Yes, the festive season is upon us. The hunt for presents, outfits, food ordering and planning are now getting more eminent.
So have you got all you need for the holidays? Have you thought of everything? When you think of getting ready, you likely focus on what to buy, where to be, with whom, how to plan, organize, travel and the list goes on. No doubt all the practical aspects are vitally important pieces for enjoyable festive celebrations.
Yet one thing could help you, as you are in the heart of the action. Especially when you feel drained and tired. It is what’s enables you to bounce back from highly stimulating activity: Time Out/pauze
Does it sound counterproductive? When you need to pack so much in such little time, why should you take a time out? First of all, if you are feeling tired or drained your body is telling you to slow down. Honour these signals even when your list is still far from completed. Even in the busiest times, we should be able to take at least 10 minutes to relax.
Just as you won’t bike very far with deflated wheels, taking the time to stop and care for the tire will get you further and faster in the end. Similarly the time you dedicate to yourself, let it be focused, complete, and embrace it to the fullest.
Pauzing shortly from our daily routine helps support our nervous system. Our bodies can switch to parasympathetic mode or rest and digest: this restorative state stimulates digestion, initiates several metabolic processes and enables us to relax.
How to take Time Out at work and home?
Make it practical:
Take a bath before bed > opt for Epsom salt baths with a dash of your favourite scent; Lavender and chamomile are calming for instance. Epsom salts high Magnesium content is absorbed through the skin and contributes to muscle relaxation. As a co-factor, Magnesium participates in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body including energy production.
Go for dark leafy greens and nuts > they are high in Magnesium; add them to your meals and snacks.
Listen to your favourite music at lunchtime or during the commute > no email or shopping. Just disconnect truly; even for 3 songs.
Perhaps you are able to make time? If for you, being ready means feeling in touch with your body and mind then, why not offer yourself - or someone who needs it - a craniosacral therapy session? It is a great opportunity to engage with slower processes of your body for a mindful rest.
Amina is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist and Nutritional Therapist. She has always been passionate about complementary medicines. When she used to work in a highly demanding corporate environment, complementary medicines gave her resources to deal with the stressful nature of balancing work and life demands. She is on the board of Made In Hackney, a local community kitchen promoting affordable food good for people and the planet.
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