Follow these steps to a more balanced YOU

Liveabalancedlife

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:

1. YOGA

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.

 2. MEDITATION

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.

 3. WALK

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

 4. HYDRATE

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.

 5. CREATE

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.

6. READ

Open up an inspirational book to get your juices flowing. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert helped me get on track with my writing. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is another good one.

 “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” ― Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic

 7. COLOUR

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.

 8. CRYSTALS

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.

 We hope that you find some inspiration in these ideas. and remember: “You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” - Heather SchuckThe Working Mom Manifesto