For a few days now, I have been finding life a little overwhelming. Looking back, it feels strange to be sitting here saying that I managed to somehow make it through yesterday. It isn’t anything to worry about but I just wanted to check in to let you know why I haven’t posted recently.
Self improvement is at the top of my priority list and in order to give it the attention it deserves, I need to put myself first for a little while. Which is something that I know you guys understand.
I did however want to share a little “Self Care Checklist” that I put together in my journal. I suppose I am doing so in the hope that it may help someone else who is feeling a little pooey. Well, that or deep down I believe if I keep writing it out eventually I will start taking my own advice.
The Self Love Club is open to anyone but as courtesy, I think we should try to earn our stripes.
The Self Care Checklist
Basic questions to ask yourself:
- Have I been kind to myself today?
- Have I let go of the things that I can’t control?
- Have I let anyone know how I am feeling?
- Have I had enough sleep?
- Am I hydrated enough?
- Have I forgiven myself for any mistakes made? Big or small.
Practical ways to help yourself feel a little better:
- Listen to Jazz
- Rearrange your space
- Make a herbal tea
- Put on some crisp/fresh bedding
- Listen to a funny podcast. I recommend “My Dad Wrote a Porno”
- Get it out on paper. Write/draw
- Give your pet a cuddle
- Buy yourself some flowers
- Wear fresh clothes that make you feel nice
- Treat yourself
- Binge watch silly videos on YouTube. My current favourites include cake decorating and homeware hauls (Don’t ask)
- Treat Yourself
Quotes to remember:
- “If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself.” – Jane Travis
- “It’s not selfish to love, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. Its necessary.” – Mandy Hale
- “Be there for others but never leave yourself behind.” – Dodinsky
- “Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown
- “This is my life…my story…my book…I will no longer let anyone else write it; nor will I apologise for the edits I make.” – Steve Maraboli
A few other things to remember:
- Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right
- Only give yourself positive feedback
- Give yourself space and room to breathe
- Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed about how you feel
- Remember that you’re allowed to rest
- Give yourself permission to be imperfect
Material that you may find useful:
- “Calm” by Michael Acton Smith
- “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig
- Hearing other peoples stories on the Mind website
Sending all my love.