It is really hard sometimes to focus on one thing during this strange time we are living in, and I see a lot of hype on social media about getting stuff done whilst we are staying home. This can create pressure to be achieving all the time, but it is equally important to relax and have fun too.
Sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming and I often don’t know which “task” to do next, but one thing I’ve found really helpful is listening to podcasts. The Happy Place by Fearne Cotton is a really great one is are totally free to download.
This particular podcast is super popular and has a mix of calm, peaceful and motivating content from Dame Kelly Jones speaking about her childhood experiences and overcoming adversity, to Joe Wicks of daily PE fame sharing his life story. They are between 30 and 60 minutes long and I normally listen to them while I’m making everyone’s breakfast, or on my daily walk.
Meditation is something I really enjoy too. Recently a bunch of beautiful, like minded humans I know decided to commit to a 21 day meditation challenge. This was pre covid-19, but what I learnt from the daily meditations has really helped me to stay positive during the last few months.
Meditation might be shrugged off by many of you reading this as a bunch of hippies sat around chanting, and yes that is a common image of it. However, many millions of people around the world who incorporate meditation into their daily lives report a whole list of positive affects some of which I include here; reducing stress, controlling anxiety, lengthens attention span, better sleeping patterns, reduces age related memory loss, reduces high blood pressure, and can generate kindness.
If you fancy giving it a try here there are a few podcasts and apps for beginners I recommend - Headspace, Calm and Insight Timer.
I am a huge advocate for yoga and will usually bore the face off anyone willing to listen about it. It is not about getting an amazing yoga body, although that would be nice, the purpose is to connect with yourself through your mind, body and consciousness, or spirit, depending on your beliefs.
If you find you have a space 20 minutes please just give it a go. One of my favourite instructors is Zephyr Wildman, she’s on social media and has a fantastic website.
If you have any suggestions about health and wellbeing, please share with people. It’s great to share and learn from others. Have a brilliant day whatever you are doing and remember to take time for yourself.