This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
- PRACTICE MEDITATION – you don’t have to sit alone; it simply means focusing your mind on a particular situation, consciously considering your choices, and making a decision as to how to handle it. It’s an exercise and, like any other, you’ll become better at it as you flex your brain muscle.
- LEARN TO BREATHE – it’s surprising how many women don’t breathe properly. A few times a day, stop and check to make sure you’re not breathing shallowly and quickly. Mental clarity and calmness will follow from deep breathing and correct posture.
- KEEP A JOURNAL – you don’t have to be a good writer. Put pen to paper and let the thoughts come out, nonsense or otherwise. You’ll be amazed at how liberating and healing it can be.
- PRACTICE MEDITATION – I’ve been interested in making meditation a part of my life for quite some time but have yet to successfully incorporate it into my daily routine. I will get there though because it is my intention to! I first investigated ‘Mindful Meditation’ thinking it was different from just general ‘Meditation’ but all these years later I now realise that ALL meditation is mindful. Being mindful is about being present and aware and that is what meditation is about. I always thought meditation required skill and expertise in order to get into the right state of mind and that you were failing at it if your mind was still thinking and not clear and empty! I have learnt that this is not the case at all. Meditation is as simple as focusing on your breath, and having thoughts come into your mind is normal. All you do is acknowledge them, put them aside to deal with later, and return your focus to your breath. Focusing on your breath takes you back to yourself and quietens the mind. It’s magical and ever so calming. Meditation is a great stress reliever, fantastic for anxiety, awesome generally for your emotional health, and so much more! Here are just some of the posts I’ve written on meditation – in 2014 in the context of a Simple Mindfulness Exercise, and more recently in my May 2018 Mindful in May series of posts.
- LEARN TO BREATHE – This is a subject on which I haven’t written, nor have I really thought much about. However, I think Pamela is on to something! Since reading what she’s said about so many woman not breathing properly, I have been observing myself and have noticed that when I am uptight, stressed or just busy – I barely breathe! Of course I AM breathing or I wouldn’t be alive, but it’s not good deep breathing, it’s shallow breathing that fills up my chest but not my belly! The good thing is that when I do my Reformer Pilates classes (3 times per week) I do lots of good deep breathing in and out and the same when I do yoga. Deep breathing is usually encouraged during meditation too, particularly at the start of it – to help us focus on the breath and quieten the mind. I think there might be a whole blog post in the future on the benefits of breathing properly!
- KEEP A JOURNAL – I personally haven’t the patience or commitment to write in a journal, and besides my hands are used to a keyboard and not a pen these days. However, I write a blog! My blog is my journal equivalent and Pamela is right – it is incredibly liberating and healing to “let your thoughts come out”. I started blogging in September 2012 as a way to heal myself following a tough period in my life. Blogging (my version of journaling) did more than heal me, it helped me to discover who I am! It has taught me so much about myself, and it has opened up a whole new world for me.
Where do you stand with these 3 simple life changers? Do you do all 3, 1 or 2? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Ciao for now,
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