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The Importance Of Downtime

Hey there! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!  I know I haven’t blogged in quite some time… my apologies.  Between all the things going on in my business and my personal life, blogging, even though its important to me– falls to the wayside.

About two weeks ago I was contemplating why this is.

I like blogging, I love writing, I love communicating with you all, I love sharing content and thoughts.  Basically: I really enjoy blogging.  So why was I having such resistance to sitting and writing my monthly posts (I haven’t blogged since March!).  After some meditation and introspection—it hit me.  I was a bit burnt out.  I needed some downtime.  Some CTFO time.  I needed to step back from the hecticness of my life and be still for a bit.  I needed to detach and unwind and chill out!

For those of you who are in my practice, you know that this summer I am living basically full time in the Hamptons.  I have a small practice out there, which I love and I stepped back a bit from my other two practices—because I really needed some downtime.  So on June 15th, I moved out east and I’ve been settling in.  Loving the fresh air and my runs down country roads.  I am loving the ocean and the greenery.  I am loving the farm fresh fruits and veggies… and the eggs! I am unwinding.  I am writing and blogging again.  And it feels good.

However, I do realize that its not always that easy—usually we can’t just pack up and move to the beach for a few months.  And, man do I feel grateful that I was able to.  But, of course all this downtime has me thinking—how can we incorporate this downtime into our daily lives? Of course, I talk about this topic a lot (in fact my last blog post was about “slowing down”) but I’m still searching for what can really work in our day to day lives.  So, here’s my top three recommendations for finding downtime amidst our daily lives:

1. CTFO—of course we need our daily dose.  We really need to sit in silence for at least a few minutes EACH AND EVERY DAY.  The clarity that this quiet time brings us is not only good for your mental state, but meditating has been shown to make us healthier too!  So just do it!

2.  Find Joy Daily.  EACH AND EVERY DAY it is so important that you feel a sense of joy.  Even if its only for a few minutes—it will fill you up in so many ways.   So, ask yourself: whats one things I really enjoy that I can do every day?  Is it exercise, it is choosing healthier foods, is it calling a friend, is it singing your favorite song outloud while youre driving? Is it cooking a healthy meal?  It can be super simple, but finding joy each and every day will keep you feeling light and free and happy!

3.  Set Your Intentions.  I know this is kind of a cliché statement, but have you ever pondered what this really means?  To me it means—be in tune with your true self and live your life from that place.  Of course there are daily tasks that we don’t love doing—that we have to do.  Im not talking about that.  Im talking about making deliberate choices in life—with the intent to feel good and to act from a place of feeling good.   For me, each morning (after I hit snooze) I lie in bed and “set my intentions” for the day.  I run through in my head the things I have to do that day and I see them going seamlessly. I see myself feeling happy. I see myself being appreciative.  I see myself being true to Aimee.  By doing this work (its literally a few minutes) its sets the stage for my day and allows me to feel calm and at peace and eager to start my day.

I hope you find this tips helpful and that you try and incorporate them into your daily life.  I actually would like to challenge you to practice these three things daily for 2 weeks and see how damn good and refreshed you feel!  Please tell me about your experience on my facebook page!

About Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc

Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & wellness expert and the best- selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief. A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. Aimee is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products. This article was reviewed's editorial team and is in compliance with our editorial policy.


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