Hurrah! Spring is in the air! I think we can all agree, it’s been a long, wet winter, and we’ll all welcome the warmer weather and lighter evenings.
I find this time of year invigorating – the turn of the season inspiring me to evaluate the ways in which I take care of my mind and my body.
As I’m sure you’re aware, it’s Mothering Sunday in a few days (22nd March). We also celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this month (8th March).
For me, special dates such as these offer the opportunity to reflect on the strong female relationships in my life and be grateful for the friends and family who are always there for me. The people who I know will be there to laugh with, to cry with, or as a shoulder to lean on as I navigate this life.
Life is so busy, and often such a juggling act, it’s good for the soul to take a step back and focus on gratitude. Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed by the mental load, I have to pause and remind myself to be grateful for the things that are consuming me in a negative way. Simple things, such as feeling frustrated with the housework. I try to regain perspective and be grateful that I have a home to take care of.
From 23rd-29th March, Mind – the mental health charity – is running a campaign to encourage the nation to lead a healthy and active lifestyle through its National Workouts and Wellbeing Week. It will raise awareness of mental health and aims to improve wellbeing through exercise and mindfulness.
I am a huge advocate of health and fitness. I try to incorporate a variety of different activities into my weekly routine, including yoga, fitness training and Krav Maga (a self-defence training class). I for one couldn’t function without the regular endorphins these sessions provide and I always feel better after a burst of exercise.
What exercise do you enjoy? Whether it’s a fitness class, walking the dog, running after a young family or a home workout, the benefits of being active are most certainly good for the body and the mind.