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This was a question I asked myself in the middle of the night just a few years ago. I remember the whole 24-hour period clearly. It went like this…
I woke up in the morning after my 3rd alarm went off, got dressed and rushed out of the house because I had to be somewhere. But my first destination was always Starbucks to get my usual tall vanilla latte with two sugars and extra milk, because I really hated the taste of coffee! But that was the only thing that actually got me going during the day.
Then I went off, had meetings, and attacked my long to-do list. I had things on there that I liked doing, some of the things not so much, and some of things really made me feel alive.
By the time I got home in the evening, most of the days I felt tired but that particular day I actually really felt exhausted. I got to bed looking forward to sleep, but of course that is when my mind started racing, going around and around in a circle, revisiting everything single thing that happened to me that day. But eventually, I managed to drift off to sleep.
A couple of hours later I woke up to a weird sensation. I switched on the lights and realized that my nose was bleeding – again. This was not the first time it happened to me, but this time it really, truly scared me.
When you have a physical health scare, it really makes you look at your life through a clearer lens. So sat there in my bed, stemming the flow of blood from my nose, I asked myself if what I was doing with my time was really what I wanted to be doing, and how it shaped my life?
I am telling you this because we all have 24 hours available to use every single day, but sometimes we don’t know how we can actually really utilize those 24 hours to get the best out of ourselves. And sometimes, under the pressure of our busy lives we try to squeeze too much in, and we make ourselves sick.
We all know that we have to get at least 8 hours sleep, exercise, eat well, eat frequently, drink lots of water… but how can you really understand what is it that you need in order to benefit from those 24 hours we all have. Well, it starts with listening to yourself.
The thing I want to share with you here is my top tip that I share with every client I have.
My Top Tip
In a nutshell, my top tip is getting some ‘me time’ each day – but probably not in the way you currently think of it.
Many people think that ‘me time’ is reading a book, going to the gym or catching up with friends on social media. That is not the kind of ‘me time’ I mean. I actually mean doing as little as possible, alone for 5 to 10 minutes each day, to truly clear your mind and slow your world down.
What I challenge my clients to do is to go to a cafe, not their desks, somewhere different and just sit by themselves without entertainment. And that means without their phones, just observing the world.
What does that do?
Basically you take yourself out of your head a little bit and just look at people. Some of them weird, some not so weird, especially in London! It’s always entertaining here.
Next you start to monitor your breath. And you slow it down just a little bit.
A word of warning – don’t slow it down too much, because you might get dizzy.
Slow your breathing down just a little, and that is really going to help you to calm your mind, and calm your racing thoughts as well.
This is one of the tips that I share with all of my clients, but it can be really challenging for those of you who go round and round in a circle, keeping busy throughout the entire day. But I promise, if you are one of the busiest people, then you need this most of all.
This little tip will help you not only get a better sleep at night, but also to be able to make decisions faster because you have that daily moment to check in. And it will help you to be more focused during the day as well. When we are better rested, we perform better. A few minutes to yourself goes a long way, so why not give it a try?
Wishing you sweet dreams and good health!
She immediately put me at ease and gave me lifelong skills to help with my sleep patterns and helped me to overcome my insomnia.
How can I help you to sleep better at night and wake up rested and recharged?