Take 7 minutes out of your day and try this practice.
Juggling umpteen roles alongside being mumma, career woman and provider can prove to be overwhelming at times.
Currently, I’m in the Welsh Hills for what I’m now calling ‘my mental health break’. I plan to install them regularly throughout the year!
I do tend to take breaks whether it’s shutting down the wifi at home for a couple of days and getting outside or taking myself away from it all. Like now.
These few days come after a particularly intense time where I’ve felt overwhelmed and lost in a whirl of thoughts.
I needed to get away from my environment so I could take a different viewpoint and perspective on life back home.
I’ve got big plans and back home I was getting bogged down in the mundane and needed to break habitual patterns.
I’m finding these breaks are vital for my growth as a mumma, entrepreneur and teacher.
We can’t all take these breaks at a drop of a hat and I’m a firm believer that little and often (as in every day) is better than getting to breaking point…
Simple, small daily actions are way better than one grandiose thing.
I admit, I’d got lost in work and life and forgot most of the simple, small things so be warned. It happens though right.
For me the signs that I’m doing too much are things like my right neck and shoulder feel tight, I find it hard to switch off, I feel tense and am more shouty, I haven’t got time to make myself lunch let alone clean the house. What are yours? Get to notice what they are, these are your signposts.
The more we are giving out in our lives to family, jobs, social lives then the more we have to give back to ourselves and go in.
Knowing the signs, doesn’t always make it easy to change my ways though. It takes awareness and then action and sometimes we are too busy being a whirling dervish to be able to stop. That’s why its good to know the signs so you can change a few things before you get to burnout point.
Energy is our currency - we need to look after ourselves daily.
The thing is I love what I do - do you? I know I wouldn’t want to do anything else. This also comes with challenges as I can often find myself working too much.
So in order to make sure I’m not running on chocolate bars and adrenaline, i’ve had to put a few things in place to look after myself.
if you’re already feeling overwhelmed, these are my top 3 tips to integrate asap.
- Create a clear relationship with your phone and computer - factor in breaks and days off.
- Take 20 mins every day to do something healing - meditate, walk outside, exercise, good chinwag with a friend, anything that feels like it's doing you some good.
- Cancel all non-essential things in the calendar - be brutal - Even that cuppa with someone who you feel you ‘ought’ to meet but don’t really want to. Be realistic - what can wait?
Simple right. Let me know how you get on.
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“I don’t have enough time’
Yet if we really question it, is that true?
I know this used to be one of my most common excuses.
What I really meant was I’m doing too much and can’t see the woods for the trees. Let alone take anything else on.
In this simple 7 step approach, you'll find practising yoga at home more accessible.
It’s incredible how just 7 minutes a day can change how you’re feeling.
I’d invite you to try it for one week and note how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally.
Notice any differences in how you go about your daily life.
When I first started my home practice I set myself unrealistic goals.
Like - I must practice 1.5 hours each day on my mat.
Whenever I failed to meet that ‘goal’, my inner critic had a field day.
A daily movement practice helps build an intimacy with ourselves. It connects mind, breath, spirit and body when done with awareness.
By setting an achievable ‘goal’ you’re setting yourself up for success.
Whether you are a beginner to yoga or an experienced practitioner, doing yoga at home can present challenges.
To support yourself - choose a time of day to do it for a week and set the timer for 7 minutes.
That's it, just get into the habit of coming to your mat and marking out a part of your day for yoga.
This is the prime time for the mind to come in with “but I've got kids” or 'I don't have enough time'.
You wouldn't think twice about brushing your teeth.
Consider this your internal daily cleanse to release accumulated stress and tension.
3 Make space
The hardest part can be to just get on the mat.
Lay it out the night before.
Morning time is ideal to practice, before excuses get in the way.
If you’re more of a night person, lay it out before you leave home that day.
Dedicate a space in your home that you can use for your practice.
Don't worry if it has other uses, doesn’t matter where, just make sure there is enough space a yoga mat.
All you need to do is 7 minutes. That's it. Every day.
4. What to do
Here's a simple sequence you can do. If you prefer to follow something, try MFML, YouTube or suchlike.
Start by sitting - as comfortably as you can - lean up against a wall if you need. Take this time to arrive into your space.
Take three breaths - sigh out the last one through the mouth, to release.
Move onto all fours to do cat and cow. (see youtube if you’re not sure what this is)
This will warm up the spine..
Come to stand.
Inhale arms up.
Hold right wrist with left hand and stretch up then lean to the left as you exhale.
Press right foot down to lengthen the stretch.
Inhale to centre.
Repeat other side.
Fold over your legs
Hold onto opposite elbows
Take 3 deep breaths here.
If you feel you can lengthen the legs here, do it on an exhale.
Place them on the mat.
Take your left foot back to come into a lunge position.
Extend top of the head forwards and back heel backwards.
Take 5 breaths here and repeat on other side.
Lie on the back and rest for 1 minute.
5. If at first you don't succeed
The biggest challenge is discipline.
Don't be disheartened if you skip a day (or week).
Just get back on the mat.
Find what inspires you, Poetry, dance, music, a yoga book.
Whatever it is, your practice is personal to you.
Enjoy it and savour the time out for yourself each and every day.
You are bound to come up against resistance but KEEP GOING.
This is where you make breakthroughs in your practice and in your life.
When you don't feel like it (and this will happen).
Still go to your mat but perhaps just lie there breathing on your back for 7 minutes or start with one of your favourite poses and see where it takes you.
I find that if I don't THINK about it and just get on the mat it all flows effortlessly.
7. When you have more time.
Make a cup of tea, light your candles, write in your journal, pick an inspiration card.
Whatever it takes to get your interest going and for you to enjoy it.
This is your time, enjoy it, savour it, it’s precious.
The mind and your life will come up with lots of distractions and excuses.
Make a commitment to change the unhelpful daily habits (like waking up and checking your phone) to more beneficial ones.
You'll notice a difference in how you deal with your life once you start this daily 7 minute practice.
Meditation isn't all sugar and spice. It can be challenging. However, what it gives you is a gift. It can be my decompression chamber.
For me, i am lighter, nicer and more compassionate after I've meditated.
The other day I was playing with Lyra and balancing on a ball. I said 'wow, I feel really steady'. She said 'that's 'cos you meditated mummy'. My little guru.
When I sit sometimes, It's like I have to sit with all the uncomfortable 'bad bits' to allow them to release up and out of me. Leaving the way for a lighter, brighter kirsty.
Today, I sat with the anger that rose up in me as my dog licked and made loads of noise continually for what seemed like ages. How dare you when I'm meditating (I know, I can see the irony in all of this). So, I sat with those sensations, noticed where it came from in my physical body and where it went. I allowed it to be.
My 'go to' is to tell the dog to be quiet, today, I did that before then realising that this situation is about acceptance and being with what is.
When I did that and sat with it and let things just be, I then fell into a deep state of awareness, the place beyond anger, emotion. I felt like I sunk deep into my own body, yet I was a vastness. It felt comforting, steady and rock like. I feel like I've released a layer within, meditation is an unravelling, you may not like everything that presents itself but it's healing at a cellular level.
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The steadiness of cattle, a horse snorts.
The drone of cars, why are you there?
I listen again, it’s more like the huge surge of an ever rolling wave.
The bird of prey catching the thermal - he spends some time over me,
my shadow long in the morning sun.
He seems wonders about me then leaves to continue his search.
The muddy acorn leaves covered, wet, brown yet when you look,
you see the different shades.
You see the beauty in everything when you look again.
The green of leaves with a shimmer of silver grey. Mystical.
The fallen tree creating a cave of magic at it’s base, uprooted, fallen, glorious.
I soak up the strands of sun through the trees as I stand facing her in all her majesty.
The babbling brook racing water over pebbles, stones and creating soap like suds at the edge, a bottle caught between the rocks - the remnants of someone being asleep. In a world that craves our awareness.
Then, suddenly something comes over me, this place, a rustle of leaves as the wind breezes through
- magic is afoot here -
nature in all her wonder sharing her wise ways with no need for us to interfere
- adjusting and swaying, growing and dying, rejuvenating and regenerating when all around seems dead.
The cycles she knows oh so well and we have - in the main - chosen to forget.
In this moment, there is a remembering.
Can you feel it?
Something has shifted
We know it has already begun
and those of you in touch with your
Being, I know you have been waiting.
And whether or not you knew, the wisdom is inbuilt.
You are feeling it yet it is strange, different.
This is nothing to attain. Trust, talk, breathe.
Let your essence reach out from the depths. Dust off
that jewel of being as you shift your attention inwards.
Travel nowhere to arrive home.
The call is to be present, to feel, to be.
There is healing in allowing.
That I know for sure.
These times are untrodden as yet, theres an anticipation, a freshness.
Perhaps even titilation.
Stay in your heart.
Stay with your breath.
Practice deep loving respect for yourself. More than ever.
Know that when you stay close to yourself, you are like a mountain. Gather with like-minded beings as you dive into this new phase. This new realm.
Embrace Your Essence.
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Why did I start a business with them?
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This is network marketing, it's not a dirty term, its smart and it works so well for doTERRA because the products are so good. They have got people to share their products because they are confident in the quality plus there's a learning aspect so its much wiser to have it taught by a human. Whenever a friend raves about something, don't you want to know? This is all this is.
Nature has our back and doTERRA know how to treat the plants so that the chemical composition stays the same and therefore the most effective.
I love that I'm practically all natural at home these days. My health has improved dramatically. From having adrenal fatigue, I now have energy and feel full of vitality. My skin and eyes are clear. I feel fantastic. I know when my daughter is ill, I've got something that can help her. I know when emotionally I need support, I've got it to hand.
This is a company that has invested billions into changing lives, into charity projects, into making real differences in people's lives. In September, I get to go to Lesvos to volunteer on a refugee camp, all because doTERRA are involved.
From building my own doTERRA business Ive been privileged to empower people in their health choices, not only for them but for those around them.
These products are natures bounty, their chemical compounds know how to work with our bodies, they know how to interact. In an age where a majority of products around us are full of toxic chemical crap, we need to educate ourselves in natural, effective alternatives. And that's what I've been doing. I love teaching people how to make the changes. I get so excited learning and teaching about them. It's infectious. In a good way ;)
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It's obvious to us all that we need to prioritise down time, every day. I recorded this in 2014 but it's even more relevant today. The body naturally wants to heal, we just have to give it the space to return to that state of equilibrium. Balance all systems of the body and by doing this, the mind gets to release its grip of thinking. Over time. It's a practice, I invite you to practice this for one week and notice the difference.