Self-care in 2018

New Year, new you. Isn’t that a thing? This is the time of year when people are talking about resolutions, making changes, writing lists of things they will/won’t be doing over the next year. I’m not really a resolutions kind of person… as soon as I tell myself I must do, or not do something, I automatically want to do the opposite. A bit contrary I guess.

I feel like this year there’s been a bit of a move away from making resolutions, telling ourselves to change, improve, be better, thinner, happier, blah blah blah. I feel like there’s been a bit of a shift towards thinking more positively about ourselves and our aims for the year. A shift towards kindness and enjoying the simple things that make us the best versions of ourselves and ultimately make us feel good. Self-care and Wellbeing seem to be buzzwords at the moment… I’m not really sure what constitutes self-care but I think we all deserve little things that make us smile everyday. I thought I’d share a few things that I do in my day-to-day life to help me keep my family/work/life balance ticking along and help to keep me feeling good:

1. Pilates – once a week I go to a class with a friend and for me it is a blissful hour of concentration where I can empty my head and just focus on my body.
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2. Everyday luxury – I try to add the odd flash of luxury into my everyday routines for example using a lovely skincare product before bed that smells amazing and makes me feel like I’ve been at a fancy spa. My current favourite is the #5 Face Cream by A.S Apothecary.
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3. A capsule(ish) wardrobe – last year I donated and sold about 75% of my clothes (I was previously a bit of a hoarder) and now only have things that I know fit me properly and make me feel good. Mostly I just have lots of pairs of jeans and striped t-shirts.
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4. Media shutdown – I don’t read newspapers or watch the news. Yes it means I’m quite often behind on what’s going on but I get easily freaked out by the constant stream of nightmarish happenings around the world and prefer to live in a bubble. Sometimes I like to look at ‘good news’ sites for a positive view of the world: www.positive.news  www.goodnewsnetwork.org
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5. Super smells – this is another one of those everyday luxuries but I do find that scents can really effect my mood. I often end up spending evenings on my laptop or on the sofa but lighting a candle like this one with essential oils, makes the room feel warm and cosy and helps me to destress.
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6. Walking the dogs – I don’t care if it’s cold and raining or glorious sunshine, being out and about enjoying nature with my beautiful hounds makes me happy.
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7. Pot plants – for the days when I can’t get outside, I find that surrounding myself with indoor greenery is a good thing. On my desk at the moment I have this lovely stripey planter, one of these concrete planters and a smiley tripod planter by Atelier Stella all with sweet succulents sprouting from them.
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8. Colourful socks - this might sound silly but I love to cheer myself up with a flash of brightly coloured ankle! I always have cold feet so I usually wear bright woolly socks but I bought myself some orange glittery ones just before Christmas and they are my current faves. I layer them up with warm ones underneath to keep my toes toasty.
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So that’s it. My everyday self-care quirks. Over the last year or so I’ve started to understand that it really is the small everyday things that make a big difference to how I feel overall. Dog walks, colourful socks and nice smelling face creams are sometimes all you need to feel good :) Do you have any everyday self-care quirks? I'd love to hear them. x