In life it is important to your well-being to have something to look forward to which means including things that give you joy in every day. It might be a holiday in the sun, upgrading that furniture, having family visit, that awesome new show but those are the big-ticket items. It is important to have joyful moments in every day no matter how small.
Shut the doors, kick off your shoes, and grab a book, a drink, a juicy peach, or listen to your favourite piece of music, take a bath with candles, whatever floats your boat.
If today’s self-care joyful activity takes a little longer than usual when dinner time rolls around and the hungry hounds in your life are looking for something to gnaw on then just tell them "chef is opening a can!" They won’t starve; tomorrow you can choose a less time-consuming indulgence.
Estrogen is that all-important hormone that declines as we go through menopause, it also just happens to be one of our mood controllers.
If you are continually stressed you will have the stress hormone cortisol running through your body like a child in a playground. And guess what? Continual high levels of cortisol will lower your estrogen levels.
Scheduling nice things to do will help to lower cortisol and balance out the effects of any decline in estrogen.
Looking forward to and experiencing joy in even the smallest things can make the day more enjoyable so improve your outlook and lower your stress. That adds up to better health for you.
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I find if I have something to look forward to in every day then the days don’t stretch out like an endless mass of nothingness.
Here are some of the things I include in my day :
This is when you can set your intention for the day, think about your day's schedule and go over the vision for your future. Enjoy that relaxed feeling of being in the present and nothing else. Just be.
It can be good to move and feel strong in midlife and stretching is a great way to keep your flexibility. Also, using weights has the added bonus of building muscle and bone strength.
I like nothing better than making a cup of sencha green tea and taking it with me to sip while I do my morning exercise routine. If you get up early that time before everyone else gets up, is heaven. You can sit, sip and daydream. Pure joy!
I think this is seriously my most favourite thing. Pair it with a healthy snack and spend the time catching up on some reading.
Great to get the energy flowing through the body in such a gentle way.
As a family, we enjoy discussing our day together and having some debates about topical subjects. If you don't have any family at home don't resort to turning on the T.V. for company, if you can help it. Maybe this is a time to catch up on some articles you have been meaning to read.
Getting dinner ready, folding washing, ironing. These are perfect times to catch up on any shows, podcasts or audiobooks.
I love the quiet in the house at this time. Generally, both the girls are studying and Pete is watching something with his headphones on. While we are talking about PJ's how about buying a new pair for something truly special. Get online and pick something comfy and cosy.
Guided meditations can be quite a personal choice but my all-time favourite is Rachel Clissold. Be prepared to feel completely relaxed.
You can do this at any time you like once you are in your PJ's it's nice to sit in the quite by a lamp and write about 3 or 4 things you felt grateful for in your day. Having a gratitude journal is super powerful for focussing your mind on the positive and being reminded of how incredible life is.
Now with sites like Netflix there are a lot of amazing shows to choose from. I like to snuggle up on the couch with one of my daughters and watch something for a short while. It is actually a great way to get out of your head.
Try this recipe - 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon of rosehip oil, 8 drops of your favourite essential oil such as lavender, rose patchouli, myrrh or frankincense or a mix. Add to a dropper bottle and roll gently to mix.
Keep looking for the smallest things to do in every day and pretty soon your day will be full of those gorgeous full stops. It can be a small as a smile from a stranger. Take the time to appreciate every little thing and you will be spending more of your day in the present being mindful and amazing things will happen to your stress levels and general outlook on life.
Do you make sure include something that gives you joy every day? If so I would love to hear about them.