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!
At the end of each year I ask God for a word for the next year. I am always blown away by how much I needed that word or how accurately it portrays that year.
My words for 2019 were TRANSITION and HOPE.
We have experienced so much transition as a family this year. We have lived in 4 different houses and have moved across the country from Blackpool to Worksop. The girls have changed schools and my eldest then had to change again with the move up to secondary school in September. We’ve transitioned into a new church and my husband has also changed jobs. The move away from my family has been tough and taken a bit of getting used to and my gran passed away this year too which hit me hard. We have formed new friendships which has been such a blessing and transitioned into our new life here.
It has been an absolute whirlwind of a year but throughout it all we have held onto hope. Hope in our heavenly daddy that our decisions were in line with him. Hope that we would get through the tough days. And hope that we would be guided through the uncertainty into joy and freedom.
As we come to the end of 2019, I can look back and see God’s favour in so many ways. I know 100% that we are right where we need to be and as this year of transition draws to a close, I am hopeful for what 2020 will bring. When you choose to trust there is always hope.
My word for 2020 is CONNECTION.
I feel that 2020 is going to deepen the connection from head to heart, from heaven to earth. I will experience a deeper level of connection with myself and with others. A deeper revelation of God’s heart and what he is doing. That this year will be a time where I will build a network and connect in new ways.
The word connection both excites and scares me!
Connection is one of my core values. It is something I put a lot of importance on because for me connection and relationship are key.
But the word also challenges me to not be insular, to not shut myself off when it all gets too much. It’s a challenge to stay connected.
I don’t know what 2020 holds but I do feel a shift and an excitement in my spirit. God is doing something new and all I know is that I want to be a part of it!
Take some time to process the last year and all that 2019 has held. Give thanks for the good and let go of the not so good. Walk into 2020 with a positive mindset and hope in your heart. Spend some time thinking, praying and meditating on what God has for you in this new year and decade.