The following is a guest article by Rachel Hurley, whose ideas match mine in regards to loving self. Enjoy!
Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or married with children, it is imperative you put aside a small portion of your day for a little ME time. The rigours of family life and the working world can wreak havoc on your confidence and self-esteem, whatever your situation, leaving you feeling disconnected from your life and swimming against a tide of self doubt.
Sometimes, we’re all so bothered about pleasing other people that we forget what’s really important to ourselves. But investing some time in yourself is by no means selfish – it simply gives you a little breathing room in a fast-paced and hectic society, where sometimes every second seems to have been accounted for.
Good for your body
If you have run yourself mentally ragged looking after the kids, your partner, or your boss all day, chances are you feel exhausted by the evening. However, exercise is a great way to help you exercise your body and stay fit, especially if you work in a stagnant office environment where no one does much moving.
The benefits of exercise on the body are well known – it can reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke – and actually makes you feel better about yourself. In fact, the endorphins you get with exercise often make you feel happier, more fulfilled, and more energetic – and of course there are the aesthetic benefits too.
Good for your mind
We all know we should exercise and eat well to ensure a healthy body – but did you know physical activity is also good for your brain. According to scientists at Cambridge University, exercise stimulates grey matter growth in the brain. Running and other aerobic activity can cause the formation of hundreds of new brain cells, which are used for learning and memory recollection. In fact, taking the time out to jog for 30 minutes every day may even prevent the deterioration of your brain in old age.
In addition, years of sedentary office work might reduce your mental capacity (even despite those “stimulating” spreadsheets)! So, instead of working late and staying in during the evenings, take some “ME time” and go for a run around the block. It’s good for your body and your mind.
Good for your soul
When was the last time you actually switched off? I know people who even take their smart-phones to the bathroom with them because they are so addicted to the constant stream of information. Between TV, radio, and all the internet-connected devices available to us today, we rarely have a moment’s peace and quiet to think about our lives, our hopes and dreams, and our aspirations.
So turn off the electronics for a little while and indulge in some technology free time. Think about what YOU want to do with YOUR life, rather than stalking your old college friends on Facebook. Meditation can help you relax and “get away” from it all, or you could even take some time to learn a new skill or take up a hobby.
Whatever you choose to do with your time, remember that you deserve to be the star of your own life – so start doing it your way, without being buried by a sea of stress.
Rachel Hurley is a writer and when she isn’t reflecting on life and what really matters, she enjoys grabbing a glass of wine and relaxing on the couch. Follow her on Twitter @Rachel_Hurley23.
Over to you…
Do you often find that you neglect self? How do you show yourself that you’re loving YOU? Please share your thoughts below!
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