Self Care Season

Hello!

Can you believe we are over a week into 2019 already!? I’ve had quite a slow start to the year as I’ve been off work since the 2nd January, but unfortunately I’m back to work today!

Today I’m going to share with you some of my self care tips. January is one of the most important times to cut yourself some slack and take time out to look after yourself. It can be easy to get burned out during this month. Between being drained (mentally and financially) from the festive period and getting back into the swing of things at work, January can be a bit of a struggle. So here are five of my ways to make yourself feel better!

Bath Time!

One of my favourite ways to chill out is by having a nice long bath. If, like me, you’ve been inundated with bath products this Christmas, not only is this a good way to start using them up, but it’s also super relaxing. Go all out, light some candles, play some music or put on your favourite podcast. If you don’t have a bath, even just taking the time to have a nice long shower can be really relaxing, especially since you’re not rushing around trying to make sure you leave the house on time!

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At home pamper sesh

Think face masks, doing your nails, slathering yourself in moisturiser. I love nothing more than taking a night in to do all of the above. Nothing better.

Read a good book

For me, there is nothing better than curling up with one of my favourite books. And as much as I love discovering new books and authors, there’s something so nice about re-reading an old faithful! Personally, I love re-reading the Harry Potter books at this time of year. Add a mug of tea or hot chocolate for maximum cosiness.

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Eat some food you love

Whether you enjoy cooking a proper healthy meal from scratch or prefer Dominos bringing a large pepperoni plus dough balls straight to your door (drools), having your favourite food is a great way to feel better if you’ve been a bit down. So go on, have that bit of leftover Christmas chocolate you’ve been trying to ignore!

Yoga

So me and exercise don’t exactly go hand-in-hand (last time I went to the gym I spent approximately 5 minutes doing actual exercise and 45 minutes watching the university rowing team who arrived just after I did). BUT, I have recently started doing some at-home yoga practice and I’m loving it! If you’ve never tried yoga before, I would really recommend heading over to Youtube and searching for Yoga with Adriene. This woman is a godsend! She has a range of practices for different levels of experience, and her videos can last from 10 minutes to over an hour, so you can always find something suitable. I sometimes find following youtube videos really difficult but Adriene makes it easy, especially if you’re new to yoga.

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So, just because it’s back to reality this month, don’t forget to take some time to chill out and look after yourself!

What are your self care tips?

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To resolution, or not to resolution?

Happy New Year!

A friend once wished me a happy new year and said that she hoped the year brought me everything I wished for, which is a really lovely thought and is something that has stuck with me.  So, to everyone who reads this, I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish for!

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This time of year brings with it the usual onslaught of ‘New Year’s Resolution’ posts all over social media.  These usually revolve around making big changes in your life, such as dieting, getting a new job, etc.  This is fine if it’s something you’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway, but is it really worth making a resolution just because you feel you should?

In the past, I’ve made resolutions myself, including things like working out every day and learning a new language.  I have yet to succeed in a single one.

The problem with making a New Year’s Resolution is that we put too much pressure on ourselves to have instant success, when in fact life so often gets in the way and prevents us from achieving this.  How can you start a no-sugar diet when your house is still full of Christmas chocolate?  Going to the gym every day is fine, but what about those days when you just don’t want to leave the house?  And when we do inevitably eat that Lindt teddy bear we had stashed at the back of the cupboard, or choose to stay in bed for an extra half hour instead of working out, a wave of guilt follows.  After the first ‘failure’, it’s more difficult to get back on plan, and soon your resolution is cast aside.

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But we shouldn’t feel guilty for these ‘lapses’.  Because that’s just life!  You can plan out your day to the very minute, but something will always crop up that throws you off schedule, and you need to allow for adjustments.

So instead of making a fixed resolution, maybe it would be more realistic to have a series of smaller monthly, or weekly goals, which can eventually get you to where you want to be.  One of my aims for this year is to cut down on meat consumption, but I know that I wouldn’t be able to just stop eating cold turkey , so I’m going to try gradually introducing more vegetarian meals to my diet until I can (hopefully) cut out meat altogether.

Don’t get me wrong, different things work for different people, and for some it may be necessary to have a strict regime.  But don’t feel bad if this doesn’t work for you, and don’t give up on a goal just because you haven’t achieved it within a month or two, or because you see someone else’s ‘success’ on Instagram.

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After all, we all work at our own pace and have our own ways of defining success.  So maybe don’t worry too much about making a New Year’s Resolution, but instead think about the areas you may want to improve on in your life, and take small steps to try to get there.

What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions? Do they work for you, or do you think they’re complete rubbish?  I’d love to hear some other opinions on this, so please leave some comments!