Self-care.

I hate how “self-care” has become this buzzword that is so often casually thrown around. It has also been a term used by companies over and over again to make you think that you need to buy X or Z in order to feel better about yourself. This misconception really makes my blood boil.

From my own personal experience, I can firmly state that you need YOU to feel better about yourself. You need to carve out time for the things that matter to you; for the things that make you feel alive; for the things that make you forget – even if only temporarily- of the bad that goes on in your life. 

Early last year I was having some sleeping issues that went on for months and months in a row. I would find myself stressed and with too many worrying thoughts at night time and that really was taking its toll in my sleeping patterns. Thus, one of the habits that I have since then deliberately incorporated into my eventing routine was to read at least 10 pages before going to bed during the workweek. The “challenge” was not in reading itself but in carving out the time every single evening to do so. This is now my favourite way to end a hectic day because it helps me to zone out the strain of the day and it quiets my thoughts. As it puts my brain into passive mode, I nod off so easily afterwards. Using my electronic devices until I am ready to sleep is a habit that I no longer have and certainly one that I don’t intend to slip back into.

Journaling (nearly every single day) and doing yoga are my other two go-to tools/strategies for self-care. They make me connect within and feel so grounded.

 

 

We are all individuals and, for that reason, what works for me might not work for you..but please, do take the time to check in with yourself, understand what your needs are and seek them out. I have come to learn that it is key to engage in activities and habits to bear against feelings of stress, sadness and emptiness.

Self-care is not about selfishness, self-centeredness or self-indulgence. In fact, it is quite the opposite. When you take care of yourself physically and emotionally, you feel more present, focused and at peace and this can only enhance the relationship that you have with yourself and with others. You need to show up for yourself before you can show up for others.

All that being said, if there is something I would really like you to take from this post is that:

Prioritize the things that “refuel you, rather than take from you”. Life may be relentless at times but you are doing the best you can. So, just be gentle to yourself and “give yourself the love and care you so freely give to others”.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and have found it helpful in some way. Is self-care something you value and prioritize in your life? If so, how do you choose to take care of yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, my dear ones x

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

On my bedside table.

One of last month intentions was to devote more time to read. Because I really wanted to follow through on this intention, I decided to make it specific by setting the goal of reading at least 10 pages 5 times a week (minimum). It may sound silly to set such specific intention that may even make the great act of reading sound like an obligation. However, I don’t mean to make it sound like that because that is really not the case for me at all. Setting this intention was just a way of motivating me to make “reading before bed”  one of my positive daily habits. I always go through phases when it comes to reading. There are times where i am completely hooked on it and other times when I am less so. However, now that I have developed this daily habit I get so excited about bedtime haha!

Every evening, thirty minutes to one hour before feeling ready to go to sleep, I switch off my mobile device, go to bed, pick up a book and read. I read until I feel like falling asleep. I love how a book has the wonderful power of helping me to quiten my mind, unwind and just sleep better.

Now I do not know about you guys but I am that kind of person who reads multiple books simultaneously. Though this is not something I am particularly proud of, I just can’t refrain myself from doing it. Trust me, I have tried haha I have this pile of books sitting on my bedside table and I am just so eager to read them.. and apparently all at once!! I have started them all and I am enjoying every and each one of them. Every time I finish a book, I say to myself “ok, now you are just going to focus on finishing to read all the other books that you alredy started. No more buying new ones until they are all read.” But oh well, I never seem to be able to stick to it (regardless of how many times I tell this to myself!). I feel like I always need to read a book that fits my mood and because my mood naturally varies from day to day, I need to have various options at hand………. Can anyone relate? 🙃

Anyhoo, today I am sharing the five books that are on my bedside table and that I am currently reading:

  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer
  • The miniaturit by Jessie Burton 
  • The 4-Hour Work-Week by Tim Ferriss

 

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Is reading one of your joyful daily habits? If so, what book(s) is/are currently on your bedside table? Have you read any of these books or are you thinking to do it? Please let me know in the comment section below! I would love to know 🙂 Have a lovely Monday x

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful