When was the last time you stopped and just enjoyed the moment? This is something I ask myself on a fairly regular basis and is something that I am becoming more and more aware of especially as the daily pressures of living mean that we are often rushing from place to place and thing to thing, not really taking a moment to actually savour the moment.
When I did my mindfulness course this was something that I was taught and has helped me to control my stress and anxiety levels, just to stop what you are doing, even just for a minute, breathe deeply and just take a moment to appreciate the environment that you are in. The brilliant thing about this is that it can be done anywhere – in the office, at home, travelling, literally anywhere. Notice how you are breathing, what feelings your body is experiencing, the quality of the light, the sounds around you and just enjoy those things for a moment.
You can take longer than a moment if you are out walking then spend some time noticing all the little things you are enjoying, all the sensations you are experiencing, or if you are taking a break with a cup of coffee, just take time to notice all the little things about it.
when was the last time you took time to enjoy the moment? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Winding down in the evening is essential for our brains to disassociate from the day and prepare our mind and body for a good night’s rest in order to prepare ourselves for the following day and all that we have planned. Today I am sharing my Top 10 ways to wind down in the evening.
- Have a hot bath with lots of bubbles, not only are you mentally washing the day away but you are increasing your body temperature and soothing any aches and pains.
- A warm drink, I love a cup of tea or hot chocolate which not only feels like a treat but has become part of my nightly routine and now acts as a trigger to mentally switch my brian into unwind mode.
- A good book that you can get lost in, even if only for a few pages can help you to forget about all the troubles that have crossed your path in the day.
- Watching a show on tv.
- Mindfulness (I love the app Calm which has lots of really good meditation and mindfulness exercises)
- Gentle stretching which helps to release any tensions built up in your muscles over the day
- Journaling, whether it is good things that have happened in the day or something that has annoyed you, getting thoughts out of your mind and onto paper can help to stop you dwelling on them in the night
- Preparing for the following day – getting your clothes, lunch and other things sorted can help avoid any morning stress
- Calming music, I really love to listen to a cd of New Age Music called Stonehenge by Runestone
- Aromatherapy oils, pillow spray or rollerball aromatherapy oils (such as these by Tisserand). Scent plays such a big part in how we feel and lavender has been linked to making us feel calm and relaxed which is why it can be found in so many “relaxing” fragrances. I find that applying the Sleep Better fragrance to my pulse points after a bath and before bed can really alter how I feel and help me to unwind and relax.
- And, an extra to my Top 10, but only on a Friday or Saturday night 😉 , a small glass of wine and a bit of chocolate!
What are some of your favourite ways to unwind in the evenings? I’d love to hear about any ways you unwind, so let me know in the comment!