It’s important to look after both your physical and mental wellbeing generally but especially now we are in this lock down period. There is so much ‘noise’ on social media it can all feel a bit too much.
Everything can feel overwhelming or out of ‘whack’, our routines have changed, some may be busier, some may be slower. Whatever your days look like, it’s important to look after YOU and fill your cup.
If we constantly give out to others but don’t take care of our own wellbeing we begin to burn out or feel resentment.
Spa days, long country walks and coffee dates with friends are all off the menu at the moment, which actually helps to strip it back to what self-care actually is. It is the small acts of putting yourself first, showing yourself kindness and giving your body and mind what it needs.
We are all unique and have different needs. Take a moment to write a list of things that help you to feel relaxed, make you happy or fill your cup. I’ve listed a few suggestions below that you may find helpful too!
Worship/Prayer/Meditation – Connecting your heart back to God’s and spending time in his presence fills you up spiritually and brings your focus from a worldly view back to a heavenly one.
Exercise – Believe me exercise is never top of my list but since I have been doing 15mins with my girls each morning it has really given me a boost. Getting the blood pumping and the endorphins flowing will benefit both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Healthy Eating – Comfort eating is hard to battle when you are stuck inside but creating healthy meals and having fruit for a snack can make a huge difference to your energy levels.
Pamper – Have a bath, paint your nails, get dressed. Do something that makes you feel loved, and beautiful.
Water – Our bodies are made up mostly of water so we need to make sure we stay hydrated and drinking lots will also help to flush out any nasties and keep our minds and skin fresh.
Sunshine – Oh how a bit of sunshine makes a difference! Although we are at home we fortunately still have the opportunity to get out for a short walk, see nature and get our bodies moving. Even if you are staying at home long term, open a window or sit in the garden to get a dose of vit D.
Connection – Connection is key. Reach out to the safe people in your life, keep communication lines open.
Affirmations – Speak life over yourself and create a positive mindset.
Journalling – Write it all out! Everything that is in your head, get it down on paper!!
To Do – Writing a short to do list each day with simple things like eat breakfast, Put a wash on, ring mum etc can help you have a focus and also feel like you’ve achieved something when all the days seem to be rolling into one.
This list is by no means exhaustive, do what makes you feel good. Carve out time for yourself each day whether that’s 5 minutes or 2 hours, it will make a difference. One of my favourite Disney quotes is from the new live action Cinderella movie – Have courage and be kind – It sums up life at the moment beautifully. Keep taking those small courageous steps and be kind to yourself and others in the process. You’ve got this!
Do you have a set of affirmation cards that you don’t know what to do with?
Or maybe you been thinking of getting some but are not sure if you’ll use them?
Affirmation cards have words on them that affirm you. They can be declarations, positive statements or encouragements that build your self worth and promote a positive mindset.
I created a set of cards almost 2 years ago and have found that I use them in different ways. Putting the work in and using them daily has made a big difference to me so I thought I’d share some ideas with you!
1. SPEAK OUT LOUD
Your voice holds power. When you speak out loud, you hear yourself speaking truth over yourself.
You can go through your pack of cards and speak out each affirmation or you can choose one or two for the day and repeat them.
I tend to declare them over and over until I feel a change in my spirit. Its like there’s a point where it changes from my head to my heart and I begin to believe what I’m saying, so I make sure I get to that point with my chosen cards. Some days it takes longer than others!
Some days you may want to whisper them as you are walking and some days you may want to stand on a hill top and shout!
2. STICK THEM UP
Put them on your fridge, mirror, dashboard, cupoard, front door, inside a lunchbox etc etc Anywhere that you will see it is a good place!
Affirmation cards can be used as visual reminders, we often sub-consciously read things as we walk past so the more positive statements around the better.
I started with 4 I AM statements on my mirror which i would read over and over as I got ready in the morning and again at night.
Writing declarations on sticky notes can really help to change your mindset in the moment so I always keep some close by.
3. JOURNAL PROMPTS
Journalling is a wonderful way to get your thoughts and feelings out, process things, dig deep and hear from God.
Affirmation cards make great journal prompts and give a focus for your journalling session.
Find a quiet calm space, choose a card (for example I am enough), let your mind ponder on how the words make you feel and then journal a few questions.
An example may be – In which situations do I not feel enough? Has anybody contributed to the lie that I am not enough? What is the truth?
4. TAKE THEM OUT
Affirmation cards don’t have to stay in the house. They are the perfect size for taking out and about with you.
Keeping some in your car or handbag can be really helpful especially if you suffer with anxiety or journal on the go.
I have put them inside notebooks before when I’ve had to speak or do a presentation as a reminder that I can do it.
Carrying them around with you means you’ll always have them handy when you need them!
5. GIVE AWAY
Has anyone ever given you something at the exact moment you needed it?
Words of encouragement are powerful. Affirmation cards are the perfect little gift to show someone you care.
You can gift them a whole set so that they can use them daily or you can give out single cards to specific people when they need them.
The cards may even have space to write a little note or bible verse on to bless that person.
These are just a few ways you can use your cards, Id love to hear how you use yours! You can follow me over on instagram.
If you’d like to buy some Believe in ME affirmation cards, you’ll find them HERE