Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Taking Steps Towards Self Love

Self Love is something of a buzz phrase around here at the moment, but it's one I find it hard to resent. After all, how could looking after number one becoming trendy be a bad thing?! I often struggle to do what's right for me, mainly out of a strange sense of obligation I have to always be doing something and to always get things finished before I sit down.

I do however think that no matter how busy and hectic our lives are, there are steps that can be taken to minimise the impact always being on the go has on our health, both mentally and physically. Recently I've been exploring ways I can achieve this and while I definitely do slip I feel a lot better for it.

Switch off - After starting a new job recently I find I'm always on the go. Most of the time I don't have time to take a proper lunch break and I often stay late to get things done. Unfortunately that's just the way it is, but being at a screen for most of the day can make it hard for me to turn of my brain and give my eyes a rest before bed. I'm trying to use my evenings for chill time and not watch too much TV or waste time gawking at my Instagram feed. I also desperately need to re-introduce reading time because lately I miss spending time with a good book. We'll see how that one goes.

Eat well - I am failing massively with this one. I find self restraint with food rather difficult and have developed a serious sugar addiction. It doesn't make me feel great! I think most people battle with this one - convenience is more important to us than what the food we choose is doing to our body. I think for me the next step is a more structured meal plan to ensure I don't end up at the office vending machine with a grumbling tummy because I've skipped breakfast again. One thing I do fairly well at is drinking lots of water. I think it's helped stop the chocolate and Doritos from erupting my skin although I do still seem to get oilier when I eat poorly.

Exercise - When it comes to this I do OK, I usually manage to hit the gym 2-4 times a week depending on how busy I am and how tired I feel. I definitely don't run marathons, the chance would be a fine thing. Sitting at a desk for hours and hours can really harm our health though, so scheduling an hour or even just 20 minutes to hit the gym or get outside every few days is a must.

Experience - It can be difficult to motivate yourself to try new things or indulge your inner wanderlust when working Monday to Friday and struggling to balance work, money, relationships etc. It's important to realise though that there really are more important things that work and stressing out. Go visit an old friend, save up for a city break, go on a date, try the meditation class you've been wondering about - take time to really live your life!

Some bloggers make self love look easy as pie, but don't be fooled. Eating right, sleeping well and running 25k a week is no easy but taking baby steps towards a more balanced lifestyle could lead to you making a habit of it. Why not give it a go? I know I will be.


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