If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know how I feel about taking time each day for some reflection or stillness.

Without any whitespace in our lives, we are constantly on the go from the moment we drag ourselves out of bed, until we collapse back into them in the evening.

This keeps us in ‘doing’ mode, and because of the length of vets’ working days and the emotional nature of our job, it often means we stay in cortisol-mode and Beta brain waves all day as well.

Staying permanently in this hormonal and brainwave pattern is not good long term for our mental, physical and emotional health and it contributes towards feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and also we stay up inside our cognitive heads, and start to lose touch with who we are underneath.

Proactively making the decision once daily, even if only for 10 minutes, to switch on your parasympathetic nervous system, and shift into alpha or theta brainwaves can make a big impact on stress levels and many other areas.

Having a designated space you go to in your home for doing your reflective thinking really helps and at this time of year it’s nice to be outside.

Last summer, I made myself a little mini-meditation garden and I’ve loved using it over the last 12 months.

In this week’s VLOG you can see how to create a similar garden in your own outdoor space, even if all you have is a tiny courtyard or balcony.

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