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I was reminded today about how important health is.
It’s important to remember that this is not just your mental health but also your physical health. There is always a lot going on in our world today, but it’s essential to spend some time and focus on yourself.
Taking a break might be what you need.
We all have commitments, whether it be a full-time job, a second job, starting a business, family, and the list goes on. We need to remind ourselves that taking time out for ourselves is crucial.
One thing I need to be reminded of is that it is okay.
So in this post, I want to share with you a few things that I do and some ideas that you could try.
The point is to allow yourself some time to reflect on what you are doing and take care of yourself.
Taking A Break
If you work multiple jobs, want to start a side hustle, have family obligations, or don’t have enough hours in the day, this is for you.
You need to allow yourself time to breathe. I cannot tell you how often I’m stressed out and don’t take time for myself. Then I remember it’s okay to do it. During that time, I find the solution I’m looking for.
We all need a little RnR in our lives!
If you don’t have enough hours in the day, that means you tend to work too much.
It might also mean that you have so many obligations deadlines that you are spreading yourself too thin. If this is you, then reread the title of this blog, and continue reading.
The main focus here is to get out, get some fresh air, or even change the location where you are.
You might also have days when you cannot get motivated to do anything. That’s a good time to sit quietly and focus on your breathing.
You will feel better after a few deep breaths (if you can sit there for a few minutes, even better).
Now let us get to a fun check-in for you!
- If you are sitting at a desk or looking down at your phone, what is your posture like?
- Are you hunched over and shoulders rounded?
I ask this because right now, mine are! This is an excellent time to focus on your posture. Even if you only fix it a few times a day, that’s better than never.
When was the last time you stretched? Do you work out, run, hike, and stretch before or after?
Personally, when I stretch for ten minutes a day, I feel a lot better.
Over the last few years, I have done a minimum of ten minutes of stretching. I have found doing this in the morning works best for me. But I think you should give it a try, it’s not a long time, and you will feel better!
If you work on a computer or spend a lot of time sitting, this is very important.
Try and build a few minutes into your day. If you work, you should be taking breaks anyway. May as well get in some movement.
You might even improve your productivity!
If you are interested in a quick video, I highly suggest Justin’s stretch flow routine with my friend (and previous coach).
This has helped me a lot over the last year. The best part is that it’s easy to do. I think you should check this quick two-minute video out below. If you are interested in a longer video, continue reading (but after watching Justin’s video).
I separated this section from the above one, mainly due to the feeling that yoga is something to do when you have more time.
At least from what I’ve done, it is generally around 20-45 minutes to get in a yoga session. If you are not experienced with yoga, let me say that it will kick your butt!
Again, the focus is on your body and moving around.
To get a little personal, I need to focus on my posture. I work a regular job and spend a lot of time on my computer. When I went to the doctor, I noticed I shrank by an inch!
Well, honestly, I was hunching over, so once I was told to stand up straight, I stopped hyperventilating.
Here is one thing you also need to fix. This is with stretching, yoga, and finding time outdoors.
Instead of saying, “I don’t have time,” you need to change your mindset.
Another way of putting it is that you aren’t prioritizing time for yourself. Taking the stretching example, instead of “I don’t have time to stretch,” it becomes, “I’m not making stretching a priority.”
Once you change your mindset, you will try and find ways to make the change.
There are many videos online dealing with stretching, yoga, meditation, and many more topics for your health. I recently found a video for spine stretches.
It is appropriately titled The Posture Fix.
If you enjoyed the video and want more information, I found they are offering a free trial with their yoga class.
It’s neat that they are focused on men getting into yoga, but honestly, anyone can join and benefit from their hundreds of videos, and they even have a posture fix blog.
Get Out And Move
If you want another idea, my advice is to spend time outdoors.
It feels great to get some fresh air whether you are walking, hiking, biking, camping, or just spending time with family on a picnic.
Having time outdoors is not only a great distraction, but it also helps you to focus on what is important to you. You might even get a few different ideas for your business or topics in your next blog post!
Where ever you are, you can also do a quick bodyweight workout, which has been my go-to type of workout recently.
Any movement you do will do wonders for your mind and body. The main focus is to get out and get moving.
I mentioned above about your mental health and focusing on your breathing.
Over the last month, I decided to take between five and ten minutes each day to meditate. I even put out a 30-day challenge on my blog.
If you have not tried guided meditation, you might be shocked at how amazing it is.
The main thing I have noticed is that I am more present now than I have been before. I have also applied it to my daily life of focusing on what is going on around me.
We all live in the past (thinking about what has happened) and the future (what will happen), but it takes time to be present.
This could be when sitting in the parking lot waiting for the workday to start or taking the time and listening to focused meditation.
There are many applications you can use. I have used Headspace and am currently trying the Calm app. But, a good free way to find guided meditation is on YouTube.
I know this is a different post than what this site is all about (starting a business or side hustle). But remembering to keep yourself healthy will help in all aspects of your life.
It’s important to know we all have 24 hours in a day, and it’s up to you how you use them.
On top of starting a business, blog, or another journey, Commitments will leave you feeling like you have no time for yourself.
But I challenge you this week to make yourself a priority. Even if it’s only a few minutes to stretch, you will feel better.
We are all busy and have obligations. We all feel guilty putting ourselves first, but guess what?
You will be surprised how much better you will feel. Think about taking a break, going for a walk, a bike ride, spending ten minutes stretching out, or a few minutes of meditation.
Not only will you be more relaxed, better focused, but you can bring others along with you!
Just remember that it’s okay to take a break.
While we are on this topic, What did you do for your last break? Leave a comment below!