Every day is often full of things that we are committed to do. It could be a combination of many things including.…work….family responsibilities…..study…. catching up with friends. Sometimes it is tempting to squeeze more into the day, to keep going a little bit later into the day or evening or to get up a little bit earlier in the morning to fit it all in. Sometimes we try to do several tasks at once thinking this way we will manage to complete everything. As this happens less and less time goes into the activities that nurture our wellbeing. When this happens that balance between “work” and relaxation that is so important for our wellbeing can be disrupted.
There are lots of things that can help restore the balance, nurturing our wellbeing and building resilience to deal with what comes our way each day. Maybe some of these are things you enjoy doing and would like to do more of:
- Going for a walk, even if it is a very short walk
- Spending time playing with your kids (10 minutes regularly is enough to make a difference to you and them)
- Taking time to sit and enjoy your coffee rather than drinking it on the run
- Having a lunch break rather than eating in front of the computer
- Listening to music
- Sitting outside and enjoying your surroundings
- Going for a swim
- Going for a run
- A hobby
- Going for a drive
- Doing one task at a time
- Eating as healthy as you can
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Spending time with others with whom you can relax
- Watch a movie
- Try a sport
- Try something creative
- Try something new
- Be more physically active
- Have fun
Restoring balance can begin by making small changes that might only take a few minutes each day. Pick something that you will enjoy doing and is achievable, something that does not require you to make huge changes for it to happen.
Our brains and bodies need this balance between being busy ”doing” and having time to relax, be calm and rejuvenate.