“There aren’t enough hours in the day.”
“I can’t even get ten minutes to myself”
What about “time out”? Even with the best will in the world, modern life continuously demands our attention. We are constantly juggling work, family, friends and housework. Add to that the beep of multiple social media channels. What about ME?!!!
Have you thought to yourself, could everyone just go away and leave me alone? Have you ever yearned for a commitment-free Sunday, then when it comes around, lay in bed thinking I better get up. I don’t want to waste the day… but I don’t want to face the day either.
Life’s many pressures affect everyone in different ways, at different times and to different levels. Stress, anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed or overly emotional – the one thing they have in common is the need for us to find time to help ourselves before they control our lives.
Have you time to breathe?
Breathe properly? Take 5 minutes to just pause, breathe and think about you. What will build your strength and energy to better manage all the elements of modern life?
You know that cutting out alcohol, exercising and getting more sleep, talking to friends and accepting you can’t manage or control everything – you know these things will help but even just getting that organised can be stressful! So take an hour for you. An hour with no distractions.
An hour with just you and one other person in a room and you don’t have to do anything. Just breathe. Think about the different complementary therapies available and promise yourself to book one session. It’s more than an hour of time just for you, complementary therapies help in many ways:
Take a step back
Taking a step back clears your head and helps you see things more clearly. Treatments such as Reiki can clear the mind and improve focus as you feel grounded & centred. Reiki can assist the body in cleansing itself from toxins and supports the immune system.
Aromatherapy oils blended and used correctly in the home or as part of a massage are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while enhancing coping skills and resilience. Each essential oil has different therapeutic properties. As well as relieving stress and acting as an antidepressant, aromatherapy oils can increase memory, boost energy, improve healing, enhance the Immune System and improve digestion.
Massage does more than remove aches, pains and tension. It promotes harmony and balance in the body. It detoxifies and removes stress-induced blockages, whilst bringing relaxation to the muscles and calmness to the mind and nervous system. There are many different types of massage but they all help awaken the nervous system and boost the immune system – thereby healing the body and mind.
Different therapies help in different ways
Acupuncture can target specific areas to tackle everything from quitting smoking and suppressing appetite to lowering blood pressure and improving sleep. Whilst Reflexology encourages the body to work naturally to restore and maintain its own healthy balance. It won’t remove all the things stressing your life but it will help reduce the symptoms your body experiences such as insomnia or migraines. It can target digestive disorders and hormonal imbalances.
Attending a stress management class can help you learn a wide range of means of identifying, reducing and removing stresses and in doing so enhance your resilience. You can learn relaxation techniques to use at home or at work, every day.
The common theme for complementary therapies is the small amount of time you commit to yourself and the huge additional benefits your body and mind can benefit from. As a wise man said, just do one thing each day, to make a difference.