Here you are, eventually!! It’s your well-deserved summer break.
Having met the needs of everyone else for a year, now it’s time for you to meet your own needs!
Working in schools, you are so busy ensuring the wellbeing of others that you sometimes neglect your own wellbeing.
Much like when you re-fuel your car and maintain it, the same applies to your own mental health.
With this in mind, I have put together a few ideas for you to press the pause button on your life, relax, and build resilience.
Go outside !!
Surrounding yourself in nature has been proven beneficial.
We all live near green spaces so make the most of it. Take your dog if you have one! This will have a positive impact on not only your mental health but your physical health too.
Nurturing something into life brings fulfillment and increases happiness.
Surround yourself with loved ones
When you look into the eyes or embrace someone you love, your body releases oxytocin. This is known as the feel-good hormone that reduces stress hormones, lowers blood pressure, and slows heart rate down.
Take a moment to breathe
Just sit quietly with a straight spine, feet on the floor and your shoulders relaxed. Bring your attention gently to your breathing, not trying to change your breath in any way, just your natural breathing in your own way and your own time. Keeping your full awareness to your breath place your hand on your tummy and notice the inflation upon breathing in and the contraction on breathing out. If your mind wanders don’t worry just notice where it has gone, thoughts feelings etc.
Be with your breath for a few minutes.
Get in touch with your senses
Find a quiet space and then ……
Look at 5 things in the room you are in with a beginner’s mind as though you have never seen a clock a pencil or a mug before, just really observe 5 objects.
Touch 4 things around you like fabric and furniture.
Listen to 3 different sounds, not trying to identify what the sound is but paying attention to the sound itself.
Bring your awareness to two different aromas in the room.
Just notice the one taste in your mouth. It may be something you have recently eaten or drank.
After what has been another intense year, these suggestions will support you in nurturing your own wellbeing.
Have a wonderful break and look after you!
Ask June testimonial – “Discovering mindfulness reminds me of the time I had my cataracts removed, I can see the world more clearly and I am aware of things I never noticed before” What a great metaphor for mindfulness!”
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