Today it’s kinda gross and half snowing, half attaching icicles to every available surface. I’m not even sure if it’s daylight coming through the window at 10:30 in the morning or just perpetual ‘grey’. Pathetic Fallacy is the phrase I think (thanks, Google, hon)
It’s been playing on my mind for the last week or so, just how important it is for us lil humans to take care of ourselves. We’re always so busy; rushing around, jam-packing our time especially around this time of year and more often than not we end up burnt out and stressed.
I’m pretty sure that 99% of my lovely colleagues (myself included) have fallen ill in the past two weeks. It’s the beginning of the year, it’s almost spring and you have 5639 things to do. Not ideal when you can’t even breathe out of 1.75 of your nostrils. Sigh.
How many of us actually find (or make) the time to give ourselves a bit of self-lovin’ and a chance to unwind. We spend so much time trying to make all the separate parts of our lives fit together in order to be that ‘Boss Girl’ you see portrayed in every form of social media that we neglect the most important aspect of that. Self-care.
You can’t be your best self if you’re sporting two overloaded Primark-sized bags under your eyes; your face crumbed with concealer in an attempt to hide that ever-pesky stress break out on your chin. Gals and Guys, we need to remember to treat our lovely bodies like the temples they are.
So, in the spirit of this, I thought I’d stick together a list of easy 5 ways to incorporate self-care into your day to day life. Forget having to sacrifice precious, precious sleep in order to practice an hour of deep meditation and juicing lemongrass every morning because I am just not about that life.
1. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it time and time again; Decluttering is a sure-fire way of relaxing your mind. I’m awful at cluttering and anyone who knows me well can vouch for the horror of empty mugs and yesterday’s socks that is my room 75% of the time. I can assure you that spending a good hour or so intensely decluttering, organising, and making your bed is one of the most soul cleansing activities you can do. Nothing says victory like carrying the last week’s worth of mugs and water bottles out of your bedroom.
2. I’m not going to lie, this next one sounds a bit dramatic but seriously; turn off your phone. Even for just an hour; by spending that time going about our day completely unplugged it’s amazing how productive and efficient you can be. We live in a world influenced almost entirely by social media to the point that I can quite safely admit that the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is to check my phone. Pretty sad really. We’re forever comparing ourselves and rating each other and checking what each and every person is doing in their (let’s be honest) relatively boring day-to-day lives that we forget that we ourselves should be living our OWN life. Ours, for us. Not everybody else’s.
3. That brings me on to my third tip and one that I use frequently as an ultimate quick-fix. That is, to slow down and simply Be Present. When life is getting too much and you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed and tired and hungry and hormonal all at the same time sometimes the best thing to do is to just stop and reevaluate. Just be present there and then at that moment. You could go to the toilets if you’re out, step outside or sit on the sofa and just breathe and clear your head for 2 minutes. It will help to focus your mind and forget about the distractions of everyday life and allow you to destress before tackling whatever obstacle you face.
4. Nothing says self-love like treating yourself. I find that 50% of all my purchases are done when I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself, and do you know what; that’s a-OK. Buy the shoes, indulge in that new Krispy Kreme flavour. Hell, even grabbing yourself a beautiful bunch of flowers is sure to lift your mood and remind you to put yourself first sometimes, no matter what.
5. It’s not all about putting yourself first though. One of the most valuable ways of caring for ourselves is to care for other people too.Often, just the simple act of being kind to another person can have the most profound knock on effects. Humanity can exist in the mundane and by helping someone else it can really help put things into perspective for you. Let’s be honest, nothing feels quite as good as being kind to another person, even just remembering to smile at other people, or inviting a friend for a cup of tea is something we should aim to do a lot more often, it’s not hard and it could make someone else’s day better too. a Be kind and caring, always.
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