Take Time For You
My motivation for today’s post came from some of my lovely clients. After teaching my classes I love to have a chat with my clients to see how they are going and if they have any feedback on the class. I have noticed that I receive many comments on how good they feel both physically and mentally after coming to their weekly Pilates class. They often tell me that their body feels better and they feel taller. But most importantly they feel relaxed and calm and love how during a class they can clear their mind and just focus on their body and breathing. I have even had clients tell me that Pilates is their meditation. This morning one of my clients told me that she almost cried during one of today’s stretches as she felt a huge emotional release through the movement. Pilates provides numerous mental and physical benefits which I dive deeper into in my next post, but for today I want to remind you to take some time for you.
With Today’s busy lifestyle it’s easy to forget to take time for ourselves. We fill up our Diaries with work, study, chores and everything else that ‘needs’ to be done but we forget to schedule in time to do the things that we enjoy doing or want to do. We are so busy doing the things we have to do and looking after everyone else that we forget to look after ourselves. You need to remember that you are important and you deserve to take care of yourself. After all, we cannot really look after others if we don’t look after our self first.
We all know that we need to eat well and exercise to be healthy but when we are busy, exercise is usually the first thing to go out the window. Exercise is not only good for us physically but it also carries many mental health benefits. Exercise is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, boost happy chemicals in the body and increase relaxation just to mention a few. So while you’re scheduling your appointments and deadlines remember to block out some time in your day for you.
I am very passionate about the benefits of Pilates and would encourage everyone to try a Pilates class at least once in their life. If after trying a class you decide that Pilates is not for you the most important thing is that you find a form of exercise that you enjoy and remember to allow yourself to take time to do the things you enjoy. I think it is also very important to remember exercise should not be a form of punishment but something that makes us feel good. Sometimes it may not be exercise that your body needs, it could be as simple as reading a book, painting, taking a bath, anything that helps you relax and feel good. Remember to spoil yourself and do something that you enjoy and is good for you every day. Your body and mind will thank you for it (your family probably will too).