Just recently I’ve come to terms with being someone who can’t sit still, shut off from the world and take time for myself often enough. If I’m not out and about, I’ll find something, anything, to do at home. For one, I don’t get enough me time as I’m always giving my energy to things that ‘need doing’ or others and I think its about time I tell myself that self-wellbeing is just as important.
One thing I always fit into my routine is exercise and over the past year or so I’ve gone on a journey with fitness that’s made me so content, inside and out. I’m someone who loves the gym, exercising at home or even going for a walk. Mostly, this comes from being a person who likes to be busy, but it also comes from me being happier once I’ve done some form of exercise. Exercise just makes me feel good, no matter what form it is. It can be a walk, a gym class or my own routine – anything that’s exercise always does amazing things for my mind. When exercising, I’m always thinking mind over body as that’s the main reason I go, for myself, my mind and my wellbeing. This is something I need to put into practice more and my next goal is to workout without taking my phone, so I can completely shut off and have me time.
Side note – one thing I definitely need to do though is treat myself to more fitness clothes. Who’s with me when I say I always rotate the same few things? It’s just a habit. But maybe some new trainers, a sports bra or even some women’s joggers? Speaking of joggers and fitness comfort, I’ve recently taken up a sport that has brought me to write this post.
Self-wellbeing and yoga – my new favourite mix.
I’ve recently got back into yoga (at long blimmin last) and have also started practising it for myself at home, and it is now something I’ve grown to love and admire. It makes me feel incredible, happy and again, is all part of this exercise journey and practising self-care and wellbeing.
I don’t really like using the words ‘self-care’, just because I think it can sometimes be thrown around too often or used too loosely. People don’t take it serious enough sometimes, myself being guilty. But since bringing yoga into my life, a new form of exercise that’s beneficial to both my mind and body and one that I can do almost anywhere has made me realise I need more time like this.
Us humans just never stop and take real time to unwind. Now that I’ve found a way to do so, maybe I’ll slow down a bit and realise when enough is enough.
P.s. its probably worth adding that I am in no way an expert, I’ve just found what works best for me and is why I’m sharing this thought with you.
Photography by Sarah Ellen Treacher (@sarahellen_photography)
If you’re new to fitness or haven’t done it in a long time, my best advice is to start off small. Don’t hit the gym with the mind-set that you need to be there hours and sweat till you want to die, unless you want to, but I don’t recommend it. Gentle workouts are good for easing the mind and as I say, I have found yoga to be my favourite outlet when it comes to needing to wind down.
Make a playlist
I didn’t workout with music for almost a year. I don’t know why but I always felt so unbalanced when in the gym with earphones in. Then, I purchased some wireless headphones and can’t go without it. I’ve made a few playlists, depending on my mood and what fitness routine I’m doing and it motivates me so much. I love a good yoga playlist for those days I need to zone out – they have some amazing ones on Spotify.
Get some good fitness wear
As I mentioned, I really must treat myself to some new workout gear. Not only is mine getting old now, ew, but I always so motivated with new gym wear. This doesn’t have to break the bank either. There are so many high streets brands such as H&M, Primark, New Look and more that sell some really pretty, affordable and good workout clothing. I also find myself chilling in gym wear to so it’s worth buying a few bits that you can mix and match.
Do it for you
There’s nothing I hate more than seeing people workout because they feel they have to because others are and need to fit in. Just no. When exercising and taking the time to do so, I think it’s so important that you are doing it for you. If you don’t feel up to a workout in the gym don’t just go because everyone else is, maybe try it at home or take a day off. I know when I push myself to go more often than I need to I can lose all motivation. It’s good to have the right balance.
If anyone would like a post about my exercise/fitness journey then please say so below – I’d love to share it with you all. I had some questions last year whilst on holiday about my routine and what my exercise routine is like. I’m not saying or telling you how to exercise, I think everyone should find their own path and what works best for them.
Of course, I exercise to be fit but I also exercise to release stress, take my mind off of things and also get some space.
What do you do to put self-wellbeing into practice?
* This post is sponsored by Jack Wills *