Monday Me Time
As Mental Heath Awareness Week comes to an end, it's important that we still keep it in our minds for the other 51 weeks of the year. To keep the conversation going, I thought I'd share my self care practices. Every week I'd have a 'Self Care Sunday' where the last couple of hours of the evening I relax and do something to zen myself out, like a face mask or two... or five (yes really)! My friend Jordan likes to call hers 'Monday Me Time' and she would never make plans on the Monday so she would have the full evening to herself.
Self care is all about taking some time for yourself, fulling your body and putting yourself first. I read a quote the other day 'you can spend all your time looking after everyone else, but who's looking after you?' and that really stuck with me. So below are some of the five things I like to do to look after myself...
This is my most common act of self care. I like to fully scrub all my fake tan off, smoother myself in moisturiser and then reapply a fresh coat of fake tan. I also do a deep cleansing clay face mask followed by a hydrating sheet mask to freshen up my skin. It's like I'm drawing all of the toxins away from the previous week and cleaning my skin for a fresh week, as weird as that sounds! If I have time, I'll do a hair mask too. All of this just makes me feel so fresh for the new week.
Cosy up in front of the TV
I love reality telly, KUWTK, Real Housewives, Mummy Diaries... you name it and I love it all. But, I really do just love just getting cosy on the sofa in my pyjamas with a big fluffy blanket and cup of tea and just binge watching some programmes. It's so simple but I find it all so relaxing, especially if it's gloomy and rainy outside and you're all snug inside! My fave tip is to light a candle for extra cosiness, I love the Aldi Pomegranate Candle
Get your Mrs Hinch on
If you don't know who Mrs Hinch is yet, then get out from under your rock and check her out. She's an Instagram sensation, however don't get put off by the 50 shades of grey Instagram feed, it's all about the Instagram stories! She posts cleaning hacks you'd never begin to think of. You may be thinking 'okay so? What's that to do with self care?' well, I really find the whole cleaning thing therapeutic and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Honestly give it a go and set a 15 minute timer on your phone and you'll be amazed as to what you can achieve in those 15 minutes. This tip is perfect for days when you're feeling a bit meh.
Ugh I came off Instagram for a week and it was one of the best things I did! It's really quite sad how much the online world can affect you sometimes and hoover your mood. I do think that when you're feeling crappy, opening up Instagram and seeing someone looking their best etc can make you feel even more crappy as you unintentionally compare yourself. So if you ever feel that way, put the phone down for a few hours and don't pick it up. Utilising the new screen time tool on iPhone is a great way to do this. Set a time limit on your apps or set a cut off time for them. From 10pm onwards my iPhone automatically goes into downtime.
I love cooking! I could watch Jamie Oliver Food Tube for hours. If you're not the best cook then I think he's the best chef to follow as he doesn't stick to measurements, just a handful of this and a handful of that. He is partial to some herbs and spices so make sure you have some mixed herbs in your cupboards! But it's a great way to zone out (again, get off your phone) and focus on something, plus you get to eat delish food at the end of it all.
I'd love to know your self care practices and tips! x