In my last post on this subject, I opened up about the importance of giving yourself a little TLC; being kinder to yourself, and focusing on your own wellbeing. This post is a little simpler, but I think a little advice goes a long way, so I hope you enjoy it!
In this fast-paced, frantic life it is becoming more and more important to make time to indulge in making yourself happy, even if it means just taking five minutes out of your day to focus on what you want, rather than aiming to please everybody else. Being a little selfish (and notice I say a little) isn't always such a bad thing.
This got me thinking - how do other bloggers make sure they are looking after themselves properly? How do they comfort themselves, relax, and make sure that they are mentally and physically relaxed? In a world seemingly revolving around beauty products, skincare, candles and retail therapy, surely these creative souls have a few tricks up their sleeves.
I asked a few of my favourite bloggers this question:
And this is how they responded:
'I like a hot bath, with a fancy (overpriced) bath-bomb, a couple of candles, and a favourite YouTuber on my iPad, with an added face mask and hair mask. I follow this with a manicure and a fresh fake tan! If you look good, it helps you to feel good too!'
'Every Thursday I have a pamper evening and each month I make sure I treat myself to something new, either clothes or something for the house!'
'Eating fresh food, going for walks, drinking more water, soaking in the bath, listening to music and reading a book!'
'Disney playlists, catching up on my favourite blogs, herbal tea, knitting, using the sewing machine and listening to folk music!'
'I scrapbook, listen to London Grammar, turn off my phone, paint...maybe just being true to what I stand for and who I am.'
'I think it's important to set realistic goals for yourself and celebrate any achievement, now matter how small. Eat well and allow yourself time to rest and sleep without worry; you'll benefit from the TLC. Meditation can help before bed, and I always feel revitalised after a pamper session, a hot bath can mend a broken heart!'
'I make sure I spend time each day cuddling my cat, Darcy. Although it doesn't feel good at the time, I also try and bike daily; I feel good for it afterwards! I also make sure I spend time doing nothing with my fiancee, and reward myself with my favourite TV shows!'
'On a Thursday after work I have a long bath and read a book or magazine. Sometimes I'll use a bath bomb and I'll always want to fall asleep in the bath! After that I'll put on a face mask and paint my nails. It's become a bit of a routine!'
'I think making sure I have some me-time works really well - chilling out in a hot bath with a face mask on!'
'My boyfriend gave me the tip of always setting aside an hour a day of 'me time' doing something that I enjoy, this is normally scrolling through my favourite blogs or reading with a cup of tea.
I do think that waking up in the morning the right way is also really important. I've challenged myself to not check my phone/emails as soon as I wake up and instead to do a spot of yoga and practicing of mindfulness; which involves setting myself goals for the day and acknowledging what I want to achieve and also what I'm thankful for.
I think that in order to look after yourself you must start from within, and everything else will fall into place!'
Hopefully this advice will give you new ideas for relaxing and having some time to yourself; whether you're enjoying a face mask in a hot bath (a very popular choice!) or dancing erratically to the soundtrack from Frozen. Just make sure that you fall in love with yourself first.
If you want to find out more about the lovely bloggers featured in this post, their images are all linked to their blogs. Happy reading!
What do you do to show yourself some love?