My Week In A Nutshell

You all know them too well...

..the weeks when you don’t even have half-an-hour to do a load of washing. Well, this week for me, was one of those. My Monday started with an early morning photo shoot followed by a casting, five hours of work, teaching ballet barre, then dinner with friends…and that was just one of the seven days. The balance, let’s say, was lacking.

 Travelling to Europe mid-last-year, I realized a significant difference between work life in Australia and European countries. People in Europe work to live – here, we live to work. European lifestyle is all about food and culture. People work so they can enjoy a big bowl of pasta with a glass of wine for lunch, taking at least an hour to enjoy and appreciate their well-earned break. In Australia, it seems, it gets to four in the afternoon and we have forgotten to take just five minutes to eat lunch because we are too busy with work.

 I mean, what’s more important…work or living?

I’m generalizing when I say this, but most people would sum up their day-to-day job as a stressful day. Monday comes – you get up for work, come home tired, exhausted and uninspired for the next four days. You can imagine the damage a break-less day is putting on our mind and bodies. But what about the strain it puts on our relationship with others, and most importantly, our relationship with ourselves?

 Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves and take on SO much that we can’t even take an hour or to replenish our bodies and disconnect from work for a while?

Applying a few small steps into your busy day will create a snowball effect of positivity and happiness. Here are a few of my favourites.

 Stop and breath

Take three deep breaths. Feel your feet on the floor and give your mind and body a chance to stop and become aware of your body and surroundings. Do this at least three times a day.  It will only take up a minute-and-a-half but the benefits it offers will create endless amounts of happiness, creativity and love.

 Try do something good for someone without them knowing.

Putting someone else’s happiness on your mind will, in turn, improve yours. It comes from a selfless approach and it feels so nice to make someone else happy.

 Meditate

I start my morning with 10 minutes of meditation everyday. It creates awareness and mindfulness – this is something I recommend to EVERYONE!

 Exercise

No one ever regrets adding exercise into the day.

Sing. Dance. Laugh.

Everyday

 Give yourself enough self-love to make YOU the first priority in your busy schedule.

JH xX