What a week it has been?! How has your week been? To be fair, self care is pretty easy for me now and plain sailing because I am so use to practicing it daily. Sometimes now, I am even questioning what is and isn’t self care. It is in my life so much. But in a good way of course. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the journey I went through for half my 20s and I really do feel like a better person for being pain free and knowing what I want in my life if I am honest. Nothing is easy and I do get them days when I am feeling rubbish in myself but for the most part I am good.
We had bank holiday in the UK on Monday. So it was a short working week. But let me tell you, it felt like the longest working week ever. There is nothing worst than a week that drags. I didn’t do overtime or anything like that, but it was really busy and just long. I think others felt the same ,that it was just a long week. Which meant I was so ready for the weekend. Weekends should be longer in my opinion but there we go.
It has been a pretty good week though, not going to lie. I have felt good for the majority of it. Somethings trigger me emotionally a little or make me feel a little off but that, I think will happening anyway and to anyone. Sometimes things just like to throw a curveball in the mix, it is just overcoming them and not staying there. Which is another thing I have learnt to do and be ok with. Some of the things that throw me off, are the stupidest of things as well and I kick myself for letting myself get effected by them. But I always give myself the time to stop, think, then move on. Dwindling on the subject and staying there too long really doesn’t help me. Especially when there are so many good things in life and things I enjoy.
One thing that has really helped me this week is creativity. Of course it has to be right? For me anyway. If I am feeling irritated or I don’t know, just a little in need of a break or distraction. I am sitting at my dining table and making plants for my RoLife Flower shop. There is just something about creating miniature dolls houses that has got me hooked. I am on my second room/shop and I can spend hours a day following the instructions and making up whatever it is next to make. The first I got for Christmas and really after they are done, they aren’t play worthy for children but display only. But they are addictive to make and look so good completed. That little project for distraction and I guess is sort of my meditation, it is just super relaxing for me and enjoyable.
Are we even still in Spring now? Anyway I had a massive spring clean this week and that has helped me massively. A good clean, healthy, happy environment is such a good place to be in. Remember I am working from home and so to have a good environment to spend most of my time in, is super helpful. Even if it’s just the same four walls, to feel comfortable, happy and there is no anxiety or weirdness around really helps. A few positive, healthy plants, the smell of clean washing all hung up and everything neat and tidy. Just makes you feel good and safe I guess.
The other thing helping me is writing things down. Whether its a good day or a bad. One sentence about the day is so helpful. I do try to focus on the positives daily but if something is bothering me so much then that is what has to be written down. Being able to write it down, shut the notebook and leave it there is so helpful. You should try it, if you aren’t already. It works the same for all thoughts and feelings really but its worth it. Trust me, I am sleeping better, the negatives aren’t staying with me for too long and I am getting on with my life without them. Even if that is the only thing you write each day in your journal, do it because it just works. Sort of like you have processed them, writing them down has taken them from you on to the paper and they are gone forever.
Reading is really good as well, especially to forget about the world and to sleep better. Now my programmes are finishing up, I will be back on to reading every night for about 40 minutes and it helps so much. Again it’s like a distraction and you focus on the storyline rather than real life. Leaving my actual life an hour before bed is good, I focus on the story then sleep for a long while. I started a new book on Friday and I am looking forward to reading more fiction now. It’s easier for me to read and something I enjoy slightly more than self care books. Though self care/self help books are really good and helpful as well.
Then yesterday I decided I would treat myself. It’s good to treat yourself every now and again. Reward yourself with something you have wanted for a while or just a new outfit or something different. I have wanted a dining set for a while now because I smashed a plate by accident and chipped another. So needed them in the long run but I did also buy a cardigan and added some jeans and a dress to an online basket. As long as you don’t go overboard and spend too much money, its good to treat yourself every now and again. It feels like I have spent a lot of money in the past few weeks but I have had my birthday money to spend as well.
And that is it really! Nothing too fancy but all keeping me positive and happy. That is the main thing really. Don’t you think? This week coming I really want to eat healthier and stay focused. I shipped out tins of soup and popcorn with my sister the other day. It was just taking up space and I am not eating them. Other than eat healthy I want to stay in this happy place and keep focusing on my goals. What do you want to focus on this week?