You can’t fill up from an empty cup!
You wouldn’t expect your car to run without fuel, would you? So why do we feel that taking some time to re-energise is selfish? It’s why people go on holiday – we need to recharge the batteries. In between holidays we also need “mini breaks” and the best way to make the most of these moments is practising some self-care. Self-care doesn’t need to be elaborate either, you don’t need to spend a ton of money or even leave the house if you don’t want to. Self-care should always be achievable!
Here are 9 achievable self-care ideas for you to check out, hopefully, practice and feel benefit from.
Having a salt soak or bubble bath in hot water with some meditation music playing and candles glowing is utter bliss for me. Ideal if you have the place to yourself and at night before bed – preps you for a good night sleep.
It doesn’t matter if you have never ever even tried yoga, you will always find a beginner’s class or YouTube video to work for you. Just making the step to try it is the achievement.
Check out Adriene on YouTube, she is amazing and I LOVE her videos. Here’s a great starting point!
You may have already heard me talk about the Headspace app or reading books on mindfulness. As s strong believer in the practice, I highly recommend it especially if you are new to this practice. Initially, it can seem strange and that’s why I love the headspace app because it eases you into it without any feelings of inadequacy. Mindfulness is for EVERYONE!
Buy Cut Flowers
If you aren’t a fan of flowers or have allergies, then consider skipping this. But if like me you LOVE cut flowers, then spending a few pounds of some beautiful cut flowers will immediately lift your spirits and have them dotted around your home will continue to lift your mood.
Call A Friend
It’s not always easy to pick up the phone when you are feeling low. When in this frame of mind, you just want to shut the world out. That’s fine – I do it a lot but I also know I need a connection to the outside world. I am lucky to have such amazing family and friends who I know I can call anytime, any place, anywhere. Even if it’s a text, that’s enough. It’s a connection.
Music is huge for me. I always play music, I used to DJ and music was my life. These days, I seem to limit myself because being a mum means the girls come first. But whenever I can I will play my tunes. In the car, on my phone/TV/laptop whilst I work. It’s important to enjoy the smaller things in life and music is a power tool – it can take you places, memories will be conjured up and emotions can run high. It’s all good no matter what it is.
Having never used to be a crier, since becoming a mum, that’s all I seem to do. CRY CRY CRY! Watching TV, films, listening to music, watching my girls; I cry a lot. I cry happy tears, I cry sad tears. Again – crying is good and our bodies were designed to do this as a release and it good for a sinus clear-out – so let the tears roll.
Get The Comfies On
It’s all very well looking good, but if you feel uncomfortable that’s not much fun. Dig some baggy trousers and oversized tops and let it all hang.
Watch Life Changing Films
I do love a good film especially one I feel like I’ve come away with a different perspective on life. I tend to have film nights over a weekend which is an ideal time to stop, relax and turn off from the outside world. There are so many films to choose from too but here are a few of my favourites.
The Colour Purple
Me Before You
Marley & Me
The Big Short
We Bought a Zoo
The Breakfast Club
Life of Pi
Bridge to Terabithia
O Brother Where Art Thou
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Green Mile
The Shawshank Redemption
Clash of the Titans
12 Years a Slave
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Jason and the Argonauts
The Grand Budapest Hotel
What is your ideal self-care thing to do? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Light & Love
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