at breaking point.
Take a meditation break
Meditation. It is such a simple word, yet somehow it manages to strike fear into so many people. It doesn’t need to be scary. Endless research has been done into the power and benefits of meditation on the brain, the body and everything in between. It is a practice that can be life changing, so it’s certainly worth trying. To start, all you need to do is sit down, close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Follow your breath as you inhale and exhale through your nose. Start with 5 minutes and see how you go. That’s it. Build a practice twice a day, or whenever you need to bring in some peace and calm, and you will always have a powerful tool to heighten your well-being.
There is a chapter in my book called ‘There is no stress, only stressful thoughts’. You can read it to get the full gist, but the key is that the way we think about what goes on around us, is really where the stress comes from, not the event itself. If you can change the way you think, you can dramatically change your stress levels. Every thought you think is creating your future. Start keeping tab on your thoughts and language, including that voice inside your head. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, or you hear that voice telling you you’re stressed- stop. Use your breath to slow down and choose a different thought, a positive affirmation, to break that downward spiral. Your nervous system will thank you for it.
You are in control of your well-being, even when you don’t feel like you have control over anything! Use these simple tools to bring more moments of wellness into your day, and you’ll soon find more of that sparkle you’ve been missing for far too long.
For more tips like these, check out my book Getting Real About Having It All