Friday, 15 February 2019

5 Ways I Am Practicing Self Care



Something that I am going to try and put a big focus on throughout 2019 is self-care I feel like over the past couple of years, people have been preaching about self-care over on social media and I feel like it is something that I need to implement into my own life. If you have been following my blog for some time, you will know that the last couple of years have been very intense for me, with both good and bad events. Throughout everything that happens in my life I try to stay focused, be there for other people and keep going with a smile on my face. Only now, am I realising that I am going to have to make a change for my own well-being.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to make any fundamental changes to the person that I am. I love being there for others and putting the needs of the people closest to me above how I am feeling, but there has to be a point where I make an adjustment and do things for myself. So, I thought that for this blog post, I would share with you guys 5 of the ways that I am practicing self-care this year and how I am working to improve myself and my overall health.

Cutting Out Bad Friendships
I have always been the kind of person that tries to hold onto friendships. I have always been very lucky in my life that I have a good network of friends and I have always made an effort to maintain my friendships. Something that I noted over the past year is that I am putting in much more effort than some. I decided to do the arsey thing and I stopped texting people. I stopped being the first people to reach out and strike up a conversation and just in the past couple of months, I found my true friends. It is never nice to lose a friendship, but I also don’t want to be forcing something that simply isn’t there. It has made me so much happier focusing on the people that actually care about me.

Spending More Time Outside
I love being in my home. I am very much a homing pigeon and I don’t like leaving my house. If there is a choice to go out for the day or stay in my comfy clothes in the comfort of my lovely home, you will find me sat on my sofa in front of the TV. I used to think that I was strange for it, but everybody is different and that is ok. One thing that I do want to do more of is be outside. I love nothing more than fresh air and I think that it genuinely does you the world of good both mentally and physically. I want to go for walks, eat alfresco at restaurants or just sit in the garden instead of cooped up inside the house. I also find there to be something calm about being in the outdoors.

Focusing on What I Want
When I am working all of the hours that god can send me and then blogging in all of my spare time, there has been more than one occasion where I have to question why I am doing it. I like to keep in the forefront of my mind the reason why I am doing it. It may be something as selfish as wanting a new Gucci bag, an extension on the house, a new car or a family holiday. I think that I need to do that in order to keep me positive about the things that I am doing. I can normally get sucked into my work and one day can roll into the next and I end up feeling very negative, this just helps me to look on the bright side of things and keep me moving!

Read More
I love to read. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really read anything intellectual or challenging, I tend to stick to silly romance or funny novels, but that is what I like. This year, I want to allow myself to clear my schedule, cosy up on the sofa and read a good old book. I think that there is something so calming about being away from technology and getting sucked into a new world through a book. It is something that I really do want to do more of in 2019 because it opens up your mind, gets your imagination going and helps me to forget the things that I have going on in the real world for just a moment or two.

Take Things Slow
Because of my OCD and simply everything else that I have going on in my life, I find it very easy to get carried away with things. I move at a million miles an hour and my to do list is always longer than my arm. This year, I want to make a conscious effort to take things a little slower. I want to move at a normal pace, not worry about the things that I need to do 3 weeks on Thursday and just enjoy the moment a little more. I have even deleted all of my to-do lists and planners which normally rule my life, which was a big step for me and my OCD.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this blog post. I know that talking about something like this is quite different for me here on my blog, but it is something that is important to me and I have to be honest, since the start of the year when I started exercising this, I have been much happier overall. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know some of the ways that you are practicing self-care this year!
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  1. i absolutely love getting lost in a new book but rarely find the time to do it! my goal this year was also to put my phone down and read more, have you read any good books so far? would love a rec!

    katie. xx lacoconoire

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    1. I have read a couple, but in my opinion nothing that has stood out!

      Danielle xx

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  2. Cutting out bad friendships is so difficult to do at the time but afterwards it is so so worth it! I'm also trying to read more this year, it makes me feel so so relaxed

    Becca / becc4

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    1. It is an essential thing that you need to do!

      Danielle xx

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  3. Two goals of mine for the year was to read more and be outside more. I am naturally such an indoorsy person so it's been a bit of an effort to make myself go outside more. Australian summer has been so hot and brutal so it's been a little bit of a challenge. x

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. I just think that there is something so lovely about getting fresh air!

      Danielle xx

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  4. YESSS! Love this post...such good things to do!
    -Kate // www.classyandkate.com/3-ways-to-spread-love-even-after-valentines-day/

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  5. Completely agree with you on the point about cutting out toxic friendships. This is something I did a couple of years ago after being in a toxic friendship with someone who was constantly manipulative for 8 years. I cannot explain how much happier I am now after finding genuine friends. Its had such a large impact on me in all areas of my life, not just my friendships. Its become very apparent to me after taking the plunge and leaving this friendship, that I was SO ridiculously unhappy at the time, and I never even noticed how big the impact was on the other aspects of my life.

    https://www.flolavita.co.uk/2019/02/the-reluctant-feminist.html

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    1. 1 genuine friend is worth 1000 fake friends!

      Danielle xx

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  6. Self care is indeed one of the best things we can give ourselves. Outside time is really good for the mind body and soul, indeed!

    Marie
    The Flower Duet

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    1. It really is, fresh air always does wonders for me!

      Danielle xx

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  7. Self care is so importants and I feel like most people forget it even exists haha! Some great things here, I've started reading recently and It's a really good way to relax and rewind x

    Lily Loves | https://www.lilyloves.net/

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    1. When I read I can just feel myself physically relaxing!

      Danielle xx

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  8. I've cut out bad relationships in the past and although at the time if feels like the worst thing ever it's worth it in the long run!! I also need to start reading more, I spend so much time online! I work an 9-5 office job so am constantly looking at screens and then when I come home I sit on my phone or go on my laptop and do blogging!!

    Katie | www.justkatiee.com XX

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    1. I know, having some offline time is essential for your mind!

      Danielle xx

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  9. I've definitely been trying to cut out bad friendships. There's no point keeping toxic people in your life and I feel so much better for it xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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  10. I absolutely love this post- cutting out bad friendships is so necessary and one of my goals is to read more too!

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. It feels silly when we think about how long we have maintained a bad friendship!

      Danielle xx

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  11. i am loving your blog and alll your post!! keep them coming ! amazing post again thanks for sharing <3

    jadieegosh

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  12. I love that you included things like cutting out bad friendships! It really sucks when you stop putting all of the effort into a friendship and quite clearly realise without your effort the friendship dissolves - but as you said, you found your true friends because of it! Wonderful post lovely <3 x

    samanthafrances.co.uk

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    1. Ideally, we would never ideally keep bad friendships, but I think sometimes we just go with the flow and end up complacent with the negative things in our life!

      Danielle xx

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  13. I love your self care practices! So many of these I can relate to and have been trying to implement into my own life. Taking things slow is such an important one. I try to take things nice and slow because if not I overwhelm myself. Plus I'm trying to learn to trust myself and believe in myself more so slow is always better. I've been trying to get back into reading this year. It's such a great escapism. I also find getting outside so beneficial. Fresh air can really refresh and ground you. Such a fab post xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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    1. Aww thank you so much for reading lovely lady, I hope you are well sweetie!

      Danielle xx
      https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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