It’s a really crazy time for us all right now. Working from home, home schooling, caring, the list goes on and on.  Work has been driving me crazy over the last couple of weeks. There’s been so much of it, that I’ve been driven to working 12 hour days to try and get it all done.

I need some me time!!

My body and mind are screaming at me that I’m overdue for some “me” time.  It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of constantly doing things for other people.  However, it’s essential to make sure we take care of ourselves too.  Sometimes that means stepping away from it all to spend some time on our own.

I’m normally quite good at juggling multiple responsibilities while keeping calm.  Crikey, I’ve been having to do it long enough!  Sometimes though, I find myself getting overwhelmed by the smallest things that have me bursting into tears or yelling at everyone.  It’s usually a good indicator to myself that I’ve got too much on my plate and I need to take a break. 

Meditation is one way I practice self-care. It has many long-lasting benefits. You don’t have to spend a long time meditating, 10-15 minutes is fine but you do have to be patient as it takes time to learn to relax and not let your mind wander off in different directions with distracting thoughts.

We all see the world in different ways.  There’s no one way to treat stress or encourage relaxation, it all depends on the way you see things.  A toolkit for the mind enables you to use different tools to fix different mental states and everyone has the capacity to adopt new mental tools, you just need to be open to the process.

Creating Calm

To help you create some calm in your day you take a look at LSW Mind Cards, created by Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Lili Sinclair-Williams. You can access LSW from here

Lili has also written an e-book called ‘getting to know you’.  It delves into what it means to be a truly authentic you, how and why should we get to know ourselves better and what the benefits are.  It’s full of exercises, journal guides and techniques.  Getting  to know you will help you to dig a little deeper and enjoy a journey of self discovery.  You can get the e-book from the LSW site here

Journaling

You can find out more about journaling for mental health here.

Playing Games

I love playing games to de-stress. I find them really therapeutic, they take my mind off other stresses happening in my life. Some of my favourite games are retro games like Tetris & Space Invaders. I also like games which flex my brain cells a bit more too like Mahjong Solitaire. You can find out more about how I like gaming to help my mental health here.

Additional reading

20 lessons I learnt during the pandemic

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