WELLBEING: The importance of taking time out…

It has taken me a little while to write about my thoughts on wellness on the blog… I guess it may be partly because I believe the concept of wellness means something unique to everyone (which is great – but can also make it a little challenging to write about)…

However, as this year has truly become ‘the year of wellness’ with so much marketing and social media publicity to this concept, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my thoughts too…

Firstly, I’d just like to clarify that whilst I follow wellness bloggers and lifestyle coaches on social media myself, the somewhat idealised lifestyleΒ some people post online can be deceiving… I guess what I’m trying to say is that to have positive wellbeing, you don’t necessarily need expensive activewear, go the the gym all the time, or drink green smoothies – because I don’t know about you, but I prefer my kale in a salad…Β just saying! IfΒ you like kale shakes, go for it! Like I said, I don’t believe there is one definition of wellness that suits everybody… πŸ™‚

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What wellness means to me…

Okay, so let me share some of my thoughts about what wellness means to me, and how I try and maintain a balanced lifestyle…

Firstly, I believe being truly well and healthy starts from within. I believe that by nurturing your mind, body and soul, you can achieve a realistic level of wellness in your everyday lifestyle. I also believe wellness is closely linked to self-care, which I recently wrote about here.

I want to keep this real too. Chances are you aren’t going to feel on top of your game every single day (which I think is totally normal), and that it is in these moments, whether it be a stressful time at work or an imposing deadline, we must dedicate time for ourselves. To tell you the truth, I’ve been told this many times and have put my own sanity on the back-burner as ‘I just need to quickly finish something’ or ‘I’ll take a break later’. Truth be told, you can’t be your ultimate #girlboss without looking after your wellbeing first.

I truly believe that by investing in yourself, you are investing in a whole lot more – your mind, body and soul… as clichΓ© as this may sound, by slowing down and making time for yourself in your busy schedule, you’ll thank yourself later…

So today I thought I would share ten of my favourite and rather simple ways to have a break from work, and enjoy some ‘me time’… Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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#1: Have a bubble bath

Okay, so this is probably my favourite way to unwind. I tend to multitask a lot, so by confining myself to a bathtub (as strange as that may sound), I have no other choice to sit still and relax… πŸ™‚ And it means you can try out the latest bath bombs at LUSH – so its a win win! πŸ™‚

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#2: Read a good book

I love to read, however when I get busy, my night-time reading seems to be one of the first things I stop to do in order to keep up with a hectic workload (not great, I know!) However, I recently bought myself some new books, does anyone else love the feeling of opening up a new book…? I’m loving Ice-Cream For Breakfast and The Little Black Book at the moment… (stay tuned for reviews coming soon!) πŸ™‚

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#3: Listen to a inspiring podcast

There are so many amazing podcasts at the moment, from bloggers to magazines, you name it! I think they are a great source of inspiration and another great way to unwind after a busy day – whether you listen to one before bed with a cup of tea (very hygge!) or get you motivated whilst doing exercise…

I really enjoyed the ‘At Home With…’ series by two amazing British bloggers, The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles. They interviewed amazing guests, including beauty, fashion and wellness gurus, and some incredibly influential bloggers… definitely worth a listen!

Another podcast series I recently discovered (although I haven’t had a chance to listen to yet) is called ‘Let’s Discuss’ and is run by Monica & Ella (another two inspiring bloggers). Their podcast series discusses topics including: life, love, wellbeing and work, and sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to start listening… πŸ™‚

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#4: Treat yourself to a natural face-mask

Face-masks are another lovely way to have a simple yet effective pamper session from the comfort of your own home! I love natural face-masks, so naturally my eye is on this incredible range by The Body Shop. They are also a great way to multitask, because why not enjoy two of your favourite things at the same time?! For example, snuggle up on the sofa with a fresh face-mask and your favourite novel, or your Instagram feed (#letsbereal πŸ™‚ )…

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#5: Spend time in nature

Another great way to unwind is to spend sometime outdoors… some of my favourite ways to do this is by going to a bike ride (if the weather permits), a walk around my local neighbourhood, or sometimes even just soaking up the sunshine by sitting in my garden and reading a book.

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#6: Meditate

Meditation has received a lot of publicity lately, and is a wonderful way to unwind or clear your mind. I’ve been trying to incorporate some more meditation and mindfulness into my busy schedule, and am currently enjoying exploring the Smiling Mind app… However, there are so many other awesome apps (including lots of free ones too – which is a bonus!) Let me know in the comments section below if you’d be interested in me writing an article about my experiences with meditation and my favourite apps to use…

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#7: Find inspiration

Inspiration is a great way to feel motivated and embrace your inner #girlboss, especially if you’re feeling a little down or stressed. Inspiration can come in many sources, although I know for me, my go-to is social media, especially Pinterest… I could (read: have) spent hours on Pinterest before, I’m not going to lie! If you’re interested in having a look at my account click here. πŸ™‚

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#8: Get creative in the kitchen

I love spending time in the kitchen and experimenting with new recipes… sure, some might not turn out as planned (I’ve had my fair share of cooking disasters), however, when I do follow a recipe properly, I am usually pleased with the end result…

There are so many inspiring cookbooks at the moment, my shelves are already overflowing, but I feel like I could maybe fit a few more… πŸ™‚

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#9: Start a Journal

I’ve been reading about the rich benefits of starting a journal / notebook where you can write down all your thoughts and ideas… and also reflect on your day or week. I think it’s a great routine to get into to bring more calm, peace and mindfulness into your busy everyday life. Of course, as soon as I starting reading about these benefits, I knew a shopping spree at Kikki.K was in order (naturally)! Currently on my wishlist is their daily thoughts journalΒ and gratitude journal… their collections are so lovely! πŸ™‚

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#10: Try Yoga

Lastly, I’d like to reintroduce yoga into my weekly routine, I always feel so zen and calm after a class, especially the sessions with a meditation at the end… Although I’m not very flexible and am always making excuses because ‘I don’t have enough time’ etc, however I’ve decided to stop procrastinating and go it a go again! πŸ™‚

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s wellness blog post and found some inspiration on how to incorporate some more ‘me time’ into your everyday routine…

Daisy Chain Daydreams xxx

 

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