Self-Care in September Part 2 encourages us to look inward and make some changes in our life. They include having the courage to say ‘no’ without guilt, creating boundaries and removing negative people from our life.
Self-Care in September – Part 2
DAY 9 – SAY ‘NO’ WITHOUT GUILT.
Easier said than done isn’t it? However the freedom you feel when you can be in charge of your life and confident in accepting or declining invitations and requests is priceless. Live your life on your terms.
DAY 10 – ENJOY A QUIET CUP OF HERBAL TEA.
Take time out of your day today to just ‘be’ and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Herbal tea can reduce stress and anxiety. Make it a celebration by using your good china (that is in the cupboard and never used). A few moments to breathe and enjoy.
DAY 11 – GET LOST IN A BOOK!
One of my favourite self-care tips is to take a few hours and lose myself in a book. This is when I truly relax. I lay down with a cuppa, step away from my world for a while and become engrossed in the story and characters. Do you have a special spot where you like to read? Are you a fiction or non-fiction reader?
DAY 12 – MAKE A SELF-CARE PLAYLIST.
Music can soothe the soul, it can be uplifting and make you want to dance or it can be melancholy. So many emotions can be affected by Music. Have you thought of making a Self-Care playlist? One that has all of your favourites for you to enjoy. I have an eclectic taste in music from Pink Floyd to ABBA. My playlist would have songs that make me feel happy and alive. What would be on your play list?
DAY 13 – SAY ‘GOODBYE’ TO NEGATIVE PEOPLE.
Self-care is about taking care of ourselves and not just indulging in some pamper time. Self-care is also about our mental well-being. We need to surround ourselves with supportive and loving friends and family and have the courage to say ‘goodbye’ to those who aren’t adding value to our lives. Negativity drags us down and who needs that?
DAY 14 – IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE. ENJOY 15 MINUTES OF SUNSHINE.
Taking time to sit or walk in the sunshine lifts our spirits as well as providing us with Vitamin D which is essential for general health and strong bones. Immersing ourselves in nature going for bushwalks, gardening or just sitting in a park or garden helps us to relax, reduce stress & anxiety and improves our ‘mindfulness’. Take time today to enjoy some sunshine and nature – but don’t forget the sunscreen!
DAY 15 – CREATE & ENFORCE PERSONAL BOUNDARIES.
Lack of healthy boundaries can negatively affect all aspects of our lives. The consequences can be stress, financial burdens, wasted times and relationship issues. Creating personal boundaries set guidelines on how you want to be treated. They are a measure of self-esteem. Creating boundaries show others that you value yourself and aren’t prepared to be taken for granted. Remember the importance of saying ‘No’ – you have the power.
Have you heard of Hamman?
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