Take Care of Yourself: Why We Should Never Apologise For Me Time

Take Care of Yourself: Why We Should Never Apologise For Me Time

'Self Love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting' W. Shakespeare. 

There're all sorts of helpful phrases and quotes being bandied about... 'you can't pour from an empty vessel', 'it's not selfish to love yourself', 'look after yourself before others' and so on and so on. They are all very well, and very true, but when you have a million and one things to do it's not so easy!

I've just started a yogalates class as a little tick in the box for things I'm doing for myself. It's awesome and I love it, but even as I'm sat there in a weirdly shaped pose my brain is reminding of all the things I have to do that day - must wash some of little A's school uniform or she'll be going in her knickers - must sort out the toys to make room for christmas pressies - must remember to do a food shop or we'll be having 'pantry surprise' three days in a row (and it stops being a surprise after the first day)... Still, I guess thinking about what I've got to do that day stops me focussing on how my core strength has diminished to practically nothing and therefore holding said weird shaped pose is nigh on impossible.

I've decided what I need to focus on is emptying my brain of 'stuff', particularly negative stuff, and
try and go forward from there. So here is what I am doing:

  1. Starting the day with ten deep breaths whilst thinking positive thoughts about myself - This really only works when I'm woken up with my alarm clock or a dawn chorus of happy tweets and not a teddy being shoved in my face. And I really must have a positive mantra before I go to sleep, because I tend to look for one on pinterest (which is great for positive quotes) but I get sidetracked and start looking at autumn fashion or decorating tips (not so great at 6.30am when you need to get up and do a million and one things before breakfast, and also vastly off topic).
  2. Writing lists - I love lists and spreadsheets and anything that makes life a bit more organised. This has worked a treat and writing down what I need to do stops it taking up valuable space in my brain. Also it meant that I could go stationary shopping, which is second only to my love of beauty product shopping! 
  3. Writing - Even if it's just a little bit each day, and when I say little bit I mean little bit. I've tried to aim for a minimum of 250 words on the days that I'm not working. This small goal means that it's achievable and I'm not berating myself after each bout of writing because I've not finished the book yet!! 
  4. Drinking lots of water - I am really trying this one. It speaks for itself with its health benefits and beauty benefits...I just struggle because it make me wee constantly. Still, I guess walking up and down to the toilet all the time is good exercise, right?!

As you can probably tell, it's a work in progress, but it's good to start somewhere.

I'm off to batch cook some food so I can tick something off on my to-do list. 

Although, thinking healthy thoughts, last night I made parsnip and apple soup. Little A decided it was 'too apple-y' and didn't want to eat it, opting for fruit for her tea instead...no prizes for guessing what she picked. Yes, an apple!!!

Think happy thoughts...think happy thoughts!!

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