THERE are some very basic principles in rediscovering you, and none of it is going to be new to you – trust me on this.
THERE are literally endless magazine articles about how to nail this, all containing similar information so maybe, just maybe, there is something in this. Our relationship with ourselves is often complex, hidden with many twists and turns and emotions created from both positive and negative events – and so, for me, knowing yourself is a fundamental part to discovering how to return to the version of you before life got crazy.
PLAN your time: Planning is a VITAL aspect of regaining your time (and your brain). When you have kids, have a crazy life or run a business (or all of the above) It can leave your brain literally doing cartwheels. So by eliminating the constant brain crawl through all the jobs you need to achieve, it will leave it free to become more productive. There is a reason why all the leading slimming clubs get you to track everything. It creates accountability and also means you are significantly more likely to achieve results and stay on track.
STRETCH and warm up your body on a daily basis. Our engines have oil to help lubricate them, and we too need to start moving slowly. My other half used to teach Pilates to a group of O.A.P's. These were way more lively and fun than I had imagined but one day a softly spoken gentleman came up afterwards to tell us about how he now stretches every morning - and the difference was amazing. If it works for him then why not try it. Yes, I grant you that not all are as old as him, but why not stop our joints getting stiffer than they have too.
DESTROY the stress: however that might be. Make a list of all the things that are troubling you and then try to find a way around how to change it. Tackle one thing at a time otherwise it becomes overwhelming. A long term and short term plan will make even large goals seem attainable and you regain some vital control needed to make it easier.
EAT well: It is a recognised fact that your body won't work well for you if you don't supply it with all the right ingredients. There is a wealth of evidence to support how our brain function depends greatly on the full range of micro nutrients. Supply your body with what it needs and it will completely repay you. Also I am completely in love with the idea of balance. Cutting out alcohol completely, or stopping chocolate only causes you to think about them more. Learn to live in moderation and you will respect yourself more.
KEEP moving: match up your exercise to you goals. For example there is no point embarking on a month long Pilates program if your aim is to shed a stone by Christmas, what you need to do is find a way of matching what you need to achieve. You don't even need to sign up to the gym, there are many personal trainers working online to create and support you from where ever you are in the world.
SPICE up your life: I don't literally mean add in spice, although there is a lot to be said for adding more flavour to your food. What I actually mean here is to every week, try to do something which is out of your comfort zone. A new form of exercise, meet a friend you haven't seen for ages or anything which is out of the ordinary.
LEARN to laugh: Learning not to take yourself too seriously will also make your life so much easier. The constant pressure to make everything right all the time will leave you feeling burnt out and stressed. Let go of the negativity, and for me, the best thing is to laugh!
There is no golden rule as to how to live a happy and healthy life, you have to find what works for you. There are so many ways to feel better and more in control and that is what I spend my time helping my clients achieve.
After all, who doesn't want a better work - life balance