I have been feeling really out of sorts recently. To try and recalibrate myself I decided to dedicate a weekend to self care. Here are my seven top tips for looking after YOU:
- Don’t set any alarms. If your body needs to rest, let it. And if that means waking up in the afternoon, so be it! Don’t beat yourself up for wasting the day, it’s obviously what you needed.
- Relax. Everyone has different ways of winding down and de-stressing. I personally find it SO HARD to chill out, but there are certain things that have an immediate calming effect for me such as lighting candles, snuggling under a blanket and cuddling Colin.
- Indulge a little. I love the concept of Hygge as it is all about doing what makes you feel good, instead of denying yourself things. A little bit of what you fancy every now and then is not going to kill you, so have that chocolate bar, slice of cake or glass of vino!
- Pamper. Bubble baths, face masks, massages, even something as little as painting your nails – dedicating some time to a little bit of a pampering will make you feel relaxed, confident and happy.
- Take care of you. This counts for your mind and your body. I am so bad at meditating regularly, but definitely notice the difference when I take the time to meditate. I use the HeadSpace app, which has great guided meditation exercises as well as loads of specific programmes including anxiety, sleeping, relationships and motivation.
- Nostalgia. Nothing makes me feel happier and more at home than a good Disney movie! Going back to something that has good memories makes you feel cosy and happy. Whether it be a book, film, song, place, food – this will be different for everyone – but tap into that nostalgia and good memories to make you feel even more comfortable and at home.
- Unplug. Now I am as obsessed as the next person with my phone and social media, however it can become a little unhealthy and damaging. Constantly comparing yourself to others and having to read and reply to comments, tags and messages can be so draining, so every so often I like to switch off my phone completely, even if only for a couple of hours. I always find that without this distraction I am paying attention more to what’s going on around me, am more relaxed and notice things that I wouldn’t have done if I were glued to my phone. It really is so refreshing.