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The Benefits of Time Out

August 10, 2016 by Gail Asbell

You may have heard about (or attended) our one day Your Winter’s Day Retreat that took place last weekend. It was a beautiful time for reflection, time out, movement, inspiration, and of course eating delicious food. Throughout the day we learnt a lot from the amazing speakers – Life coach Julia Matheson, Retreat Yourself Box founder Kate Williams, and Hannah from Food Intelligence. We left feeling inspired and rejuvenated, and it reminded us that time for ourselves is something that we should all prioritise.

When you take time for yourself you can reconnect with your body and your desires. You can figure out what is serving you and what is self-sabotage. You can also start to nourish your body both physically and mentally.

How can we take time for ourselves?

Finding time and space can be very hard in our busy lives, but we learnt a few tips and tricks for finding ways to reconnect. Try one or all of these in a day and notice how you feel.

Put pen to paper

Writing things down can be daunting. But it can also get things out of your head and out of your way. Kate from Retreat Yourself Box also let us in on a little secret. The act of putting pen to paper gives our left (logical) side of the brain something to do, which gives our right (creative and intuitive) side of the brain space to figure out what it wants. Try writing one sentence a day and notice you’ll all of a sudden have a lot more to write about. And things might start looking clearer.

Visualise

 How often do you give yourself space to dream? What about without limits or judgments? Julia taught us the benefits of visualisation and how it can make our dreams and desires really clear. Take a moment to yourself, sit quietly, and just breathe. Then ask yourself where you want to be in six months. The people you’ll be with, the things you’ll be doing, but most importantly, how you want to feel?

Notice how food makes you feel

 Food is complicated these days. With so much information out there, we all know the foods we should be eating more of and the things we should be eating less of, but sometimes it’s not as easy as that. Hannah taught us that writing down what you eat, how you feel, and then how you feel later in the day can be a great way to track a range of things. You’ll notice when you’re eating due to hunger and when you’re not. You’ll also notice if you’re eating more than you realised, or if certain foods are disrupting your body and digestion. Try to keep a food diary for two weeks and notice any habits or consistencies in how you feel. 

Move your body

We are big believers in movement, especially yoga. Yoga gives you a place to not only move your body and nourish yourself that way, but also to get out of your own head and give your mind a break from the hustle and the bustle. If you struggle to quiet the mind down in silence, try playing music (loudly if you’re game) while practicing.

 

Eat whole foods and eat them often

 What we put into our body is what fuels us. When we eat whole foods, we are giving ourselves the best fighting chance for a good day. Start your day with hot water and lemon to kick start your digestion and get you hydrated for the day. Eat a wholesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with healthy snacks in between keeping you satisfied and energized.

Meditate

Meditation is a wonderful way to reconnect. But it can be hard. If you struggle, start with breath. Just five big breaths each morning will set you up for a calmer and more focused day. Plus we love mindful activities, which can act as a type of meditation. Try things like colouring, knitting, or walking.

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