Getting a little personal here you guys…
It’s really easy to get caught up in day to day life and forget to take time off for yourself. Over the past six months or so, I’ve found myself working Monday – Sunday without taking much of a break to disconnect from email, social media, phone meetings, etc. I love all of the various “work” elements in my life whether its client meetings, blog projects, or new business ventures underway. I love to work because I love the hustle and I love being driven, but we are all human and sometimes I just need a break.
In my efforts towards practicing self love and relaxation to rejuvenate my hustle game even stronger, we took a weekend away to the land of no cell reception I’ve been practicing what I preach to come back stronger and refreshed. One of my favorite ways to relax is to put my phone on airplane mode, pour a cup of hot tea, and change into a cozy robe. I’ve been loving the classic Lipton Green Tea that I picked up from Safeway and I actually keep a few packets in my purse so I can enjoy a cup on the go too. I’ve long felt the antioxidants in green tea help recenter me, so I’ve really enjoyed this new ritual of making tea and relaxing. Boiling the water, selecting a cup, watching it steep– something about the practice melts away my stress from the day.
I’ve also tried experimenting with meditation to clear my mind–but I’ll admit I have trouble letting my mind relax without finding my thoughts wandering onto emails I need to send or to-do list items I forgot about. I start by sitting in a comfortable chair (or laying down if I really want to take a nap–ha!) and actively thinking about how my body feels in that moment starting at my toes and working my way up. I think meditation is a practice that takes time and gets better with practice, so I’m trying to do my green tea and meditation break once a day to carve out ‘me’ time.
After having this amazing weekend away, I definitely re-learned the benefits of taking time for yourself and taking it slow. Have you ever noticed yourself trying to do it all but forgetting to take care of yourself? Hopefully some of my tips can help you find that inner balance!
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