Enter The Chill Out Zone
You are travelling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop, the Chill Out Zone!
Ok, so cheesy pop references to Sci-Fi series aside, let’s talk about giving yourself a Chill Out Pass sometimes.
This week one of younger clients told me about a system at his school where kids are given a Chill Out Pass. This is literally what it is called – a Chill Out Pass and I seriously love it.
As the holder of this pass, you get a chance to excuse yourself from the classroom at any time, without the teacher or other kids asking you questions why. This pass gives you 5 to 10 minutes of chilling outside, on your own to reset your thoughts.
How amazing is this? My first thought was that we all need a chill out pass sometimes.
Just picture this – giving yourself 5 or 10 or 30 minutes or even (heaven forbid) a whole day of uninterrupted time for yourself. I know many of you already do this. However, I know that too many people feel guilty for taking that time for a number of different reasons.
Don’t Justify Your Self Care
So let’s take it one step further – let’s give you this time but insist that you don’t have to explain to anyone else what you’re doing, why you’re doing it.
I think you just entered the Chill Out Zone.
What would you do with this time? Something relaxing, or energising, or just 10 minutes to spend sitting on the toilet reading a book? The time is yours do with as you see fit. Treating yourself with kindness and compassion, rather than negative thoughts, a scattered mind, and the constant feeling of not having enough time for yourself.
So I encourage you to give yourself a chill out pass every now and then. You deserve it.
Hannah Boyd is a nutritionist and herbal medicine practitioner in Sydney’s Inner West. She specialises in wholefood eating, mental health, plant-based diets and hormone balancing. Book an appointment with her today to gain the tools you need to develop a healthy, balanced approach to health.