How often do you take time off for yourself? Maybe read a good book, sleep in or just simply relax?
Time off is vital for the body to survive and for our mental health to recover. In the rush of everyday life, it can be easy for us to forget to take time out for ourselves and to rest. Yes, we sleep every night, but is it always quality sleep, or do we spend most of the night tossing and turning, dreaming of what we need to do tomorrow?
Although we may have the weekends off, not always do we use them for ourselves. We can quite often be catching up with friends and family, going on adventures or just running around preparing for the week ahead.
Every summer for two weeks my family and I go away to the New South Wales coast. Now, due to genetics, I am not a very big beach person. A quick swim and then home to the safety of shade is all I need. This is why I love it, because in the times where I’m lounging around at home or sitting on the deck, I am becoming the most relax I’ve been in a very long time.
Today, I got rid of the one toxic concept in my life – social media. Although I have tweeted about this blog post going live to let you all know, but apart from that social media is gone. I am currently using my phone for all of my internet usage and so, I have uninstalled Facebook and Twitter – the two main social media platforms that I use. I find that I am not completely relaxed if I am always checking Facebook and twitter for the ‘latest’, when I know nothing has changed between now and 5 minutes ago when I last checked it… Instead, I am going to enjoy the beautiful scenery around me – I mean look how beautiful it is where I am:
In light of it being summer and a new year, I challenge you all to find time for yourself. Read a good book (I’ll leave my recommendations below and in the side bar), eat whatever foods you want, try your hand at meditating or yoga, switch off from the world of social media!
Let me know your favourite book to read when you’re relaxing down in the comments or on any of my social media platforms (which I will check when I get home from my holiday!)