Release your inner child

Wake up, work, eat, sleep, wake up, work, eat, sleep, wake up, work….

Ever feel like you’re doing the same monotonous thing day in day out? If so, why not sign yourself up to something outrageous and fun. It’s what I recently did and I loved every minute.

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Adult tobogganing at Tamworth Snow Dome

My activity of choice was tobogganing at the Snow Dome in Tamworth. It was only a half hour slot but that was just enough time to get to grips with it and not getting too tired. In that half an hour I fitted in four runs down the slope and they were so much fun.

Setting off at the top surrounded by kids and adults you get an adrenaline buzz of not knowing what to expect. As you push off on to the slope and round the first corner at speed all thoughts of the outside world disappear and your concentration is solely on steering and getting to the bottom. The metal pads that steer underneath the toboggan were awful, but that just added to the fun. Not knowing the exact path you were taking made you think on your feet without having to second guess what was coming next.

I had a ball and would definitely do it again in the future. The experience didn’t take up much of my time, it was cheap and most importantly, switched off my mind from any outside stresses.

I’ve got my eye on the adrenaline tubing for my next outing!

What are you waiting for? Go and find yourself a childish activity and let loose.

Where’s life’s pause button?

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Spend more time doing what you love

I recently moved house and with it started working part-time during the interim period of looking for a more permanent full-time job. I thought I’d have loads more time for doing the things I want and relaxing without rushing about with life admin.

How wrong was I?

I’ve found myself working during the morning and then not sitting down again until I’m settling down for my evening meal at about 7pm. I feel busier than when I had a full-time job and am left wondering how on earth I fitted everything in while also working a 37-hour week. Over the last few days I’ve been trying to find an answer to this conundrum. Yes, I’ve signed myself up to more yoga classes, but these are mainly during the evening. I’m also able to take the dog out on longer walks throughout the day and I’ve been able to spend more time writing blog posts. However that doesn’t explain how I was losing so much time. Then it hit me, the answer to all those lost hours throughout the day was social media!

The time I’ve spent looking on Facebook, Instagram and The Daily Mail website is increasing every day. I wouldn’t mind but I don’t even like the way the Mail stories are written and believe very little of what I read on there. The scrolling through Instagram and Facebook is pointless too as I feel a huge sense of under achievement once I tear my eyes away from the screen an hour or two later.

Adding more hours to your day

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Put a stop to spending hours looking at social media

So, I’ve made the decision to limit my time on these websites. I’ll only visit them once a day for a maximum of half an hour, plenty of time to catch up on what’s been going on in the world. I’ve also put myself on a ban from The Daily Mail and already feel better in myself having not read about the trials and tribulations of celebrities.

One thing I went through a phase of doing is not watching television throughout the weekend. If you can do this it really makes a difference. I found I had more time than ever to just chill out and really relax my mind and thoughts. When you sit down in front of the TV your mind doesn’t switch off so it’s not as relaxing as you think. Without it you’re able to concentrate on the simpler things in life and feel as though the world isn’t going past you like a bolt of lightning.

I highly recommend switching off and reconnecting with the things that really matter, you’ll feel the benefits and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. Life is short enough already, so don’t waste it on reading about other people’s lives.

Concentrate on the one that matters…your own.

Say yay to a spa day!

Lounging around, sweating out impurities in the steam room and letting it all hang out in the Jacuzzi, what’s not to enjoy about spending the day at a spa? I love a spa day and would snap anyone’s arm off to spend the day chilling out and shutting off from the outside world for a few hours. It’s like going on holiday without the laborious wait at security or frustrating flight delays to contend with. Yes England may not be the warmest country in the world but when you’re in a sauna it doesn’t matter what postcode you’re chilling out in.

Spa 1.jpgWhat’s not to love?

I leave my worries and anxiety at the door and allow myself these precious few hours to completely chill out and forget everything. Those niggling doubts and issues that crop up every day can wait until I’ve had some much needed mental therapy. It’s for this reason I try and book a spa day (or even a half day) every three months so I have something to look forward to on those days when I feel overwhelmed by life.

Go all out

Adding a treatment into your day should also be high on your list as this really helps you unwind. Having a professional massage your body while you drift away lying face down on a comfy bed is pure bliss and always passes too quickly. As soon as the masseuse signals the end of the massage with a chime I wonder why I don’t do this more often. The main reason is spending money, however surely the benefits to your mental health post massage outweigh your bank manager chasing you down the street for booking your fourth one in as many days.

Spa 3.jpgA plethora of benefits to entice you in

To ease my conscience about spending money I wanted to delve deeper into the benefits. This would give me a strong case to defend my decision should my other half find out our funds were being wired directly to the local spa.

  • Mental relaxation
  • Slows your body system down and allows your body to regenerate
  • Allows you to healthily socialise with friends
  • Distraction from the ‘real world’
  • Improves blood circulation so you take in more oxygen and increase the clarity of your thoughts
  • Rids the body of toxins so helps cleanse your system leaving you feeling refreshed
  • Take a book and learn something new while you’re in a relaxing environment
  • Read a travel magazine and discover a new place to visit

There are so many benefits so even if you only go once a year, try and schedule in some chill time. Your mind and body will thank you for it!

NB – Although my written words describing my love of spas may look like I’m sponsored or supported by one, unfortunately this is not the case. However if any would like to welcome me through their doors anytime soon I will happily oblige!