I want to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in these crazy times. I’m sending you this daily dose of inspiration, because if we set our compass right, we can sail through this!
“An empty tank will take you exactly NOWHERE – Take time to refuel”
Tip # 41: Create your own Oasis
You don’t need an island holiday, or even a day spa, to deeply nourish yourself – you just need a little time and the decision to rejuvenate. Take some time to deliberately rest in a really nourishing way for you (beyond from the usual flopping in front of the TV).
Take some time to set up a some space at home as though it were a retreat: maybe tidy up an area and set up a cosy seat with a pile of books beside it, turn on your oil diffuser, put on gentle music, make yourself a delicious snack platter, run a bath and put a vase of flowers beside it…
Perhaps utilise the calm energy and clarity that enjoying your oasis will create, by wrapping it up with some time to set intentions and plans for the week ahead.
In these gentle oasis moments, amplify the benefit by being really aware of your senses – this helps ground you in the present moment and calm your mind. Feel sun on face, the ripples of water on your skin, the beauty of the space you’ve set up and the smells, tastes and sounds you’ve chosen…
We spend so much of our energy chasing things for our future self, that sometimes we need to remember to enjoy the life we are creating for ourselves. We need to come back to this moment and soak it in. The idea of ‘work-life-balance’ is fraught, as many people are so passionately engaged in what they do for a living that it is a huge part of who they are. It is not a budget. It doesn’t need to balance. But it does need to feel like a choice.
Take some time to choose rest: to unplug, feel gratitude, and soak in pleasure today – feeling happy now instead of only seeking it for your future self. This will energise you to strive forwards again tomorrow.
Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world, by Mark Williams
Authoritative, beautifully written and much-loved by its readers, Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world has become a word-of-mouth bestseller and global phenomenon. It reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to break the cycle of anxiety, stress unhappiness and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness that gets into your bones and allows you to meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.