Wednesday morning, alarm goes off, perhaps you press snooze a couple of time to gain just a few more minutes in bed. When you finally surface from your slumber it’s all systems go, pack husband/children off to work/school, get yourself a healthy breakfast making sure you give yourself the very best start to the day. Nursery run complete, school run complete, work run complete – just a few minutes to catch your breath and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Once your day at work is done, the treadmill starts again with school pick-up’s, after school clubs, tea, bath, bed – the list goes on. It may be nearly 9pm before you finally get a chance to sit down and relax, or maybe this is when you find the time to fit in some exercise, but are you choosing the right form of exercise?
Do you realise that over-exercising can be every bit as bad as not exercising enough and if you are already stressed, placing more stress on your body in the form of movement and exercise (physical stress) can cause burn-out, illness or injury. Therefore it is important that you plan time in your week to build energy and vitality into your body, through any kind of mind/body class (stretch & relax, yoga, Pilate’s).
“He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden” Plato, The Republic
Take time out for yourself, even if it is just 15 mins a week, or even 1 hour….
Having had two babies and two very large bumps to match, I worried that my stomach was never going to be the same again. I could feel a concerning gap down the middle that I just didn’t think was ‘normal’. Finding the right kind of help was difficult and I spoke to so many different professionals. None of them seemed to give the right guidance, but I was determined to do something about it.I found Emma online and went to see her straight away, thank god I did! It has been an absolutely fantastic experience and an eye opener to how such simple things could make a massive impact. Emma was great, after an initial assessment a tailor-made program was put together for me that I could do easily in my own time and around the hectic life that comes with two small children.
We also looked at ways to improve my diet and restorative activity to aid the recovery. Emma stayed in regular contact between sessions offering advice and support along the way. I can’t thank her enough for the changes she has encouraged me to make. I am wearing clothes I had lost the confidence for! I will continue to live by a healthier lifestyle and increased exercise, but most importantly, the right exercise for me!
You get out of this as much as you put in, so if you’re as determined as I was, you’ll come out of it as happy as I am!!
Sarah Russell, October 2015
This is a good place to start if you want to start adding meditation to your daily schedule.
Have a relaxed and calm week.