It’s so important to take care of yourself, especially during these trying times. Too often, we feel like we need to always be doing something or thinking about something. We rarely give our mind, or our body, a chance to rest.
An awful lot goes into taking care of ourselves. We have to eat right, drink plenty of water, get exercise and get a good night’s rest. Even when we do all that, sometimes, we still feel drained. I think very often, it’s our mental state that we tend to ignore — people today feel the need to always be planning, going and doing and more often than not, it’s we who put those demands upon ourselves.
This was sent to me by a facebook friend and I’m pleased to share it with our readers:
Good advice! Not every moment of the day needs to be planned out. We don’t need to always say “yes” to other people. It is perfectly okay to just do nothing and to just not think. For me, it’s the thinking that gets to me. I think about everything and it’s so draining. I’ve tried a lot of techniques to clear my mind and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. If you’re like me and you dwell on things, try some mindfulness techniques to clear you mind and bring you back into the moment. I feel that clearing one’s mind is purely personal — what works for some, may not work for others.
The key is to be aware of your personal needs and to once in a while, refresh your mind and body. I happen to think the tip “if you’re fed up with the news, turn it off” is a really good one, because people today are saturating their mind with news. Turn it off! Here are a few starter tips for clearing your mind:
Distraction: when your mind is swirling with too much noise, try a relaxing alternative, like painting or needlepoint or woodworking. Anything that takes your mind off the endless rumination and focuses it on something more productive. There are lots of great hobbies, so find the right one for you.
Journal: consider starting a daily journal. Even if you only spend 15 minutes jotting your thoughts down, it does help to clear your mind, because you’re getting them out of your head and down on paper.
Organize and declutter: this is one of my personal favorites. Once I open that pesky closet and start to organize it, I find that I get rid of junk and as I see progress, I become motivated to keep going. It can really help to channel those random thoughts that are banging around inside our head.
Seek help: whether from a trusted friend, a family member or a qualified expert, sometimes, we just need outside assistance to help us get rid of those thoughts and feelings we’re ruminating over.
There are many ways to take care of ourselves and I like the advice Jeff Foster gives us in the graphic above — time does not always need to be filled.