It seems everywhere I look at the minute I see articles about the importance of self-care. How beneficial it is to make time for yourself, how to look after your body, mind, and soul. It seems obvious, but with our hectic lifestyles nowadays it can be so difficult to make time for yourself, I am definitely one who is guilty of that. As you may, or may not, know I have psoriatic arthritis. This is an auto-immune disease that can occur in people who have psoriasis. It was stress that brought my arthritis about. Not looking after my mind, body or soul. I was stressed at work, stressed at home and just generally stressed with life.
I wish I had taken time for myself, to allow myself to destress but now I have a Pinterest board full of ideas on how to make time for myself. These are some of my favourites:
- Read a book – actually taking the time to enjoy a book. I have the kindle app on my phone but I have found recently that I have been craving physically holding a book. So I did a wee bit of research, found some books I would like and made use of my Amazon Prime (much to Matt’s delight!)
- Learn a new skill – well I am definitely an advocate for this – I love learning new things. I am currently learning to sew with a machine so I can make my own clothes. Being a tall, large lass can make it difficult to find clothes I like in a style I like.
- Go for a walk – I have been trying to take the time to go for a wee walk – even if it is just round the block. It’s so good to get ‘fresh’ air and to try and stretch a bit. My hip hasn’t been great recently so I need to do it more often.
- Pamper – I have been taking time to ‘pamper’ myself be it with a hot stones massage, tying my hair up and putting a face mask on, or doing my nails. It’s amazing to just put our little side lamps on, switch the big light off and relax.
- Before bed, I have been taking five minutes to do some meditation. To try to quiet my brain. I have an app I use called Sleep easily by Shazzie. It has been incredibly useful for chilling out before I fall asleep and truthfully there are times when I have listened to it and as soon as my head hits the pillow I’m asleep.
- Writing down 3 things I am grateful for daily is a habit I am trying to get into. There have been numerous studies into how beneficial it can be to write down things you are grateful for – particularly for those who also suffer from depression.
What do you do to nourish your mind, body, and soul? Is self-care something you’ve read a lot about? Or is it relatively new to you? Well here is how I took part in self-care today . . .
Matt described me as Hannibal Lecter, looking like I was wearing someone’s skin and because of where it sat I couldn’t speak or laugh properly so I think it probably was quite scary looking for him – for me though I enjoyed five minutes of pampering myself and now my skin feels smooth A.F.
In terms of looking after my body, as you know this blog started as more of a weight loss/lifestyle change blog and after a bit of a hiatus, I am back on it. I have joined a program called ‘Our Path.’ And it is very much about nutrition. You get a dedicated group, with a dedicated nutritionist. You are given recipe ideas and certain things to follow. So starting on Monday I’ll be doing ‘Reset’ phrase. I’ll be blogging about it on Monday and Thursday so stay tuned to read about my latest journey. I am feeling incredibly positive about it though and also quite excited about what it might bring for me. I’m hopeful it will bring me to my natural weight – even if it takes a few years (which in reality it will!) But I need to think about it in smaller, achievable goals and need to keep my overall targets in mind.
- To help my arthritis
- To wear the clothes I want to
- To feel confident and comfortable
Do you have any S.M.A.R.T. (smart, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) target advice? To help me I have purchased this . . .
So my lovelies, I hope you’ll be joining me on this adventure, which officially starts on Monday 24 September 2018, I’m excited to share it with you.
Till next time,