New year, new beginnings and all that jazz! January so far has been interesting, however, I’m trying to take each day as it comes.
Self love, health, happiness, kindness, family and friendships are the most vital aspects of life and I’m doing my best to ensure I make those six a priority. As well as practicing self love and mindfulness.
It’s the year that I want to ensure I’m putting myself first instead of second.
While it’s great to help others (which I will continue to do anyway), I need to ensure my wellbeing is top priority, which means I need to use my headspace and calm app every single day (well, try to).
I need to also make sure that I’m communicating in person (as well as digitally), make new connections, make time for people I care about, write what I’m passionate about and of course doing a bit of pampering (face masks, baths, paint nails – the whole sha-bang) – It’s ok to have a lazy day once in a while (usually Saturday’s or Sunday’s are my most chilled days).
It’s ok to wear make-up or go bare faced. It’s ok to want to do nothing but breathe and enjoy walks outside.
It’s ok to smile more, be kind more (to self included) and to stop focusing on the negatives or comparing myself to others.
As well as self love, I’m trying to be more cautious of what I am eating (damn my sweet tooth though)!
This January, Joe and I are doing ‘veggie week’. Well, I will try and do it for the whole month, however, it’s really hard as I love fish and chicken too much (sorry if you’re vegan). However, I feel like I do eat a lot of plant based foods already – such as oat milk, coconut milk, vegetables and so forth.
I also need to practice mindfulness, yoga and exercise more regularly. I’ve slipped into bad habits and haven’t been exercising as much as I used to. I need to get back into the swing of things and exercise every day or 4/5 times a week.
Another self love activity would be to read more! One of my aunties bought me a book titled Ruby Wax with a Neuroscientist & a Monk How To Be Human The Manual which I need to get stuck in to.
I also want to get involved with more charity work. Charities that I’m passionate about – Mind, Anti Bullying, Endometriosis (read my endometriosis story here), Crisis, Alzheimers Society, Age UK, Salvation Army, Macmillan Cancer and Animal Charities such as WWF, RSPCA, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, WWF and Guide Dogs.
Another great self love activity can be watching a film or a tv series. Joe and I have been watching The Good Place on Netflix – which has been really good, as well as watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother.
I also want to check out You, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and some other documentaries!
Also, I tried to watch ‘Up’ the other day, but I got a bit teary at the start of the film so I had to turn off and watch something else. Joe and I watched Spiderman – The Homecoming instead and really enjoyed it!
So, that’s it folks! There’s lots of self love activities you can try – google and you’ll find loads of ways to unwind, relax and enjoy your me time.
I find writing, watching a good old tv series, lighting a candle, having a bubble bath, and sometimes baking/cooking really relaxing.
If you’re struggling with trying to relax and trying to practice a bit of self love, try a mindfulness app such as Headspace or Calm. Or, brainstorm things that help you switch off your busy mind. Pace yourself slowly and remember it’s ok to not be ok.
What self love activities do you do? Let me know in the comments below as I love to try, do and see new things!
You may also be interested in my Life Update blog post from August last year.