We’re coming up to the end of February (try and remain calm…) but that does mean that we are almost 1/6th through the year. I decided to write this blog today to let you in on some of the little changes I have been making in my life to show myself some self-care and love, but also to make me a happier, healthier individual.
These are a mixture of food, beauty, and healthcare, and I’d love to know what you’ve been doing too!
You might remember that at the start of the year I mentioned that I was starting yoga… well we’re almost at the end of month 2 of the year, and I think I’ve only missed one class – plus, that was to go rock climbing so I think that’s allowed… The yoga class I go to is on a Saturday morning, so it really sets you up for the weekend, and the teacher is really helpful. I used to get embarrassed when I fell over from time to time, but now I just feel as though everyone is in the same boat, and sometimes you have to fall down to get back up stronger!
I’m one of those people who feels so tired throughout the day, yet when it comes to actually going to sleep, could spend the next hour watching YouTube videos or scrolling aimlessly through instagram. At the moment I am trying to limit the amount I watch right before I fall asleep, and read for 15-20 minutes to switch off. I’ve also started listening to the sound of rain (I use an app called rain rain, original…) when I am about to drift off, and I find this really helps me to fall into a deeper sleep quicker.
3. Cutting Caffeine
I always wake up in the night, period. I’ve always just thought that everyone did, but it turns out the majority of people I talk to tend to sleep through. When I started listening to rain sounds and reading before bed but I was still waking up 2 or 3 times during the night, I started to think that maybe it was down to having a cup of tea before bed. I’m not sure how much caffeine there is in tea, or whether it’s all in my head, but I started to drink decaf tea in the evening (i.e. any time after 8pm) and I swear it’s made the difference. Although I still wake up in the night (usually because of my tiny bladder of my boyfriend’s inability to shake a cold) it’s usually only the once!
4. Food Changes
I have a lot of friends who are vegetarian and vegan, and although I agree with many of the reasons for their choices, I still find that with my lifestyle, it wouldn’t really suit me. That said, I have started eating much less meat and diary and try to limit myself during the week – every little helps! Recently as well, after being to a few different health blogging events, I’ve really started to care what I’m putting into my body. I’m never going to be the sort of person who sticks to a strict diet and doesn’t allow themselves chocolate or pizza, and I still tend to eat what I want now and again… but the main change is, what I am ‘wanting’ to eat are foods that are slightly healthier, or high in vitamins or protein-rich because I know they’re doing me more good on the inside.
5. Slow Down
I have quite a reactive personality, which basically means as soon as I think of something, I usually go and do it, but this can also mean that I sometimes can burn the candle at both ends. Because I’m not getting any younger, I’ve really started to listen to my body, and if I’m feeling tired I’ll relax for the evening instead of going out which has helped me value my time in a different way. It’s also helped me save a bit of money which is an added bonus!
6. Make Time For You
Last week I took myself for a massage at my auntie’s salon and it felt so good to have some time that was just for me. Even though I do yoga, I’m terrible at stretching after the gym or in the morning so my muscles get tight really easily. Not only did the massage relieve stress (which I also suffer from) but it allowed me to switch off for an hour and just be pampered which we all need every once in while.
7. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Life is hard – there I said it: What a cliché, but it’s true. Sometimes we get so down and out about the things we haven’t achieved by a certain age, or that someone else is more successful, or thinner or bought a house first or is married; but in reality, we need to not be so hard on ourselves. Life is different for every single person on this earth, and that’s the beauty of it. We also need to remember that the life that people portray on social media, probably doesn’t include just having an argument with your boyfriend, or feeling bloated because you’re on your period, or crying for no reason because you saw a sad advert. Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, it isn’t worth it.
8. Aveeno Moisturising Oil
I wanted to mention this product because it has been a game changer for me. Last year is the year that I started getting more into beauty and skincare, and up to this point, I never really bothered with all over moisturisers after I got out of the shower because I hated the way they felt on my skin. I was bought this Aveeno moisturising oil (with almond oil) for Christmas, and I’ve used it every day since. It smells absolutely amazing, and it absorbs so quickly that I never have the problem of clothes sticking to me after I’ve applied this. Definitely a recommendation from me!
Have you made any changes to your life this year?