We live in a fast-paced world where uber-connectivity is both a convenience and a downfall. How often do you take the time to sit quietly and just be?
Recently I ran a retreat for women with my fellow ‘Cheer Leaders for Change’ team. It was a one- day event where we all came together to take time out of our busy lives to sit, stretch, reflect, set goals and breathe. It was delightful! We followed up the retreat with Dr Libby Weavers’ TED Talk on the Rushing Woman’s Syndrome which was the perfect reminder of how far we have come in creating hectic lifestyles.
As parents we are tending to the duties of the home, looking after the kids, shopping and putting food on the table, preparing healthy meals, checking homework, volunteering at our kids’ sports and schools, keeping the house clean, washing and ironing… the list goes on. And then we need to exercise and make sure we are drinking enough water and eating well to keep us going. And on top of all that, we work in a fast-paced society where there is a constant bombardment of notifications that alert us to emails, social media, text messages and phone calls.
My question to you is, when do you stop and take a breath? When do you sit, relax and truly breathe deeply? For some, a daily ritual of prayer, meditation, a gratitude practice or yoga allows that time for stillness and reflection. This quiet time allows the body to slow down whilst being conscious of breathing deeply. This calms the ‘monkey’ mind and helps to restore the balance in our very complex human bodies.
Dr Weaver talks openly about the constant pressure we are under, meeting our needs to please others, being all things to all people, and working the triple shift in the home, at work and being responsible for childcare. Our hormones are being adversely affected and leading to many health issues including weight gain, thyroid issues, cancers and infertility, to name but a few. So how do we make some shifts before it leads to damaging our health?
The ball is in your court and yes, it’s another thing to add to the never-ending list. However, this one is about your health and needs to be bumped up the list starting today!
Here are my five favourite ideas to get you started:
- Download a meditation app.
- Make time to sit in nature – try the backyard, the beach, the local park.
- Attend a yoga or meditation class.
- Disconnect from technology daily before bed and get out of the habit of checking your devices when you wake up.
- And importantly, become aware of how you are breathing. Take a conscious long deep breath to calm the adrenals and get in the habit of practicing this daily.
Whichever of these you choose, remember to involve the entire family so that you are all benefiting from the stillness of your mind, body and soul.
And if you are up for a good read I recommend picking up a copy of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome by Dr Weaver. I guarantee you’ll get a lot of “aha” moments out of it, like I did.