January is the perfect time of year to take time to reflect on the kind of lifestyle choices you want to make. One thing’s for certain, 2018 is the perfect time to start focusing on some self-care and self-love. That’s right, you’re pretty important too you know. Why not try these 9 tips to make 2018 your year:
Dream spray – The one thing better than fresh bedding? Scented Christy sheets to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality. Feather and Down has you (and your bed) covered, spritz your pillow with their calming spray before bed time to ensure that you have a peaceful slumber.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand – Read a nice book in bed. Unplug and unwind, take some time out for yourself. Grab your favourite genre and indulge in some escapism, lose yourself in the pages and transport yourself in to whole other worlds.
Relax, Refresh, Recharge – Putting on a nice refreshing facial mask and just relax without any distractions. Self-care isn’t just one thing, and it’s not the same for everyone, but if you’re doing something that makes you feel good inside and out – then it’s working for you!
Let loose and move to the beat – Turn on your favourite hip-shaking song and give yourself permission to dance the craziest, most soulful dance you’ve ever danced. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy a dance, strap on your boots and go for a long walk with the dog.
Burning the Candle – Run a nice bubble bath and let the oil ease off any trace of the day. Why not try some at home Aromatherapy, it has long been linked to increased well-being but now, according to the European Society of Cardiology, it also has positive effects on heart rate and blood pressure.
Create Your Own Calm – Listening to Mindfulness podcasts or videos. These can be taken anywhere and everywhere these days, making it a speedy and accessible option for self-care. Despite common beliefs meditation doesn’t have to be done on a cushion. Plug yourself in next time you need a little zen, it’s a great way to escape from the everyday for ten minutes or so.
Grass is greener on the other side – Go for an outdoor run or to the gym, fitness isn’t only for exercising your muscles, but also your mind. It is also good to focus on something else that you can see improvements on quickly, so it makes it really rewarding! By now you know the sleep reducing implications of scrolling through Instagram late at night. Even if you don’t have time to go outdoors why not sit near a window, relax, and watch the nighttime sky.
If it Makes you happy – If it doesn’t serve you, let it go. Life is too short and way too uncertain to spend it surrounded by people, activities and things that drain you. Why not focus on things that make you feel loved, fulfilled and most importantly happy!
Turn on/ Turn off – Sometimes we’re so busy getting on with our lives we forget to take some much needed time out to focus on ourselves. Clear your mind and boost your well-being by giving up the scrolling on your mobile for the evening, according to The Fuss you’ll see the benefits right away. Just do more of what you love and make time to feel good.
After all, it is ultimately simplicity that leads to purity and bliss…