MIND + BODY + SOUL
Every now and then I take a step back to address all areas of life. This usually happens if I feel stressed or run-down because it means I’ve taken on too much. So today I’m sharing the things I do to find balance, keeping the scales from tipping too far in one direction. I call it my simple life edit.
I believe the most important thing in life is the people we share it with. It’s, therefore, wise to spend it with those who make us happy! If I haven’t caught up with my family or friends in a while I feel like there’s a piece missing, so I always make space for them.
Throughout our lives, people come and go and it’s normal to let go of the relationships we’ve outgrown. Taking the time to consider who we want in our lives is of enormous value. And making time for family and friends is a great source of comfort and can boost our general well-being.
REST, RELAXATION & SPACE
I’m a creature of habit and when I feel stressed it’s usually because my routine has broken down. To get things back on track I make time to relax, ensure I’m practicing daily meditation, edit out the things I don’t need and set regular times to get up and go to bed. These four things completely transform my outlook helping me to focus. It’s good to look at the structure of each day and make sure you’re happy with the balance of work and relaxation. Downtime prepares us for the busy and challenging times.
Your environment can affect how you feel so it’s worth taking the time to create a space you can unwind and feel safe in. Whether it’s family photographs, houseplants or vintage collectables, it’s good to surround yourself with the things that bring you joy.
When I’m busy my home is often neglected and so I find having a clean and declutter can bring back the calmness and order. As a minimalist, I champion the benefits of living with less and I believe little is needed to create a happy life.
My regular exercise routine suffers when I’m busy and getting back into it can be a challenge. After a break, going to the gym can feel like putting on a wet swimming costume, so I usually start with some brisk walks and slowly build up from there. The key is to be kind to yourself, do what you love and aim for little and often.
When I feel run-down I take time to remind myself of the various foods I should be eating to maintain a balanced diet. I also do some meal planning and fill the cupboards with healthy snacks to help me stay on track. I recently read that a lot of our snacking is down to boredom rather than hunger, so I’ve been trying to drink herbal tea and do some stretches (although I’m more David Brent than Ella Woodward!) when I’m craving something sweet in the afternoon. It’s good to take a moment to consider the food we eat.
Work is an important element because it improves self-worth and self-esteem and gives us feelings of belonging. Before working freelance, I worked as an educational fundraiser for the University of Oxford. When I left I felt I was no longer contributing. Now I do voluntary work which makes a huge difference in how I feel. What motivates us changes throughout our lives and differs from person to person. Always follow your heart and intuition.
Create space for the things you love and the stuff that makes you happy and edit out the rest. I find it beneficial to occasionally list my ten passions because it helps me to focus on what brings me the greatest joy. I’ve also started writing down the things I’m grateful for – keeping a gratitude diary lifts my spirits!
And finally, fill your life with laughter. Just as I did when I was drenched by a wave – this is why I’ll never make it as a fashion blogger!
These photographs were taken with my Lumix GH4 and the moving images are stills from a 4k film. You can read more about 4k photography here.
This post is a sponsored collaboration with Panasonic. All views are my own.