Thursday, 1 October 2015

Relaxation & Self Care

I think self care is something a lot of us completely forget about or don't bother with because we're too busy working, stressing, or simply opening too many tabs for our brains to even begin to cope with. And then, before we know it, we can't sleep, we over/under eat, drink, smoke.. you get the idea.

But really, if we don't look after ourselves, then who will? And if we're not well, how can we possibly look after others? Relaxing and looking after ourselves is something we really should all be doing and I really do think it's important to look after your mind. So, when I was asked by Legal & General home insurance* to discuss how to relax at home, it didn't require much thinking about. Staying relaxed is completely different for us all, we're all individual and will prefer to relax in different ways, but here are some of my favourites.

1. Create a calm, relaxed, safe environment. We live in an age where everything is go, go, go and we're usually using something electronic - I mean, I'm writing this on my Macbook now. Anxiety is also cropping up more and more so step away from the online world and comparison, create a little area with some scented candles, blankets and pillows and just enjoy your own company. A home which you love and feel safe in is one where you'll definitely feel more relaxed.

2. Find a focused activity. Not everyone loves reading but it is a really great escape. However, you could also try painting, listening to music, sewing/knitting, baking etc. Just something that you can do without staring at a screen.

3. Practice yoga or mindfulness. Ok, I know this isn't for everyone and it's not always for me either but just taking 10 minutes to focus on breathing or stretching is actually really helpful. There are some amazing routines on youtube such as Yoga with Adriene that are really great.

4. Take a hot bath, paint your nails or apply a face mask. Just three simple things that you can do to pamper yourself a little bit and will make you feel better, more relaxed (and a little bit warmer in the autumn/winter months!).

5. Get some exercise. Maybe you're not one for always chilling out so maybe going for a country walk or run is better for you. Exercise = endorphins, and all that. Just getting out and clearing your head will do the world of good.

Oh, and don't feel bad about it either. Just 30 minutes to recharge your batteries will be appreciated by your brain and body. I know I'm definitely trying to spend less time on social media and make time for myself because I really do believe that if you aren't well, how can you possibly be capable of looking after someone else?
*This post was written in collaboration with Legal & General insurance
but all  opinions are my own.


Unknown said...

I totally agree with all of this! I'm always trying to get something done and something forget to just chill! I do love a nice pamper session when I can though - a warm bath, a face mask and a massage if my partner is feeling generous, haha! Lovely post. :) xx

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Joanne said...

I always need to unwind at the end of the week and I always try to find time to pamper myself with sheet masks and catching up on my shows or reading a book.

Joanne said...

I always need to unwind at the end of the week and I always try to find time to pamper myself with sheet masks and catching up on my shows or reading a book.

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