Stressed? Stretched? How do you find your way back to your happy place?
Jenni is another one of those very rare humans who simply wants to leave a positive mark. Jen has such a bright and optimist outlook, my kinda chick! Blogging about cancer with a smile, body image, ‘styling ‘curvy’ and spreading lots of her own unique goodness, there is so much to be grateful for with this type of person in your world.
10 Ways to Create more Calm and Balance: a Guest Post by Jenni Eyles from Styling Curvy
Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, yeah I know it freaked me out too! Prior to that diagnosis my life was loaded with stress running around after kids, running the household and working in retail management.
What I’ve learned since is that I invited stress into my life, not intentionally but I wasn’t strong enough to say no often enough.
These days I’m busier than ever but can honestly say that stress just doesn’t play a role in my life anymore. There’s no magic bullet, it’s about balance. You know, doing small things to help balance out the big things. It’s going to be different for everyone and some of you will be so used to daily life that it might be difficult for you to get inspired, so here are my Top 10 ways to create a more calm and more balanced life:
Tea: I know, simply hey! I like to make a pot of tea in the afternoon served up in a pretty pot complete with cup and saucer and a milk jug. Sounds a bit fancy pants but its about the ritual, taking the time to create a mini tea party helps me to slow down and using pretty China reminds me that ‘I’m worth it’.
Fresh flowers: If I was halfway decent at gardening I would snip them from my garden, but I’m a crap gardener so I pick up a bunch of pretty blooms from the florist and pop them in a jug to admire. Flowers make me smile and they are good for the soul!
Yoga is my re-energiser! Exercise is important for keeping the body working but finding the right exercise for you can sometimes be tough. For me its yoga, its healing, calming and energising and I freakin love it!
Let go of perfect: Oh I’ve been there .. cleaning my house so it sparkles and shines but these days it’s a different story. I can happily leave a sink full of dishes in favour of catching up with a friend or client. Dishes, washing and vacuuming will always be there, so say yes to invites, grab opportunities and enjoy yourself!
Get Dressed: Now I know I’m a style blogger, and have had lots of practice dressing women but getting up and getting dressed makes a difference to how I feel. A bit of lipstick, some jewellery and a pretty dress and I can take on the world .. well, add a mug of long black and then I’m Wonder Woman!
Connect with your partner: I’ve been married for 20 years, my mister is awesome and we are still very much in love but that love continues to grow because we nurture it. It’s not always easy but we find time for each other. When our boys were little it was going for evening walks together or a movie night. These days its weekly brunch, coffee catch ups or weekend ocean swims together.
Doing for others is super important: giving back feeds your soul and just feels good. I do volunteer work, fundraisers and I am an Ambassador for ‘The Hospital Research Foundation’ which is local and I’m a community ambassador for the Mothers Day Classic fun run.
Friends are the glue that keep me held together: they support me, nurture me and give me a good girly giggle. This year is about finding more time to catch up, it could be a cuppa, walk on the beach, surprise visit or a movie. As long as we are connecting and there for each other that is what matters.
Do what you love: after I cam through treatment I didn’t want to go back to retail because I knew that within months I would be in a knot of stress again so I decided to follow my love of writing and connecting and started blogging. It serves my need to connect and share but also runs as a business and I love it. When you made the leap and follow your dreams it doesn’t feel like work.
Shop at local farmers markets: yes I know I’m killing two birds with one stone so to speak, by doing the grocery shopping, but to be honest shopping at my local farmers market is also fun. I love the energy, the stall holders, the amazing produce, learning about food and getting tips. I also love knowing that I am supporting local. Most Sundays I head there on my own or I occasionally go with a friend and we make some time to have a cuppa and a good catch up. It sure beats a crazes whiz around the giant supermarkets being bombarded by advertising and buying food I don’t need.
There you have it. Of course there is more that I to keep balance and nurture myself but these are the things that I do often and some of them may be a good place to start if you are looking for ways to create some more calm and some more balance in your life. Good luck!
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