City life can be fast passed… very rarely do we ever actually take the time to even think about what we truly want to eat, and when we do, we tend to reach for fast food because it fits into our busy schedule. One of the best things to come out of the recent lockdown that took Europe by storm was the opportunity that it gave me to actually take a step back and have a look at the lifestyle choices that I had made, and the bad habits that I had become accustomed to, By bad habits I mean how much I truly neglected myself. After a week of lockdown, I decided that it was probably time to take a step back and think about the things that I could do to improve my stress levels and gain new perspectives on life. Let me take you through some of the ways I like to unwind and reflect on life.
- Tidy your space – I know that I said the point of this was to relax, but hear me out, tidying and organising doesn’t have to be a stressful task, nor does it have to be hard work, take the time and don’t rush the process. I find that tidying and clearing my space gives me such a sense of clarity, it puts me in a headspace where I feel ready to take on anything that life throws at me.
- Pamper your self – this one might make a bit more sense and for obvious reasons, take the time to pamper yourself; put on a face mask, do your nails, do you hair, this is one of the best ways to practice self-care.
- Go for a walk – going for a walk is my favourite way to reflect, it gives you a moment to be alone and really reflect on the events of the day, it isn’t stressful and it’s the perfect way to get a little bit of light exercise in.
- Read a book / listen to an audiobook – sometimes the best form of self-care is to turn if your mind from your struggles and concentrate on something other then what you have going on in your life, even if just for a minute.
- Journal – My final and favourite point, this blog post is called reflection and self cafe right? Journaling for me is like having a counselling session without having to go and see a counsellor (not to say that this should replace a counsellor) but it’s an amazing way to get thoughts and feelings out of your head so that you can organise them… and… you guessed it reflects.
I have found that one of the best ways to practice self care, is to be more mindful, and these small activities such as journaling and tidying your space can really help to encourage those moments of mindfulness. With that being said if you are looking to become more mindful in your self-care routine I would definitely recommend giving one of these a try.
Until next time, sending you love and light
Sincerely Shy xox