Take a Chill Pill – How to be Happy, Healthy and Beautiful in 2018 – Part 3

My next tip for 2018 is to take time out of EVERY day to connect with yourself!

How often do you take a few minutes each day to relax?

As in shut down your conscious mind and recharge your batteries?

I never used to either, for three reasons…
1. I didn’t think I had time
2. I felt guilty taking the time out
3. I didn’t really know how to!

Ask any women what their biggest challenge is and it’s nearly always lack of TIME.

Our lives are crammed full of responsibilities, jobs, appointments and tasks, we are so programmed to be busy we can’t bear it if we , so we cram in something else.

(If I had five minutes to spare I’d find a 10-minute task to fit in to it, then stress myself out as I ran late for the next appointment… sound familiar?)

Living like this affects our physical and mental health.
It screws our hormones and can make us fat!
(I’m going to be talking about this a lot more in the Simply Slim Club next month)

That’s what it did to me a few years ago!
It buggered my adrenals, upset my thyroid and left me in a right mess. I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I was an emotional wreck and my weight ballooned.

Imagine it, me, the “female fat loss expert” gaining weight despite following my own nutritional and workout advice!

The body just isn’t made to keep going 24/7 and the overload is making us sick, overweight and stressed out!
We push ourselves to the absolute limit, putting everyone before our health and ourselves.

It’s not our fault, our hormones during our reproductive years make us this way!

How often do you find yourself begging to have just 5 minutes to yourself?

Well in 2018 you’re going to start taking it, without feeling guilty!

It can be as simple as:

  • Taking a bath (without the kids, dog etc)
  • Have a power nap –  my personal fav – it feels so naughty at first but believe me, 10mins at 2.30 gives you super powers for the rest of the day!
  • Sit in the sun
  • Read a book
  • Perform a few yoga poses
  • Do some mindfulness
  • Listen to a relaxation audio (like the one in this month’s SSC)
  • Try some rescue breathes – breathing in for 4 seconds, holding for 4 seconds and breathing out for 8 seconds for 8-10 breaths.
  • Relaxation does not include scrolling Facebook or playing on your phone!

It may feel a bit naughty at first, even hard to do!

But think of it as an investment into your well-being, a deposit in your emotional bank account and chance to empty your stress bucket!

So you have room for the next 101 things to do!

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