Self-care to foster Balance
In the long term, it leads to being worn out, to illness, and to disengagement from the people we love. On some level, we recognise that being “super busy” isn’t good for us, emotionally or for our physical health. We raise this topic constantly and we acknowledge the need to find balance and a sustainable level of self-care.
Balance is created when we choose to understand ourselves:
Part of finding balance is finding acceptance and understanding ourselves. When we recognise that a lot of things are out of our control, the mental buzz reduces and there’s less stress.
Draw a circle of things you can control: like your decisions, your responses, how you spend your time…and leave the rest outside.
It’s is very liberating to know we are not responsible for everything.
Balance is created when we choose to be vigilant in the protection of our priorities:
Too easily we get sucked into the busy-ness of life and we end up spending the least amount of time on the things we care about the most. Sometimes we need to stop and analyse.
Take a deep breath and think: “Is this what I want? Then we can focus on our priorities.
Balance is created when we choose to live in the moment:
The constant running thoughts of past and future events fills our body and mind with worries and guilt. Consequently, we automatically feel out of balance.
HOW can we get back to the here and now ?
🌿🌿 When we use our senses, we re-focus in the here and now, as they can only operate in the present.
Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other sense. The olfactory bulb is the only place in the body where the central nervous system is exposed to the environment. Hence our brain is designed to use aroma to heal and soothe itself, shifting our perspective and changing our vibe.
When you feel you are out of balance and need some “me time”:
Bergamot and coriander, such a nice blend!
🛀 If you enjoy baths, add salts and essential oils for further relaxation.
🧴Boost your creams with calming oils: apply on face and breathe from your hands.
👣 Apply calming oils on sole of the feet; in 20 minutes they are in every cell of the body.
It’s important to look for a good fit: whether it is a roller, a cream, a spray, a diffuser, inhalers, etc. You need to find what works for you to come to “the here and now” !
Balance is also created when we choose to Control our expectations:
Not everything has to be about success or failure, and we don’t have to be good at everything to enjoy experiences. One of my greatest joys is spinning. I do it for fitness and for fun. I feel the air and the sun on my skin, life’s drama is suspended, and nobody can talk to me. It is bliss. Bliss can be found in the ordinary. And you don’t have to be brilliant.
Taking time to really consider your priorities will help you weave self-care into your life in a meaningful way.
Finding balance can simply mean to live in the moment, accept that not everything is under our control, being protective of our priorities, listening to the needs of our whole self and responding with kindness.
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