Nurturing Nudge: Take a 5 Minute Holiday!

It's coming to the end of our Spring Break here in South West Scotland, but I know for some of you, you're right in the middle of the holiday.  I've noticed a lot of mummy bloggers just haven't been online this week as they try to take some time off with the family.

That's wonderful if you can do it - but for many of us it's a mad juggle.  So, with my therapist/stress management consultant head on, I've come up with a little bit of 'Me Time' for you.  It takes just 5 minutes and you can do it just about anywhere.

If what you really feel you need is to sit on a desert island all by yourself for a while, then you don't have to worry about the expense or time or who's going to mind the kids.  We can do it all in our heads!

When it all gets too much - treat yourself to a virtual holiday ~ Here's how:

FACT: The nervous system does not differentiate between a real and a vividly imagined event

ACTION: When life gets too stressful, choose one of the following:

1.  Imagine sunbathing on an exotic beach, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, feeling the sand beneath your body and hearing the waves lapping on the shore.

2.  Imagine sitting on top of a hill on a warm summer’s day with a cool breeze blowing through your hair, just gazing out at the miles of countryside around you, listening to the quiet.

3.  Imagine sitting in a beautifully tranquil garden, surrounded by exquisite plants and fragrant flowers, watching the sun dancing on the water of your private pool.

4.  Or choose your own favourite place

Carry out this exercise for 5 minutes whenever you feel the need and when you return you can feel as though you have just been on holiday, and as far as your nervous system is concerned, you HAVE.

Enjoy, and let me know how you get on . . .

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