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Personal: Make more time for yourself

I don’t know if I’m too early with my new year’s resolutions for 2017, or if I’m just too late for 2016. However, I believe it’s never too early or too late to listen to yourself and make a change whenever you feel it’s about time.

The past 3 years, basically since graduating university and facing work life, I’ve constantly had this one issue I could not solve: Making more time for myself. When I was working for Formula 1 after graduating I was on the go all the time, living out of my suitcase with no daily routines at all. Later on, working in an agency, I did have my routines, but what was missing was time. Neither of these occupations were classic 9 to 5 jobs, which made it even harder to squeeze in some me-time. But as different as these jobs were, they taught me one thing: You alone are responsible for managing your time and looking after yourself.

People who know me, especially my family and close friends, know I’m that person who nags those I love. “You look tired, get some rest. Quit smoking, it’s not good for you. Don’t work so much, you deserve a holiday.” – these are my standard sentences. But when it comes to myself, I’m terrible at listening to my own advice. I get wrapped up in work so easily that I don’t manage to buy food, because the shops are already closed. It takes me weeks to make a doctor’s appointment or it takes serious efforts of persuasion from my boyfriend that I call in sick. But why is it so hard to listen to yourself and look after yourself, when it’s actually that simple: take time for your meals, get some extra sleep when needed, drink those 8 glasses of water a day, move your body and take time to catch up on things you love doing. All of this should be a priority in our lives. And I’ve decided it’s time to make it one.

I want to start off this new mindset by slowly changing my daily routines and habits. My first big change will be taking time for breakfast every morning, not only on weekends or holidays. My second change is to incorporate more “me-time” into my days. This could be taking a lovely bath at night, cuddle up early in bed and read a book, call friends I haven’t spoken in a while… All the things that make me happy. And on top of that I want to try out something new: Yoga.

This topic has been in magazines and on many blogs I follow over the past months. Inevitably, I got curious why there is such a hype for it. After reading about all the benefits Yoga provides and realizing it’s actually not that hard to start with it, I was sold.

“Yoga is proven to be perfect for the relaxation of the nervous system, the back and the spine. It improves the performance of the brain, heart, and lungs. Your immune system becomes more resilient and you will quickly feel an emotional balance. Creativity and self-confidence are strengthened and your concentration is increased.”

Personally, I love how Yoga is a training for relaxation and strengthening at the same time. I’ve been doing some Yoga exercises at home for two weeks now, and I can already say that I do feel a positive effect. It’s calming and exhausting at the same time and the perfect ending to a long day sitting in front of a laptop.

If you’re interested in starting Yoga and are looking for tips for a successful start, I can highly recommend to check out Zalando’s “We Love Yoga” Guide. You can find workout videos, a Yoga playlist by Ju from JuYogi and a Yoga guide with all the things you need for a perfect start.

As I said before, we alone are responsible for looking after ourselves – it does not take much to do it, but it takes time to do it. And that’s what I want to give myself: more time.

More time for myself, for my well-being, for my family and friends, for all the things that I love doing. Because I realized only if I’m at my best and happy with myself, I have the ability to help others and make them happy.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Julia
    1. November 2016 at 19:55

    Toller Beitrag Nina!
    Mir ging es ähnlich und mittlerweile hab ich meine Leidenschaft zu meinem Beruf gemacht und bin Yogalehrerin und habe seit Kurzem einen Yogablog.
    Schau doch mal vorbei.
    Würde mich freuen 🙂
    Alles Liebe
    Julia
    http://www.yogaandjuliet.com

    • Reply
      Nina Wro
      1. November 2016 at 19:58

      Liebe Julia!
      Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar – bin dir gerade auf Instagram gefolgt 🙂 Bin ein ziemlicher Neuling auf dem Gebiet und freu mich sehr über Inspiration von erfahrenen “Yogis” – ich schau auf jeden Fall sehr gerne bei dir vorbei!
      Liebe Grüße, Nina

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    Johanna
    1. November 2016 at 21:40

    Ich kann “Yoga with Adrienne” auf YouTube sehr empfehlen! Viele der (v.A. US ladies) sind mir immer viel zu “zen” oder zu hyper, aber ihr könnte ich echt Stunden zuhören. Und sie hat auch tolle Videos für Beginner! Die 20 Minuten machen einen perfekt müde für’s Bett (und jetzt sollte ich dringend auch mal wieder Yoga machen ^^)

    PS: Danke für die Hut-Tipps! :*

    • Reply
      Nina Wro
      8. November 2016 at 8:33

      Vielen Dank für den super Tipp! hab ich mir am Wochenende bereits angesehen und find ich auch mega!
      Ich find 20-30 Minuten auch perfekt zum Abschalten – oder auch zum Aufwachen am Morgen, aber daran muss ich noch arbeiten. #notamorningperson
      xo

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    Sandra Slusna
    1. November 2016 at 22:12

    Das hört sich ja richtig toll an liebe Nina, ich sollte mir auf jeden Fall auch mehr Zeit für mich nehmen, auch wenn ich es jetzt auch versuche, aber es ist halt schwer alles mit Schule, Blog… zu verknüpfen und sich dann dennoch noch Zeit für andere Dinge finden! Auf jeden Fall danke für deine Inspiration, mit Yoga werde ich glaube ich nicht anfangen, aber Pilates finde ich super… Die Bilder sind übrigens wieder Mal unglaublich toll geworden!
    Mit liebsten Grüßen
    Sandra von http://www.shineoffashion.com
    https://www.instagram.com/sandraslusna/

    • Reply
      Nina Wro
      8. November 2016 at 8:32

      Hi Sandra,
      ich glaub, dass es einfach wichtig ist Prioritäten zu setzten und sich selbst dabei nicht zu vergessen. Bin mir sicher, du findest eine super Lösung, die für dich perfekt passt. Pilates find ich auch sehr toll!! Vielen Dank für das liebe Kompliment xo Nina

  • Reply
    Ines
    1. November 2016 at 22:55

    Hallo 🙂
    Die “30 days of yoga challenge” ist total spitze für alle Neulinge. Jedes Video ist über YouTube abrufbar und somit kostenlos. Ich hätte niemals gedacht, dass Yoga so effektiv und entspannend zugleich sein kann. Guys, give it a try 😉

    • Reply
      Nina Wro
      8. November 2016 at 8:31

      Hallo Ines,

      vielen Dank für den Tipp! Da werd ich auf jeden Fall mal rein schauen 🙂 Danke dir!

  • Reply
    Tini.and.nala
    1. November 2016 at 23:35

    Du sprichst mir aus der Seele liebes ! Go for it – jetzt bist du dran!!!!

    • Reply
      Nina Wro
      8. November 2016 at 8:36

      thanks sweetie! and soon it will be your turn!! #girlboss

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