Where has the first half of the year gone? After a fast-paced few months with lots of travel we’re both really looking forward to a few weekends at home to take some time out, relax, reset and practice what we preach by dedicating a good few hours to self-care. It can seem like a bit of a chore to remember to show ourselves simple acts of self-love when there are a million and one things to juggle – work, family life, social lives and we want to eat well, move enough, meditate, maintain our hobbies…there’s no doubt that it can be really hard sometimes! So we wanted to share some super simple tips with you, in the hope that you can find a little time to set aside for mindful actions that will benefit you. Don’t worry about ticking all of them off, maybe you can just stick to one or two that seem realistic in and amongst your schedule of kids, commitments and kicks.
1. Whack on your favourite podcast or playlist and get in the kitchen for a Sunday cook-off. We like to think of it as an investment for the working week, so that you’ve got nourishing, home-cooked meals to come enjoy when you don’t have the time to cook from scratch.
2. Eat a food you love, even if it’s something you might normally deny yourself. We’re all about the 80/20 rule and if you have our first book The Art Of Eating Well, you’ll know all about it too. It’s all about balance, feed your body the good stuff 80% of the time and it will cope a lot better with the not-so-good.
3. Give your skin a good brush before showering. It will shed dead skin cells, improve circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage and if you do it first thing, it’s sure to wake you up too!
4. Take a long, relaxing bath and go all out with oils, candles and a good book. We love adding epsom salts too to release muscle tension.
5. While in the bathroom, treat yourself to a face mask. We particularly love this One Love Organics masque, but a homemade concoction of honey, avocado and oats will do wonders too.
6. Sleep in for an extra hour (at the weekend) and give your body that little extra time to regenerate. If you’re body clock just won’t let you, try spending an extra hour in bed just catching up on some reading. It’s really nice to start the mornings off slow every once in a while.
7. Get outside, find some greenery whether it’s your garden or a park and take some time to be in nature, breathing in the fresh air.
8. Move your body, whether it’s going for a run while you’re outside, at your favourite exercise class, or back home with some gentle yoga or stretching. We love follow-along youtube videos! Some of our favourites are by Tara Stiles, Shona Vertue and Lottie Murphy.
9. Jot down 3 things that you’re currently grateful for and 3 dreams, goals or aspirations for the coming months. Remind yourself of these when you’ve had a tough day!
10. Make yourself a Pep-Up Tea. It’s a great caffeine-free brew for a natural pick-me-up with healing, immune-boosting ingredients such as lemon, ginger and turmeric. Get the recipe here!