Top 5 “Me Time” Activities

We all need some downtime… no matter what we do, where we work, how much free time we have, we all need to relax and chill from time to time in order to stay sane.

We all need some downtime… no matter what we do, where we work, how much free time we have, we all need to relax and chill from time to time in order to stay sane. Some of us will prefer longer periods of “me time”, maybe a weekend away or a day out in the city when others (like me) are more in need of more frequent but much shorter bursts of “me time”.Some of us will prefer longer periods of “me time”, maybe a weekend away or a day out in the city when others (like me) are more in need of more frequent but much shorter bursts of “me time”.

Today I would love to share with you my top five “me time” activities.

Long Walk

Walks always relax me. No matter the weather, as long as there is a nice open path in front of me in the countryside, I am happy! Walks help me think and gather my thoughts. This is one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax and it works perfectly as “me time” as long as it is just me (well dogs can come too… and maybe a cat).

Bubble Bath

This is one of those clichés which is most likely on everyone’s list… after all who doesn’t love a bubble bath.

Massage

If I could I would get a massage every single day but 1: I have no time for it and 2: I simply couldn’t afford it… instead I have a Pranamat Eco Massage Mat which allows me to have a super relaxing time in my own home with no additional cost. 15 minutes on the mat can really do wonders – it is a physical experience that activates all areas of your body, stimulates the mind, and promotes spiritual growth.

Moodles or Doodles

If you aren’t aware moodles are doodles with the power to change your mood. A few months ago I’ve received a moodle book titled “Moodles present Happy” full of activities which can really help you to relax, express your happiness and simply chill… there is no right or wrong answers… your book, your moodles.

Folding

I know this one is an odd choice but after reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo I really embraced her folding ideology. In the past putting clothing or bedding away was a chore, now it’s pure pleasure. I adore every moment of it, especially when it comes to socks… seeing them so neatly folded makes me happy… so you see when I need some “me time” I am happy to go to my socks drawer to mess some of them up only so I can refold them… I know it might sound a bit crazy but you would simply have to try her methods in order to understand. 🙂

What are your favourite “me time” activities?

Happy National Bed Month!

It is said that the key to all life’s happiness and successes is a good night’s sleep. For some a good night’s sleep is akin to the Holy Grail, and almost as elusive!

It is said that the key to all life’s happiness and successes is a good night’s sleep. For some a good night’s sleep is akin to the Holy Grail,and almost as elusive!Sleep is something which we can’t do without; good sleep promotes healing and energy; essential for our physical and mental health. When we are asleep our bodies – and minds – can recover from the stresses of the day and help us to prepare for whatever the next day brings. During sleep our brains can recharge while our muscles can repair themselves. The trouble is that many people are unable to get the good sleep they need and in some cases this could be down to their bed, particularly the mattress.

The right mattress plays a big part in ensuring you can get a proper night’s sleep and when your mattress is old and worn, it loses its shape and no longer offers the support your body needs to be comfortable. This is one of the reasons why you often wake up not energised and refreshed but tired and aching. If you wake up feeling like this then it is time to consider replacing your mattress with aTempur Mattress.

Some Effects of Lack of Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep this can have a significant impact on your day-to-day functionality. You may feel groggy and continually under the weather, but these are not the only problems you’ll face if your sleep problems aren’t resolved. The long term effects could include things like:

  •  Lack of concentration
  •  Mood swings and irritability
  •  Lack of enthusiasm and under performance at work
  •  Memory lapses and accidents
  •  Physical illness

Of course there are various factors which can affect how well you sleep. A busy lifestyle can leave you stressed and the ever increasing reliance on technology and gadgets can leave you unable to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day. Pressure at work, noisy towns and cities, juggling the work-life balance, these are all things which conspire against you in your need for a relaxing and beneficial sleep. For some people health issues can prevent you from getting a decent night’s sleep whether short term or chronic health problems. But whatever is stopping you from achieving the perfect sleep, we at Booths Furniture believe it shouldn’t be your mattress and that a Tempur Mattress could be the ideal solution for you.

Benefits of Good Sleep

We’ve all heard stories of people who can get by on 3 or 4 hours sleep a night but for most the optimum amount of sleep needed is no less than seven hours. The right amount of good sleep is essential to keep us healthy and energised and here are some examples of how it helps us:

  •  Good for heart health. Studies show that lack of sleep can have an adverse effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels so the right amount of sleep can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  •  Good sleep reduces stress.
  •  Good sleep helps you to feel more alert and ready for the day ahead.
  •  Good sleep helps the digestive processes and allows the body to repair itself.

Why Choose a Tempur Mattress?

Simply put, good quality sleep is important for our health and well-being. We spend so much time asleep that it is worth investing in the best mattress you can buy. A Tempur Mattress is unique in its construction and comfort factor and has been proven time and time again to provide a superior relaxing night’s rest, and given the benefits of getting quality sleep, it’s certainly a consideration well worth taking.

* This is a collaborative post

Why Go Organic?

Organic September might be coming to an end but it is never too late to join it… after all the changes we should be making are supposed to be for life not just for the month.

Last month I shared with you a post about #organicbeauty and a campaign for clarity organized by The Soil Association, this month however I would love to talk about food.

Why Go Organic?

Food must be the first thing which comes to mind when we think organic, but why should we buy it?

Well, organic food can have huge positive benefits for us as consumers, for general animal welfare and most importantly for the environment. Some people say: “Oh, but I simply can’t afford to be buying organic”. Excuse me, but that is just a lot of poppycock. In general as a nation we buy so much mass produced food, we spend thousands upon thousands of pounds on unhealthy, chemically enhanced food products and we can always somehow find the money for it… but I offer this point of view; wouldn’t it be easier and better to shop less but buy higher quality products? Wouldn’t it be better to take care of our health, our future and actually have a care about what we put on our plates? Wouldn’t it be better to go organic?

Yes, it would but… most people don’t really think about it.

Most of us don’t bother to wonder why one product can cost 50p and its organic “brother” £2 or £2.50… there is a reason for it!

Have you ever stopped and wondered what is actually inside your 50p favourite product?

Stop, think about it and read the limited packaging information… you would be amazed what your cheap and cheerful food contains! (Try by checking out a can of soup some of which are 97% water)

In the long term going organic will pay off, I am sure of it. Feeding yourself and your family with good quality, real food will pay off in the future… better wellbeing, better health; it all counts and it all matters.

According to The Soil Association for food to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals. All organic food must display the code number and prefix of the body that certified it, as well as the EU’s organic logo.

I don’t know how about you but we rather eat less of a good quality food product, then stuff ourselves with cheap and cheerful products. If the family budget is tight then you can always go part ways to converting to organic. How about the big family meal together, the traditional Sunday roast, it’s a minor special occasion and justifies the additional expense as a treat.

Organic products taste so much better, you can really tell the difference even if it is only a simple cup of tea, savoury snack or a chocolate treat these foods taste like a real food!

So tell me, are you a pro organic or it really doesn’t make any difference to you where your food comes from?

The simple pleasures

What do you do to relax?

Do you take a long hot bubbly bath, do you sit with a glass of wine and a good book?

How do you organized your “me” time for yourself?

The simple pleasuresThe other day I came across a “Top Tips to Stay Organized” from Little Hearts Big Love at The Free Range Family. Point five stated – take advantage of small windows of time. I agree with that and sometimes I do find that there is no other option but to do a few things at once. Then with any downtime I have whilst waiting for one thing to happen or finish, I simply end up using the time to do something else as per point 5, but then the principle got me thinking…

What if we would use those small pockets of time as “me” time instead of just another opportunity to do something else on our list?

What if instead of unloading the dishwasher whilst the toast is cooking we would just sit down and relax for a minute or two?

Will this, would this work?

Can those short breaks make a difference?

I know from experience that finding any “me” time becomes harder and harder. Most of us struggle for time and always have to rush to finish what needs to be done, but what about all those things that could be done? What about all those little pleasures we simply no longer have the time for?

How do you balance work time, family time, all those chores which have to be done and any “me” time? How do you make the time?

Can using those small pockets of time we have during the day really be enough to relax and unwind?

I miss the times when I could just sit down with a fresh cup of brew a good book or a Sudoku puzzle and simply enjoy the moment whilst munching on some tasty snacks.

I wish things were slower.

I wish people didn’t rush all the time and I truly wish we simple had the time for all those little pleasures.

So, what do you think?

Can those short bursts of multi break during the day be enough to call it “me” time?

What are your favourite simple pleasures and how do you find the time for them?

…and how long is that time?

Aviva Stress Less Challenge: Week 3

So three weeks have passed and my challenge is coming to an end. During this time I listened, I read and I tried to implement the changes in order to follow the tips given to me by the Aviva experts.

Last week I told you that I will share with you my week 2 tips, so here they come:

Work-life balance from Dr Doug

“Undertake a mind experiment and place yourself as the boss telling your ‘stressed self’ what they need to do. What would you say to an employee who was in your position? How would you prioritise their work, give them support, help manage their time and workload better? By placing yourself in a different role helps to put a different perspective on how you should deal with your work-life balance”.

Wellbeing from Dr Doug

“When you’re feeling overloaded or unsure what you need to do for the best outcome, change your focus for a bit to help you get a different perspective on a situation – do something different to what you’ve been doing e.g. make and enjoy a cup of coffee or take the dogs for a short walk. It will also improve the way you’re feeling as well as helping you be better placed to make the right decisions”.

Fitness from Mike, Billy and Jonny

“If you need some extra motivation to exercise challenge yourself by having a finish goal for example a 10km walk/run for charity. Tell your followers about it and share your progress. By doing this you won’t want to let yourself, your family or friends down especially if they’re sponsoring you”.
“Finish off each exercise session with a series of callisthenics exercises, e.g. press-ups, sit-ups and lunges to get more variation of exercises for the body”.

Diet from Paddy

“There’s a number of foods you could try to help you sleep. Foods rich in tryptophan will help as these help serotonin and melatonin, which are our brains ‘sleep chemicals’. For example turkey, spinach and halibut could help”.

I like the tips from week 2; actually I like them all.

The diet tip from Paddy is especially useful as I had no idea what tryptophan even was before I read this tip. I researched it a bit and I found that a lack of tryptophan can cause depression 🙁 It looks like tryptophan is very important. Other foods which contain a high content of tryptophan are: eggs, cod, soybeans (raw), cheese especially Parmesan and cheddar, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and many more.

But my favourite tip by far is the second week’s wellbeing tip from Dr Doug – when you start feeling like you’re losing it, take a time out! It makes a lot of sense but so very often when I am stuck with something I tend to just keep going despite totally losing it at times. I tried to follow the “time out” rule last week and it does help. A little break will give you some perspective as to the task at hand and when you return to it everything seems so much simpler and far less complicated.

The aim of the challenge was to both reduce stress and to be better prepared to deal with stress. The Aviva experts think that a small change for a long time will help you to achieve it, so I am committing myself to a time out rule for a lifetime. When I feel like I am stuck in the muck I will take a short break and try to regroup. Hopefully this will allow me to clear my head a little and once I return to my original task it will not be so gloomy.

Will you commit to a small change which can benefit you over a lifetime?

What do you think about the tips I have received from the Aviva experts?

Do you have any special ways to deal with stress?

Aviva #StressLess Challenge

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