Follow these steps to a more balanced YOU
January is #LiveaBalancedLife month. Paying attention to our physical and mental well-being is so important for our state of minds as well as our creativity and productivity. As New York Times best-selling author and one of the world’s leading high performance coach; Brendon Burchard says:
‘When we amplify the best within us, we can achieve something miraculous.’
The same goes for writers and other creatives. So, lets squeeze a little inspirational juice on the matter. of finding a balanced life so that we can be the best versions of ourselves. Here are Freshly Press’ top tips for a creating well-being:
Consider starting your day with some yoga. Have a look at Yoga International for poses specifically great for writers. Don’t be afraid of yoga, you really do not need to be super bendy. The mountain pose is basically standing straight with your back against a wall. Most of the poses for writers will concentrate on the neck and shoulders, wrists and getting all those muscles to stretch.
A simple solution to getting the mind back on track. Not just for writer’s block, there are simple methods to get you in the right frame of mind. To clear your mind of inner chatter. Sitting in a chair, close your eyes and breathe, in and then out. If the mind wanders, acknowledge that it has gone rogue and then bring yourself back to the breath.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
GUIDED MEDITATIONS are a great way to take the pressure off yourself. A simple internet search for ‘guided meditation for writers’ will yield great results. Check them out and choose one that suits your style.
Go for a walk, listen to the breeze in the trees, the birds going about their day. This can turn into a form of walking meditation. This is all about being present in the moment and observing everything around you.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
Stand up, stretch, walk into your kitchen and pop the kettle on for a BREW. This is about taking a break and giving your mind a rest. Consider herbal teas for mental enhancements. Of course, Freshly Press would recommend a zesty lemon balm tea. Some studies have shown that lemon balm improves mood and mental performance, promotes calmness and improves memory. Sage tea for brain health. Passionflower tea is a good choice for relieving anxiety and promoting calmness.
Carry out a LEFT-BRAIN activity, i.e. do something creative, drawing, colouring in, play a musical instrument or bake a cake or cook tonight’s dinner. The left brain is all about creative stimulation.
Colouring has become a popular adult recreation. Click on the image below to get a free PDF Mandala to download.
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
Find inspiration – either in your clothing or in the room you choose to write in.
RED to feel energised and positive
ORANGE to feel confident and full of self-esteem
YELLOW for creativity and inspiration
BLUE for calmness
PURPLE for inspiration
For more on this check out The Essential Guide to Mindful Dressing by Jules Standish.
For creativity and inspiration, have a natural piece or a tumbled stone.
Citrine for inspiration, motivation and an energy boost
Carnelian for creativity, confidence and again energy
Tiger’s eye for focus and determination
Celestite for creative writing and helping with writer’s block.
Judy Hall is a leading expert on crystals, check out her site for more information on using crystals to enhance your life.
9. NATURE’S REMEDY
Finally, another idea to get those creative juices flowing is to use ESSENTIAL OILS, some good ones for creativity are:
Tangarine the oil of joy and creativity. You can pop a few drops on each of your palms, rub them together and breathe in the smell. Rub on you wrists too as you would any perfume.
Frankinsense for calm, you can use this one in a diffuser
Lavendar for communication, again diffuse, or rub on your hands
Clary Sage for clarity and vision, apply to pulse points or diffuse.
Jasmin for optimism and confidence, diffuse or apply directly onto skin
Peppermint for concentration, inhale from the bottle for a direct hit, diffuse or rub directly onto skin.