This feels so indulgent to do but also so much needed. I will be here at this pool for most of August which feels unreal as I finish up work and finalise all sorts of things.
Yet, switching off completely is something we seldom do. Four weeks is a long time – 28 days – 672 hours and no work!!
I know that many people will continue to work throughout August too but perhaps there are small ways to switch off:
- Read more – yes, I have a whole stack of books and magazines that I’ll be taking with me that I have not got round to reading. Perhaps there’s a book you’re longing to dip into – even just 20 minutes a day promotes wellbeing.
- Exercise and yoga – last time I went to France, very little of this happened but this time I intend to swim every day lots and do online yoga. I’ll let you know how that goes but what is your favourite kind of exercise – find time to do it!
- Go for walks – this is definitely doable every day and is a huge boost for wellbeing, fresh ideas, getting perspective and movement.
Every Tuesday in September we’ll be running live lunchtime mindfulness sessions.
We focus on being present and using breath and themes to help us to do this. The more we can be in the present moment, the more effective, grounded and happy we are.
Why not join us for a boost of energy and power?
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Writing – just 5 or 10 minutes a day is beneficial. I will be keeping on my gratitude journal but also just time to write down ideas and make space for fresh thinking.
Reflecting – right up there with writing – but just time and space to daydream, reflect, do nothing, Make a little time for this every day and notice how it transforms you
Playing games – yes, we’ll be playing silly board games for sure. It’s a great way to connect and have fun.
Digital detox – I plan to stay off social media and just be off my phone a lot more. I’ve downloaded some great podcasts and mindfulness recordings instead. Regular time OUT of your day and OFF social media and phones is probably one of the best things we can do and we don’t need to be on holiday to do it.
We need to take time for ourselves. We need to prioritise and normalise self-care. It is not selfish to fill your bucket first because if you don’t, you will soon have nothing left to give to others. Renewal and refreshing are vital – even if you are working this August, make time for YOU.