I’ve come to realise that whilst I’m pretty good, maybe even, GREAT, at caring for others, I can be a little bit rubbish at caring for myself- and practising self-care. Not always, I go through phases of doing yoga daily, eating well most of the time and taking time out from my busy schedule but at other times, I often find myself run-ragged and in dire need of a reminder to slow the down and chill out. So this is my reminder. For me, as much as for you.
I hope it inspires.
Take a bath. I used to bath in the day when my boys were babies as it was a fun and soothing thing to do together and while we often still takes bath together, bath time helps me chill out, anytime of the day. Add some aromatherapy oils and chill.
Turn off the tech. Give yourself a break and get up and take a walk in the day. Fresh air clears the mind. Try and switch tech off 2 hours pre-bedtime for a deep sleep.
Spring clean your life. Step away from negative people. Unfollow people who don’t make you happy online and work towards not worrying what others think of you.
Run. Running makes me happy. It releases endorphins and lifts me up, however bad I might be feeling.
Get on the map and practise yoga. With incredible how-to YouTube videos, the downward dog has never been easier.
Pamper yourself. I love to get my nails done and make it a fortnightly ritual. Polished nails make me smile. So do spa days.
Get your hair done. A colour, cut and style can make you feel like a new person. Go give your mane some loving.
Light some candles, say a prayer, put positive vibes out into the universe.
Star gaze. Nothing makes me feel more humble or grateful than remembering how small I am in this huge universe of ours. Looking at the stars gives me perspective.
Pop your PJs or coat on the radiator so when you wear it, it warms you up.
Keep a gratitude diary and make a note of all the things you’re grateful for, daily.
Take your time to cook or bake and enjoy eating it slowly, savouring the love that went into making the dish and the flavours.
Learn to play an instrument.
Go to the cinema. Film is a gift, nothing can transport you across time and space like the movies.
Read a book and have several on the go.
Organise your home and work space. Take anything you no longer need or like to charity.