Creating space for yourself can be the hardest part of your day. We are so busy with our everyday lives. We get up and go go go. Rarely ever checking in with our mental and physical health. We get caught up in the busyness of our lives that often times our own health is put on the back burner. Maybe that paper for school or project for the big boss is looming over you at work and everything else doesn’t seem to matter. I beg to differ.
I have found more and more over the last 2 years that in order to stay mentally and physically healthy I have to create space for myself, even if it is only for 5 minutes. That’s the key. It is more than okay to take a “rest day” for a day…but did you catch that? I said, “a day”. It is incredibly easily to just say, “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow.” How many tomorrow’s are you going to let go by until suddenly it’s been 2 weeks…a whole month?
Spend just 5 minutes in your space. Those 5 minutes will help you create a habit of spending time on your own. Maybe it’s 5 minutes of sun salutations right when you wake up and get out of bed. Or maybe it’s 5 minutes of deep breathing in a seated position right before bed. Or maybe it’s 5 minutes of guided meditation with a meditation app you’ve found. Or maybe it’s 5 minutes of journaling or art. Or maybe it’s 5 minutes of seated mountain pose at your desk at work. 5 minutes may not seem like a long time. But trust me, 5 minutes can go a long way.
A few friends have messaged me a long the way during my yoga journey these past 2 years saying that I have inspired them to get on their mats. That’s beautiful and exactly why I post all my photos on my instagram and why I started this blog, in the hopes of creating a movement for…movement. Every time someone has contacted me with these words, I usually remind them and encourage them to keep creating space for themselves. Ultimately their practice is their own and I cannot be the sole reason for their movement. I remind them to keep at it, everyday, even for just 5 minutes.
Have you created space for yourself today?