Be Kind To Yourself
We are all so busy in our day-to-day lives that we forget to do things like putting the rubbish out, replying to a text message or even hanging the washing up. But one thing we all need to take the time to do especially after the rollercoaster of 2020, is to be kind to ourselves, take time to be mindful of how we are truly feeling, and take a breather. Being able to step away from your usual schedule to focus on your wellbeing can help lower stress and refresh your mind to start a new day. You might be struggling with how to make this possible, but there are some simple things you can do without even leaving your home (although a good walk does help to clear away the cobwebs).
Freshen things up
Having plants around the home can be more beneficial to your mood and health than you’d think. Plants are clever little things (or big if you’ve got green fingers) that freshen the air, help to eliminate harmful toxins and improve your concentration and productivity - not to mention they look lovely too, and that can help relaxation. Try dotting a few around the house including your bedroom, to bring a touch of the outdoors inside and brighten the place up even if they are faux plants.
With the bedroom in mind, try to take the time to refresh your bedtime routine so you’re really focusing on yourself and getting ready to hit the hay. Have a lovely long soak in the bath with your favourite scents, music and if you’re feeling brave - a good book. If you’re worried the book might end up making a splash, save it for after you’ve changed your sheets and slipped into bed. Getting an early night, even if it’s every so often, can really help boost your mood and increase your energy levels.
It’s all about you
One thing we all struggle with, is making time for ourselves. It’s so easy to fall into a routine that means you’re missing out on quality ‘me time’ and right now, we all need a pick-me-up. Try doing something that you enjoy- forget the washing up or tidying for now, simply spend as much time as you can spare. Pick up a book, listen to your favourite music, get starting on a craft project you’ve had your eye on or even pour yourself a cup of tea, sink into the sofa and catch up (or binge watch) on Netflix. Yoga is also a ‘me time’ activity and the talented yoga expert Georgina Smith says that it encourages you to be kind to yourself and by taking note of three things a day you’re grateful for, you can help clear your mind. Sometime a good old phone detox for an evening will help you unwind, separating yourself from social media, the news or just getting immersed in scrolling which can lower your mood. Try to pop your phone in a drawer (keep it on loud in case someone calls) and stay away from screens for a while.
Whatever you find yourself doing, remember to think about yourself amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life. You deserve it, so remember to be kind to yourself.