I work full-time as an online marketing manager where at moment the main objective is to increase conversion. Meaning I am on my screen more than 40 hours a week to make sure all online activities go as planned. I analyse the results of the platform and creating reports to demonstrate any increases. I am also training to run a half marathon. So usually after work, I train and run. Now I also enrolled for a Spanish course where once a week I practice my grammar and pronouncements with my teacher.
I also love playing the piano and because I don’t have one at home I go to the library where I rent a room with a piano. Last week while playing the playing the piano I noticed I was not in balance. Sure, playing the piano relaxes me but still, I could not get in balance. Don’t get me wrong I love my life and the work I do. But I couldn’t help but wonder… where did this feeling come from?
I am not sure if it had to do with the intense week I had or for being too hard on myself for wanting to do it all and do it well. But one thing was for sure I was not in balance. And when mind, body and spirit are not in balance it’s so easy to get all over the place. Feelings of anxious and frazzled creep in. These feelings are no fun to experience – for anyone. I put together a list of my favourite basic “stay-in-balance” techniques which I used his last week to re-charge and get balanced again. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself first.
– You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first –
O focus → R E L A X
Do a face mask. Get your nails done or do what I did DANCE IT OUT.
Get down on it & boogie. Do something that makes you feel relaxed
O focus → D I G I T A L D E T O X
One ticket to downtime.
Give yourself the night off from any screen time ( yes! this includes your phone)
O focus → C L E A N
Clean or reorganize your house.
You can also tackle that one junk drawer or shelf you know you’ve been putting off 😉
O focus → P U R G E
Use this time to get back on with your correspondence that you’ve been holding off.
O focus → D O N A T E
Giveaway 4 things from your closet you don’t need anymore.
O focus → H E A L T H
Make a healthy dinner tonight from scratch
O focus → E N E R G I Z E
Go for a run. Get some fresh air and reflect on the positives from your week.
– You gotta nourish to flourish –
More things for you to do to practice self-care:
P H Y S I C A L
- Get down and boogie – Dance!
- Go for a run
- Get a hug
- Play with a dog or cat
- Take naps
- Drink more water
- Try Yoga or Bikram Yoga
M E N T A L
- Read a book – don’t know which one, check out this book list
- Learn a new skill or language 🙂
- Do a DIY project
- Family movie night
- Meet someone for coffee
- Give someone a call
- Declutter / purge
- Meal plan
- Do something outdoors
E M O T I O N A L
- Talk with a friend
- Journal – write it all down
- Be braless for a day (!)
- Start a compliment file
- Forgive someone
- Set boundaries, be ok with saying no
- Pick your battles
- Forgive yourself