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THE REST REMEDY BLOG - all things rest, reflection, self care and mindfulness

Who are you?

... tense or relaxed?

How often in the last week have you unintentionally created tension in your life? 


Maybe you have … 

Put off something 

Tried to control a situation 

Said ‘yes’ when you wanted to say no

Had unrealistic expectations 

Doubted your ability 

Not been true to yourself 


All these things build up over time, adding more and more tension..


Add to that … 

Skipping a meal 

Staying up late 

Pushing through 

Scrolling on social media

Not stopping to rest 

Not moving enough 

Not listening to yourself 

No wonder you don't feel at your best; mentally, physically and emotionally.



Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

Chinese Proverb



We (you, me, us) are not designed to stay in this constant state of chronic stress and tension long term. 



At some stage you need to … 

Respect your boundaries 
Learn to say ‘no’ 
Honour your own time 
Rest, relax and recharge 
Reconnect with who you are 
Put yourself first 
Just 'be' 


This week I gently invite you to notice (and honour) those times in your day where you do feel rested and relaxed.

And it may only be a glimmer at the start:

Those 10 minutes as you sip your coffee in silence

After an afternoon nap

Walking in nature

On the beach or with your pet

In the bath or shower

After a massage or healing session

Sitting in the sunshine at lunch

5 deep, intentional breaths before a meeting


If you can, really notice what it is that makes you feel this way.


It could be a feeling of …

ease

spaciousness

lightness

calm

confidence

energy

joy

peace

balance


Imagine what it could be like if you felt like that more often? Because this is who you are! 


I would love to know what your favourite glimmers are. 


Have you been able to find (and experience) some this week?


As I say at the end of my sessions …

Be gentle with yourself


Until next time

Carolyn x