Sunday, 14 January 2018

Self-care Tips | #YouMonday

Everyone needs a little TLC once a while and although we are only midway through the first month of 2018, I think self-care is very important.

Today, if you aren't already aware is January 15th, AKA 'Blue Monday'. Why is that?
Off the top of my head it could be due to a variety of factors:
  • the weather -  Seasonal Affective Disorder and lack of sunshine, waking up when is dark and commuting when it is dark, gloomy, cloudy days, rainy, cold...definitely a prophetic fallacy
  • the festivities of Christmas and New Year is over for another year but finances may be feeling the strain
  • resolutions and goals for the year may already be showing signs of weakness, particularly if you are on a health kick. Have you seen that Easter eggs are available already?
  • motivation may be dwindling
For many of us, it isn't as simple as dropping everything and jetting off for some winter sun, or having a personal chef and fitness trainer keep you on the straight and narrow. Sometimes you just need to get yourself out of the funk yourself, one step at a time.

Self-care this 2018:

Take the time to look after yourself.
This could be 30 minutes a week if you find yourself super busy. Run a relaxing bath, burn a candle, paint your nails or apply a face mask. Pamper yourself.
Gemporia kindly sent a 'Revive' bathing ritual set in order to give me a well-deserved boost this Blue Monday. In fact, scrap that. It is #YouMonday now.  The rose quartz is the gemstone which has lent it's qualities and inspiration for this particular set, which body lotion, shimmer wash and candle smell of rosewater, naturally. For your mind, body and soul, taking time out shouldn't be a luxury, but an essential part of our wellness.

Gemporia Revive Bathing Ritual Set inspired by uplifting rose quartz crystal

"I allow myself to feel renewed and my energies lifted"  Gemporia Revive  
Enjoy your hobbies, or begin a new one.
If you used to be an avid reader, but now seem to be on your phone more often than not during the evenings, ensure that you swap to a paperback at least one evening a week.
Get out and about by joining a local walking club; get your fill of some bracing fresh air and sea air is even better in my opinion.

Get enough sleep.
No screens for at least an hour before you go to bed and swap your usual caffeinated drink for a cup of soothing chamomile tea. I particularly like this blend by Clipper.

You don't need to spend money, just spend time in each other's company. Don't forget to laugh and smile to get those good endorphins flowing.

What do my fellow bloggers do as part of their self-care routine?

The Growing Mum enjoys lying on the sofa whilst watching a good comedy show, whilst Twinderelmo enjoys painting her fingers and toes in really bright colours. She isn't the only one, Emma Reed also loves a bubble bath and face mask, plus a hot chocolate in front of a chick flick.

Gemporia Revive Bath Essence and Candle with crystals
(L) Gemporia Revive Rose Quartz Bath Essence (R) Lavender filled cushion, rose quartz crystal and soy candle
The Pram Shed also enjoys a nice relaxing bubble bath and reading a good book, and in addition to a delicious takeaway, Documenting the Drews enjoys watching a good old film to cry to (The Notebook). Pride and Prejudice, a pack of chocolate biscuits and a big cup of tea sorts Yorkshire Wonders out, and Pink Pear Bear likes to indulge in cake of chocolate following a virtuous run or dog walk in the fresh air.

There are some great tried and tested ideas here. What do you try to do for yourself?

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