I know, it’s everywhere, isn’t it? Self-care. But as a mother to two adopted children, I have realised that self-care is important. Self-care is an essential part of my life. It’s not an indulgence, it’s an investment in me.
Self-care, it’s not a self-indulgence, it’s a self-investment in you
If you are struggling with ideas for self-care, take a look at my curated list of websites, books and suggestions.
Just block out some time for you (that’s really important), kick back and enjoy some quality ‘me time’.
Subscribe to Girls’ Night In
Girls’ Night In is an email newsletter for Millennials but I really like it. These Millennials are the generation for whom the new going out is staying in.
As a Mum of two kids, my social life has been severely curtailed, Girls’ Night In is perfect. GNI drops into my inbox every Friday with a great selection of ideas for a bit of me time.
Get Mindful with Ruby Wax
Mindfulness works. Ruby’s two books, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and Sane New World: Taming the Mind are a great introduction to the technique. What I like about Ruby’s books is her honesty about her journey to mindfulness, her anxiety and depression. She writes with authority, and knowledge having gained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford.
She has a frank, no-nonsense style, that I love. And practical suggestions on how to put a bit of mindful practice into your life. I love Ruby, and I love her books.
Yoga with Adriene
When my children first arrived, I started my week with a yoga class. I needed that stretch, that space in my head, that sense of peace yoga gives you. (Unless you do the hot, sweaty, super stretchy type of yoga).
Adriene Mischler has the YouTube channel, Yoga With Adriene, with hundreds of yoga tutorials for any aspect of your life. Yoga for digestion, for self-love, for teachers, for anxiety. With Adriene, there is a class for you.
And the best bit, it’s free!
Tap into your natural source of happy hormones
With a bit of exercise, our brains will pump out our happy hormones, making us feel fulfilled, less anxious, generally happy. Our brains are simply amazing.
My exercise of choice is running. I think it’s the best exercise for mums. Running fits around my routine. I don’t have to book a class and it’s free.
You don’t have to be like me, and train for a half marathon. If you are new to running there are plenty of apps that will take you off the couch and run a 5K in no time.
Enjoy a great book
There really can be nothing better than settling in for a good read. My kindle is loaded with a host of books I want to get reading this year.
If you want company, start or join a book club. Emma Watson has her book club, Our Shared Shelf, check out the Women’s Lives Book club, it boasts members from around the world, and this book club, Between Two Books, was started by fans of Florence + The Machine.
Finally, get a good night’s sleep
This has to be the ultimate self-care, self-prescription. A good night’s sleep.
Our digital and light polluted lives are robbing us of a decent night of shut-eye. We’re in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, unable to switch off. Our lack of sleep puts at risk of fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain.
Arianna Huffington, Huff Post founder has been spearheading The Sleep Revolution. Her tips for a good night’s sleep include:
- Creating transition habits to sleep
- Taking a nice bath
- No tech in the bedroom
- Only reading real books that are nothing to do with work
Tell me how are you taking time out for self-care? Let me know in the comments box.
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