TIME, REST, BREATH The important need to simply stop, rest, just be & breath by Helens Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com

“TIME, REST, BREATH” The important need to simply stop, rest, just be & breath!

“TIME, REST, BREATH”

A slogan to remind us esp when we are stressed out or having a manic time, that we also need to take time to stop, de-stress and calm our minds and bodies down!

Sometimes your body gives you NO choice in just stopping and needing to rest or just be still.

I learnt this the hard way in my early 20’s when I got Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia (read all about my story of getting ill by clicking HERE to open a new tab blog post all about it)

For others it’s when they are pregnant, ill, fatigued, recovering from an operation or medical treatment etc – that they discover the concept of having no choice but to listen to their body and STOP!

Also the discovery of the need for resting and the importance of just being still.

Give yourself time to just be and not do!

I shared this image below in my FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT & AWARENESS GROUP on Facebook (click on group name to open link to it in another window as you are all invited to join the group) which I think sums up this need beautifully:

TIME, REST, BREATH The important need to simply stop, rest, just be & breath by Helens Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com

The important need to simply stop, rest, just be & breath!

Some see rest or stillness as being boring or too quiet. Maybe it’s stone as adults we need to learn once again how to enjoy being still and just being in that moment.

Here is a mindfulness exercise you can try to help you ‘just be’ in the present:

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Try to clear your head from thinking about events, feelings, problems etc.
  3. Concentrate on hearing the noises around you.
  4. What can you hear?
  5. Listen, notice and in your mind list the things you can hear (eg: a clicking clock, traffic noises, the hum of the fridge, the birds singing, etc…)
  6. Choose your favourite sound out of the list & try to cut out the other sounds by solely concentrating on your favourite noise.
  7. See what pictures come to mind as you listen to that one noise.
  8. After a while, choose another sound from your list and try to drown out the other sounds to concentrate on the one chosen sound.
  9. You can do this for all the sounds on the list individually if you have time.
  10. If outside thoughts, problems, questions come into your mind, try to make a conscious decision to push them aside and concentrate on the noises and the pictures they bring to mind.
  11. To end the exercise take a deep long breath in, hold it for a few seconds and then blow out the breath slowly. Open your eyes when you feel ready…

Mind full or Mindful?

Yet in those times of needed rest for our bodies, our minds on the other hand, can be very active despite the bodies stillness.

Physical pain can drag us into mental pain, desperation & hopelessness etc… these are natural emotions that come along with having to battle Chronic Illness or experiencing some sort of debilitation out of your control.

However, this is where we have a choice to make, do we:

  • Get dragged down into negative emotions of it all?
  • Let negative feelings or fears start to take over and be consumed by them?
  • Get stressed because you literally haven’t sat down

Despite not having physical power, we do have the internal power to try our hardest to not be mentally debilitated also!

 

Below is a list of things we can do in order to try & keep a positive mental attitude even when our bodies are exhausted, worn out or hopeless:
Have a mental reply to these feelings waiting in the wings of your brain
Use Affirmations
✨ Saying a positive for each negative you say to yourself or outloud
Breathing exercises
Relaxation techniques
Self massage
Tapping
Prayer
Meditation
Self-help techniques
Music therapy (relaxation music, praise music, sounds of nature, specific lyrics etc)
Self-hypnosis
Sounds of nature
Art Therapy (colouring & crafts, knitting, etc)

There are more I can add but those are the essentials that come to my mind. What else would you add to the list???

Enjoy these self-love, self-help, self-care posts? Well here are some more links to my blog posts that might be of empowering interest from you:

(click blog titles to open up the posts)

> “You are…” a SELF-LOVE AFFIRMATION to remind us how AMAZING we are!

> HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK WHEN LIFE MAKES YOU HARD ON YOURSELF! A FREE PRINTABLE AFFIRMATION, TO ENCOURAGE SELF-LOVE, FORGIVENESS & LETTING GO…

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12 thoughts on ““TIME, REST, BREATH” The important need to simply stop, rest, just be & breath!

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      ahh lovely! Glad you got to read this just at the right time as you needed it & to use in the future also – that’s perfect ❤ Yes I thought it is a great quote/image to match the essence of this posts message too 🙂

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  2. lib says:

    Yes, as someone forced into a period of rest through illness, I can say that this has been a hard thing to do, to allow myself to just be, but I am learning to do it! Agree with all these tips xx

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Thank you for the feedback & for me to know others agree with the tips I’m sharing.

      It is a hard thing to do when you are used to being on the go and have a big ‘to do’ list – but as ill health will force, rest is vital for survival and recovery ❤

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  3. Natasha Bolger says:

    This post is something that I really needed to read today. Mindfulness really is useful. Until I tried it I always thought it was nothing and wouldn’t actually do anything for me. But I was wrong. It completely relaxed me and I began to take deep breathes and continue to think positively.

    I like your idea of saying something positive each time you say something negative about yourself. I think I’ll give this a go!

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      So glad this post found you today Natasha just when you needed to read it 🙌
      For sure mindfulness is really important esp in such a busy paced world and with health issues.

      I hope the saying something positive for every negative is a tip that really works for you as it has for me too 💪 Best of luck with it…

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