Along with a thousand other resolutions, I have once again vowed to maintain my blog in 2017. Let’s see how long it lasts this time! Actually if anyone has any tips about fitting blogging into a busy schedule please. PLEASE. let me know.
I’m not a fan of the ‘new year, new you’ brigade (too much pressure) but there is something refreshingly positive about January which always inspires me to set goals for the year ahead. So, I thought I would share my most important resolution for 2017.
If i’ve learnt anything over the years it’s to prioritise self-care. As someone who has grown up managing anxiety and depression I’ve only recently learnt that it’s not selfish or weird to want to spend a Friday night cosied up in a blanket, binging on a box set instead of heading out to a bar. Here are some ideas of how to take care of your mental health in 2017.
- Cut yourself some slack! One thing that changed my life in 2016 was getting a regular cleaner. I am one of those people who can’t focus if the house is a mess. Especially as I work from home -My husband is not one of these people. After countless arguments where we would both fight our valid corners we decided that to save us from a repetitive argument we would get help in this area! Whilst we still do weekly maintenance with our tidying and cleaning it makes such a difference for someone to come in once a week and deep cleanse the apartment. This might not be the case in your life but if there is a chore you really hate or that plays on your mind it can be worth outsourcing.
I think we can all agree that Plopp is a great name for a candy bar!
- Plan little things to look forward to.
-Schedule yourself a midweek tech-free pamper night – change your bedding, have a bath, paint your nails, light some candles eat your favourite treat and read a book. Set your alarms for the morning before you start and leave your phone plugged in. If you’re worried people might try and get hold of you let them know you will be unavailable ahead of time.
– Take yourself (and your dog) out for coffee! One of my favourite things to do is drink proper coffee and something I love to do is walk my dog to my favourite coffee shop and get a takeaway drink to walk back with. This leads me to my next and probably hardest self-care resolution for 2017….
- Don’t get out of your comfort zone, expand it! As explained above me+ dog + coffee = relaxed but I tend to go to the same places. This year I will venture to new places with my pup which sounds like a small thing but breaking a comfortable habit seems like a good way of overcoming some anxieties to me. This theory works with most sociable aspects of my life, I tend to do the same things and go to the same places which is probably something most of us can relate to and I think shaking up that routine could be a good thing.