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Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Is it just me or has 2020 been one of the most stressful years of your whole life?! The constant worry, the changing rules, remembering masks and hand sanitiser, homeschooling the kids, working from home… The list of additional stressors seems endless. With this in mind, I’ve been trying to do some things recently to improve my self-care, and it’s definitely helping. Here are just a few of my new rituals:

Self-Care Skincare Routine

I’ve never had particularly problematic skin, aside from the odd bit of dryness and the occasional hormonal pimple, so I’ve never paid much attention to a skincare routine before. However, my Mum has AMAZING skin, especially for someone who will be 60 in a couple of years, and that’s because she’s always made sure she looks after it, and I am inspired to do the same.

I’ve started using a hot cloth cleanser with Vitamin C to wash my face, which helps to exfoliate and make my skin look a LOT brighter. I’ve also been using a peptide serum before I moisturise, which seems to make my skin feel super soft. I then use a gel moisturiser, which sits much better on my skin than something oil-based and doesn’t cause spots. I’ve got to say, my skin looks better than it ever has, just by adding a couple of new things to my daily routine.

Yoga and Meditation

When I went on my mad exercise kick back in 2017, one of my favourite things to do was my weekly yoga class. Taking an hour to do something peaceful and relaxing, stretching my muscles and realigning my mind and body was amazing for me.

There would be a ten-minute meditation at the end of the class where we’d lay on the floor with our eyes closed and the teacher would coach us on proper breathing and clearing our minds, and I absolutely loved it. It was probably the closest thing to a tantric massage without being touched! Since lockdown happened, I’ve been doing yoga and meditation at home, and it’s really helped me to keep my mind and body healthy during this weirdness.

Finding a Hobby

Because of my health issues, our family has been isolating constantly since the beginning of March, which has meant that we’ve had a LOT more time on our hands. Obviously, I’m doing the usual working/cooking/cleaning/walking the dog, as well as homeschooling both kids, but that still leaves me with a few hours a day in which I actually have some time to myself.

I’ve taken up a few different hobbies to fill the time, and I actually feel quite fulfilled for the first time in years! As well as the baking and cooking that I’ve been doing a lot of, I’ve also taken up cross-stitch, which I absolutely love, and most recently I’ve started quilling! I’ll be sharing one of my latest creations here on the blog soon, and I’m quite proud of it.

Have you picked up any new hobbies lately? Have you been taking more time for self-care? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

3 Reasons to Treat Yourself like You’re Someone Worth Taking Care Of

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We all grow up watching some pretty optimistic cartoons, hearing some pretty optimistic bedtime stories, and believing that our lives should be great, joyful adventures. And of course, they should be, and can be.

The sad thing, however, is that many of us become disheartened along the way due to struggles with hardships of various sorts.

What makes things worse, is the fact that we’re often so hard and callous towards ourselves even in the midst of all that sorrow and uncertainty.

You’d think we’d give ourselves a break, and set ourselves up with Tempur Mattresses and aromatic candles in order to help take the edge off and get some much-needed rest when things are rough. But many of us do the opposite, and beat ourselves up in addition to whatever life might be throwing at us.

Here are some reasons why it’s essential that you treat yourself like someone worth taking care of, instead.

Because you’re not “perfect the way you are”, but you’ve got something in you that is great and that deserves nurturing

One significant reason why people often fail to treat themselves with the care and respect they deserve, is because they feel that to do so would be to accept the idea that they are “perfect the way they are.”

That “perfect the way you are” line is often used by well-meaning people to boost our confidence, and help us see ourselves in a better light. But it very often backfires and irritates the people it’s applied to, because the truth is that no one is “perfect” the way they are. We are all human, and there’s always room for improvement.

Instead of telling yourself that you’re “perfect” as you are, tell yourself that there is something in you that is great and that deserves to be brought forth and nurtured. Because there really is.

Because to live a fulfilling and empowered life, you need to “work with” yourself, rather than trying to “dominate” yourself

Societies tend, sooner or later, to rebel when oppressed by brutal dictators. And so too will the different parts of your psyche “rebel” if you tyrannise yourself.

In order to live a fulfilling and empowered life, you need to “work with” yourself rather than trying to “dominate” yourself.

In other words, there’s a reason why, when it’s time to work, you may not feel like it. That reason is that part of your subconscious mind views work as suffering, and is concerned. The key is to gain the trust of that part of yourself by providing balance and compassion. By trying to “crush” it instead, you only throw yourself into further inner turmoil and anxiety.

Because you represent an endless pool of potential, and you can be and do so much if you only believe in yourself

Everyone represents an essentially endless pool of potential. That is to say, if your whole life was directed mindfully towards certain aims, you could achieve just about anything, either directly or indirectly.

The thing about potential is that it can be squandered. All you have to do to fail to meet your potential is to sit around, and not do anything. Then, the years will pass you by, and on your deathbed, you will realise that you missed your chances.

Treating yourself with respect and care, and constantly motivating and encouraging yourself forward, is the only way to maximise the expression of your potential, and to do great things with your life. So, why not set out on that path?

4 Ways to Look After Yourself This Winter

winter self-careWith winter comes late, but beautiful sunrises and glorious sunsets, not forgetting gorgeous walks through the frozen countryside and the twinkling lights of the festive season. But when you’re a parent, winter also means snotty noses, chapped lips, coughs, colds, the flu and of course, those dreaded sickness bugs that spread like wildfire.

Getting sick of the winter season is often inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to look after yourself, even if you are a busy parent. So, don’t just battle through it – here are some help tips and advice you can take to help you look after yourself this winter.

Looking good makes you feel good

Yep. When it comes to winter, with harsh winds, driving rain and bitter snow, many of us don’t bother with makeup or even moisturiser. But if you don’t take the time to look after yourself, then you’re going to run yourself down and be more susceptible to illness. So, take the time to moisturise your skin, and don’t cancel that microblading appointment – what is microblading, you ask? Click the link to find out more – make sure you take those extra vitamins and put your feet up once in a while. Your body and mind will thank you.

Kill the germs at the source

If you’re really worried about flu and sickness bugs this winter then it’s important to try and kill them off at the source, and that means regular handwashing. Make sure everyone in the house is following a strict handwashing routine, which means washing after the using the bathroom and before eating, and especially if they sneeze or use a tissue. It’s also a good idea to get the kids to wash their hands when they come home from school. Remember to regularly wipe down door handles, light switches and even the TV remote to keep the germs at bay!

Go outside

It might seem like you’re exposing yourself to more germs but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting outside will certainly give your immune system a boost and it’s certainly better than sitting inside the stuffy house. Even if you just bundle up for a short walk around the block, your vitamin D levels will certainly enjoy a boost from the sunlight and your mood will certainly rise. Giving your mental health a much needed boost too.

Keep hydrated

We tend to drink more in the summer time because, quite simply – we’re thirstier! In the cold weather, a cold glass of water might not have the same appeal as it does on a scorching day but staying hydrated will certainly keep those nasties at bay. If you don’t fancy water then try some simple fruit juice or fruit infused water. Treat yourself to a new water bottle so you’re reminded to drink the recommended amount of water per day. Drinking plenty will keep UTI’s at bay, as well as helping your joints to stay flexible and supple – it helps with brain function too!