Self-care is not just a fad for Instagram. The same goes for mindfulness. Yes, pretty pictures of bubble baths and Hygge book front covers are fabulous (I’ve taken both.). A proper self-care routine, a collection of self-care moments, as well as a good dollop of mindfulness is, however, essential for physical and mental health.
I appreciate that I waffle on a fair bit about mindfulness. I completed a mindfulness diploma earlier that year and it makes a big impact on my life. Mindfulness and self care do tend to go hand in hand for me however this post, or series of posts is about self-care as a whole.
What is Self-Care
Self Care is the act of doing something for yourself, of enjoying a simple pleasure, some time out, rest and relaxation, an invigorating activity you enjoy. The idea behind this is that you choose to do something that helps you recharge physically and/or mentally. It’s about relieving stress and pressure and about focusing on the positive.
I think that we can all agree that with such busy lives, prioritising self-care is a must.
The Self-Care Series
I am currently on annual leave from my freelance work. I didn’t prioritise my self care, my me time and pushed myself too far. I was shattered, headachy and stretched to the limit. I experienced my first migraine and was physically and mentally worn out. Had I spent more time and thought on my self care I might not have had to take an emergency break, which is pretty much what this was. I plan work and time off months in advance. I realised I needed a break badly and gave myself just a week to limp on and win up work.
The purpose of this series is to promote a number of ways to look after yourself, body and mind. I’ll link new blog posts up here when they go live. In the meantime I’d love, to hear about what you consider self-care and why it is important to you.
When you’re trying to live mindfully, it can be really tough when stressful situations come up. Even when you’re trying to be more present, you may find that there are certain things that can stop you from actually enjoying the moment. And before you know it, you’re being dragged into mental chaos. One of those things is moving house. So let’s take a look at what you can do to make this process as easy as possible.
First of all, you’re going to want to make a conscious effort to stay as present as you possibly can during the process. Even when things start to get on top of you, take a step back, breathe, stay thankful, and then move on. If you can be more in the moment and grateful for where you are in life, and then the stress will leave you and you can continue on with your task. This isn’t as “woo woo” as you might think. I completed a mindfulness diploma back in January and have to tell you, mindful living, even with pockets of mindfulness is the way forward.
Ask For Help
Another thing to bear in mind, is that if you are struggling, then simply ask for help. Whether it’s help with packing or during the moving process, or help with your children so that you can concentrate on the tasks, getting help to stay sane is so important. We had a good friend us move last time and my youngest sister was an absolute superstar.
Finally, it’s going to really help you to make this entire process as easy as possible if you can pack carefully and consciously. By packing well, keeping everything organised, and then moving in the best possible way, as the infographic below shows, you will find moving to be more easy than stressful. This isn’t necessary if you are moving from one street to another but further afield, it could really help. We may well be moving to another country in the future (it’s an 8-10 year plan) so this would be something very relevant to us.
Infographic Design By Palletised International Removals Services