In an increasingly fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to remember to step back, slow down and look after yourself. It’s easy to use lack of time as an excuse, but these tips for adding some ‘me-moments’ to each day will help you press pause on your current routine.
Do more of what makes you happy
Being mindful of what makes you happy may seem rather obvious, but sometimes it’s hard to step back and take stock. It’s often the small things which bring the most enjoyment, but we are regularly guilty of overlooking them and fixating on other things, rather than simply reveling in the moment.
Maybe you love nothing more than a hot bath, the first coffee of the day or the feeling of climbing into a freshly made bed. Whatever it is that triggers those sentiments of contentment, take time to acknowledge it, be truly present and then make it a priority – just as you would a work deadline or social engagement.
Create and take pleasure in everyday rituals
We’re all culpable of falling into the trap of feeling too busy to indulge in a little me-time. However, if you look at ways to build these moments into your existing daily or weekly routines, it’s far easier to achieve and maintain them.
Bathing is a great place to start. Light a candle in the corner of your bathroom before you get in the shower or bath, or pause for a moment when you get out and massage a soothing pulse point into your temples. We also love to drape a robe and fluffy towels across the radiator or towel rail, like a warm hug when you step out. It’s little luxuries like these that make all the difference.
Press pause and clear your head
There’s nothing better to promote calm than taking time out to meditate or practice yoga. We’re not talking lengthy classes – simply set aside anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, pop on some comfy loungewear and find yourself a peaceful spot. You could even do a few gentle stretches before you get out of bed. Taking a few quiet moments for yourself before you get swept up and submerged in the detail of the day-to-day, helps you focus on your breathing and how your mind and body feel in that moment. With regular practice, you’ll soon notice you’re more calm and less distracted throughout the day – which, in turn, makes it easier to align your priorities.