How are you feeling right now? Still feeling as motivated and pumped to take on the New Year as you were January the 1st? Yeah, me neither. To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little blue.
It’s not an easy thing to admit out loud when you’re struggling with negative thoughts, especially when usually your whole attitude to life is to see the positives. I’m the biggest advocate of positive thinking so to sit here and write that only last weekend, I dropped so far into a black hole of negative thoughts I couldn’t climb out, is pretty rubbish.
You know, the usual – why have I failed with yet another diet, why aren’t my teeth as white as hers, when is my hair going to stop breaking off, and yes, you’re right, these hips don’t lie.
All incredibly trivial. But even as a (semi)intelligent woman who knows we’re so much more than a reflection in the mirror, I couldn’t shake these thoughts.
I’ve been working until late at night, grabbing snacks instead of homecooked meals and I’ve been sleeping a max of five hours each night. So, with dull skin, wobbling more than usual and bags bigger than Ikea’s under my eyes, it’s fair to say I’ve been feeling pretty blah in the looks department.
After shouting out on Twitter, it seems like there are so many others feeling the same. And seeing as I’m a big believer in “if you don’t like a situation, change it” I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite self-care tips and things I’m planning to add to my day-to-day routine in a bid to feel better, both inside and out.
Working in partnership with premium homeware brand, Christy, I thought this was the perfect time to showcase my bedroom, aka my sanctuary, where I plan on spending much more time over the next couple of weeks.
Create a Relaxing Haven
Lack of sleep can really affect your day to day life, and I know if I don’t get seven hours my concentration levels will dip and I’ll be more likely to make poor food choices. New mums, I know you hate me for saying this – I mean, what is seven hours sleep? I’m so, so pleased, however, with how my bedroom has come together and creating somewhere so comfortable to sleep definitely makes me want to turn the laptop off a little earlier and climb right in. The addition of Christy’s Peonia bed linen set in the palest of pinks works perfectly with my current cream and gold colour palette, while the 240 thread count Egyptian flat sheet, oxford pillowcases and oyster toned cushions (which you can buy here and here) create that exclusive five-star hotel feel. I’m not sure I’ve felt sheets as soft before in complete honesty.
Get on Top of Life Admin
I know organisation and admin may not strike you as typical self-care practises straight away, but decluttering your physical possessions makes it easier to declutter the brain. Tidy your workspace, file your receipts for your tax return, make a budget for the following month, throw out expired food, return emails and generally get your life together. I promise you, you’ll feel instantly better.
Cook Up a Storm
Putting the best possible food into your body is a sure-fire way to feel better overnight. Make a conscious effort to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet and buy a 2-litre bottle of water to drink throughout the day – both cliché self-help things to say, but there’s a reason why. As soon as you start hydrating your body, everything runs that bit better. Look for recipes you might not have tried before and decompress from the day by cooking something delicious. Why not even batch cook for the week ahead and then you’re taking away extra stress when you get home from a busy day. I absolutely love cooking and get real pleasure when I learn how to put together something from scratch. Plus, when I eat better my whole mood changes, especially when I cut down on refined sugar. Those sluggish days, where my bloated tummy pops over my tights is a thing of the past and my mind is so much clearer. If only sugar didn’t taste so damn good…
Learn Something New
I know I often wax lyrical about taking webinars, doing mini-courses to help my business grow and listening to Audible books on all sorts of different subjects, but I really think there’s no age limit to education. I’ve recently signed up to Skillshare, which is this amazing platform I discovered with videos teaching you how to do everything from calligraphy to learning the settings on your DSLR camera to how to build a brand on Instagram Stories. I’m excited to sit and stretch my brain over the next couple of weeks, and first on my list is learning how to take symmetrical landscape photography for when I go over to San Francisco in March.
Talk to Someone
When I can’t escape my own head, I often try to talk to a friend – even if it’s a completely unrelated subject. Just taking some time out to chat, catch-up and have old school telephone conversations away from Whatsapp can be so good for the soul. I must speak to my best friend at least four times a week on the phone, and it’s her that often pulls me out of any negative body angst by giving me a metaphorical slap over the face, making me laugh and reminding me that weight doesn’t define who I am as a person.
Have a Home-Made Spa Session
Turn your bathroom into a spa this weekend and dedicate a couple of hours to preening your body with all those lotions and potions you got for Christmas. I’ve definitely been skipping my skincare routine more often than I’d care to admit, so before spring arrives I plan on dedicating more time to face masks, exfoliation, painting nails, popping a hair mask in and generally just relaxing back in a bubble bath before slathering myself in moisturiser. I used to do this every Sunday evening when I was in my 20s, and yet I stopped in my 30s when my body needs it more than ever. Create your own spa-inspired bathroom space with super soft luxe towels made from 100 percent Turkish cotton at Christy’s like I have here. Can you tell it’s an all-female apartment with the amount of pink I have?
I’m looking forward to taking this weekend to really look after myself, switching off the phone, reading, going for a long walk, cooking nice food and getting back on track with feeling much better both inside and out.
Win Your Own Bedroom & Bathroom Haven Set From Christy
Now here’s the best bit.
If you’re feeling similar January blues, fear not, as Christy is here to help. The team are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a new set of bed linen (1 x duvet cover and 2 x pillowcases) and a bale of towels (2 x hand and 2 x bath) so you can create a haven all of your own. They have soooo much choice, and I can promise you, you won’t want to go back to your standard bed sheets after you’ve felt how soft these are.
Just some rules, this is a UK-only competition which will finish at 11.59pm on 27th January 2018, the prize will be sent out by Christy and by entering you’re agreeing to your email address being passed on to the team. Good luck!