A week of self care.

It was just over two weeks ago when things got quite tough and, subsequently, I found myself craving a reset button that I could press to escape. All I was wishing for was to get away for a few days and then come back with a fresh and brand new perspective. An entire week of holidays scheduled in Portugal could not have come at a better time. I was in need of ditching my work and fitness routine for some time and was looking forward to going back “home”. Nevertheless, after a couple of days in Portugal, I ended up by feeling quite out place. It seemed to me that “home” no longer felt like “home”? ..or I guess that I could no longer see “home” like a place but more like a feeling instead. A feeling that comes and goes and that is out of reach when life seems to be going downhill. A feeling that is unreachable when I am in the midst of – what it seems to be – an endless storm and internal battle. Seeing the positive in every situation and looking on the bright side of life can be a real challenge sometimes. I guess that I saw these holidays abroad as an opportunity to temporarily escape my reality, which is a silly thought…We can’t run away from the things we do not want to face. We need to embrace the uncomfortable and challenge our fears in order to free ourselves. We need to firmly believe that we are going to overcome whatever we are currently going through. Life gets better and this too shall pass. It is just a matter of time and attitude until we are able to get back on our feet. And, in the meantime, we are just a work in process and that is OKAY. So, with this in mind and in order to feel like myself again and get out of the rabbit hole I found myself in, I tried to practice self care every day during my holidays. Incorporating simple habits that allow myself to connect within and with the world around me helped me to find some joy and gratitude in the midst of all the chaos.

It is no novelty that by practicing self-care on a regular basis, we can ensure that we are at our optimum – emotionally, mentally and physically. Thus, I’d like to share with you the things I have done during my week of holidays. I hope that this can give you some ideas about how to give yourself the care you need when life gets tough.

  • Walks on the beach

Beach strolls are always restorative. They make me feel calmer, more at peace and aware of all the beauty and wonder that surrounds me.

  • Sea Kayaking with my family

I have done kayaking before but never in the sea. It was an overall great experience shared with my parents and sister (despite my dad’s motion sickness haha). Spending about 3 hours at sea allowed me to really dive into Nature’s true beauty (no pun intended), soak up some vitamin D and connect to the Earth’s magical, powerful and soothing energy.

 

 

  • Going to the spa

I decided to take 1h30-2hours aside to go to the spa and it made me feel so good. Because relaxation and stress management are key to living a happy life in a healthy body, mind and soul, I decided to take 1h30 – 2 hours to go to the spa .. and let me tell you how great it made me feel! My serotonin level, the “feel good” hormone, was boosted and I felt very relaxed.

I did a Spa-hydrotherapy circuit that consisted of Sauna, Turkish bath, neck waterfalls, cascade, jet showers, bubbles, cold water, Jacuzzi, bucket of cold water, pebble walk and a relaxation bed. This was all followed by a nice cup of tea to end the day in perfection.

 

 

  • Reading a good book is an escape for me. – it soothes me

Reading soothes me. I personally love to read inspiring books that flood my mind with uplifting ideas, positive thoughts and promising prospects about my future. I absolutely love to loose myself in books that contribute to my personal growth and development and that motivate me take positive actions to accomplish my goals in life.

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  • Yoga and meditation

These two practices help bring awareness to the present moment at the same time that increase stress resilience and well-being. They also restore mental clarity and improve focus, which is needed to get though difficult times.

We all know how conducive self-care is to better coping with life and improve overall well-being but … how often do we really take time to ourselves? How often do we give our bodies (and mind) time to recoup and unwind? Let’s all prioritize small habits that allow us to rejoice in hope when life gets hard ♥ Wish you all a great week ahead.

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

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Unwinding thoughts.

I always try to face difficulties and obstacles with positivity and  I use daily gratitude to rewire my brain and soul. I am someone who firmly believes that determination, persistence and self-motivation are key for both our personal and professional success.  I am aware that life struggles are essential for the growth of mental strength and learning to embrace them is necessary. However, when things get tough I find it pretty hard to just go with the flow and not beat myself up. Sometimes it is so hard to not dwell on the obstacles that life throws at you. Sometimes it seems impossible to not fall apart when everything around you seems to do so.

When things do not go my way, I tend to punish myself with negative thoughts and cling to the belief that I am not doing enough, regardless of how much effort I am putting into it. It is so counterproductive because I then end up by feeling both helpless and hopeless. It is like I can’t breathe, it is as if I was stuck on this never-ending whirlwind of undeserving negative thoughts. Everything gets so overwhelming. So unbearable. And I try so hard to run from this dark mindset but it is useless because … how can I run away from myself?

Funny how we can be so harsh on ourselves whilst being so easy on others. It is true that we “rise by lifting others” but when have I stopped prioritising self-acceptance, self-care and self-love? Where am I when I am the one who needs to hear “everything is going to be just fine”? Why do I fail to be there for myself when I most need it? I work so hard in my career and relationships with my partner, family and friends but if there is I have come to realise that the hardest work from all is the work on myself.

Another thing is my constant attempt of having full control over my life. I can’t obviously prevent bad things from happening to me. It is not realistic. What I can do instead is to learn to accept those things, embrace them, learn and grow. I tend to forget that is by relinquishing control that I gain it.

Anyway, as this year is coming to a close, I have been reflecting about everything I went through during this past twelve months. Even though I have struggled with mental and physical health (and I still am), 2017 was such a wonderful one. I have achieved so much professionally and I have grown personally more than ever. I did well and I am proud of myself. I feel ready to continue my personal boundless journey towards self-love, self-discovery and self-acceptance. It will be a long and challenging one but I am so looking forward to it.

To end this post on a positive note, I want to leave you with some words of encouragement and positivity for this upcoming year. 2018 will bring you new adventures, opportunities and achievements. Things will not always be easy and you will struggle at times. You may find yourself in some dark places that you were not even aware that existed BUT, please, keep in mind that it will all be temporary. You will be able to pick yourself up and leave that dark place behind. Remember to be kind and gentile to yourself at all times. Redouble you commitment to mindfulness and remind yourself that you are beautiful and enough. Be always grateful for the good and the bad because life comes in waves and that is the beauty of it. ♥

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Dear Body

I am sorry for the times I don’t treat you right

I am sorry for the times I don’t appreciate you

I am sorry for the times I wish you were different

I am sorry fro the times I do not accept your flaws, which are nothing but perfect

I am sorry for the times that I do not recognise your value

I am sorry for my insecurities and for being so harsh on you

You take me to where I need to be every single day

You allow me to breathe and live my life every single day

You are precious, you are mine and we are one

I am sorry for not saying it before but – I love you and cherish you. Just the way you are.

 

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