Today Noah, Granny and I went shopping in Leicester. It was a full on day. We were in town not long after 10 this morning and we didn’t get home until after 5. By the time we got into the car to come home we were all feeling pretty worn out. During the day we took a couple of breaks, one at Carluccios and one at John Lewis cafe. Just a few minutes with a cup of tea set us up for more shops. Probably we could have done with a few more stops and then perhaps we wouldn’t have felt so exhausted. The trouble was that Noah was desperate for an Elsa blue electric toothbrush so we really were on a mission!
This got me thinking about how our day reflects life. We spend our days going from location to location but how often do we actually have a pit stop. I know by the time I hit my pillow at night I can be so so ready to flop. If we can learn to take a break every now and then it can make a real difference to our stamina and our energy levels.
Think about yesterday. Did you actually stop and relax at any point? Did you rest your mind and body at the same time to allow your whole being a few moments off duty? If not then think about your energy levels and stamina, how were they? If they left a little to be desired then try to introduce some breaks into your day.
Making sure we drink plenty is a great way to help our bodies cope with the heavy demands that we put on them. Dehydration can make us feel totally zapped. I love drinking caffeine free Rooibos and caffeine free green tea. Try stopping every now and then and enjoying your favourite cuppa to the full. Rather than drinking it whilst you are doing other jobs try to make your tea and then sit down with it. Take in the aroma of the tea. Listening to your breathing until your tea cools enough to drink it. Each time you take a sip put the cup back down whilst you enjoy it. Don’t leap up and into action the second your cup is empty. Sit and relax for a minute and reflect on the enjoyment that you got from the cup of tea.
Do this a few time a day and you sill start to love the little ritual. Just those few minutes spent connecting your mind and body will make a real difference. You will become so much more aware of the way you feel and this will help you to take more care of yourself.