Have you ever found yourself wishing that life had a 'reset' button? There have been so many times I've thought this to myself; after every setback, every mistake, every bout of anxiety, every overindulgence. The reality is that while we can't press reset, we can kickstart ourselves back to a healthy, positive, motivated state of mind. It just takes a little work. This blog post is based on the work that I've done personally to overcome periods of the 'blah's', and I can't begin to tell you how many times it's helped me get back on track to feeling well and good. My holistic approach focuses on three main areas of wellbeing; mind, body, and spirit.
- Daily meditation practice - carve out at least 10 minutes each day to meditate. If you're not sure where to start, you might like to listen to one of my free meditations on Insight Timer.
- Daily gratitude practice - take a moment each day to write down three things you're grateful for. This will help to boost your mood as it's physically impossible to be stressed or anxious and grateful at the same time.
- Practice self-compassion - be kind, caring and compassionate towards yourself. Treat yourself like you would a friend, and accept that nobody is perfect.
- Daily mindful movement practice - whether it be yoga, walking, swimming or any other form of exercise, make sure to move your body in a way that feels good.
- Clean up your diet - ditch sugar, processed food, alcohol and caffeine. Instead, drink plenty of water and increase your veggie intake.
- Eat mindfully - slow down and actually enjoy the process of eating. Switch off your TV, put down your phone, step away from your desk, and focus your attention on your plate.
- Prioritize sleep - getting an adequate amount of sleep is absolutely pivotal to feeling happy and fulfilled. So go to bed earlier, watch less TV and make sure to power down your devices at least an hour before bedtime.
- Recharge your batteries - make the time to fill yourself back up. You might like to draw yourself a bath, sit down with a good book, or treat yourself to a massage. It's important to give yourself the opportunity to stop and rest.
- Get creative - write, paint, draw or cook... make the time to do something creative, just for fun. Using our hands, mind and energy to do something creative is incredibly meditative and uplifting.
- Have fun - life doesn't always have to be so serious! Spend time with friends, have a laugh, try something new, or blast your favourite song and have an impromptu dance party in your kitchen.