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National Wellness Month

Happy August!

I hope you are all having a lovely August. According to Google August is national wellness month. I have been pondering what I wanted to post for this month and this topic. I wasn’t 100% on what I was wanting to post and yet I knew I wanted to cover this topic in some form. 

Especially as someone who talks to people a lot about self-care/ self-preservation and the last month or so my brain has felt heavy. Too many mixed emotions and way too many thoughts going on and I haven’t taken time to myself to deal with them. So with that being said it meant that only one topic was calling me to write about. 

Today’s post is going to be about Self-care/ getting back into Self-care after an extended break. Covering some of my favourite ways to practise self-care and remember that is okay to do things for yourself. 

This used to be one of my favourite ways to process my emotions, would be to take some time to spend some time alone, and yet in the last year or so this hasn’t been the case and I had not understood why. Looking at it now I understand that allow I live alone so I am spending a lot of time alone, I had stopped doing the things I love as much as I was the year before. So my time spent alone after work would be spent laying in bed or on the sofa scrolling through my phone. I was no longer enjoying the peace of time spent alone. I knew that something had to change in order to get back to enjoying the time spent on my own. 

For me this meant putting down the phone, minimising time spent on tik tok and picking up my favourite book, making a cup of tea and escaping reality. Learning to fall back in love with the simplicity of reading with no distractions. I also often use this time to journal. Sometimes it helps when your brain is full to let it out onto a page. 

Following on from the above one of my favourite ways to practice self-care is to take some time out and read. Normally when I am feeling a little low I will normally turn to re-reading one of my favourite books. Reading transports you into the world inside your book and gives you an incredible sense of escaping. 

Normally I would pick up one of the Sherlock novels or maybe turn to one of the books I loved as a teen. However, my current read is Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn and I must admit hearing everyone’s perspectives has been incredibly therapeutic. 

Music is a great way to boost your mood and sometimes that’s all you need from a self-care session is to boost your mood. Therefore it had to be included. Music is incredibly powerful and has the power to change how we are feeling so why not create a playlist that has all the songs you hear that give you a mood boost, or makes you feel powerful? It’s a simple way to create a positive vibe! 

This goes hand in hand with creating a playlist, but why not turn up the music and have a dance party? Yes even if you are on your own. The sentence will always remind me of “like nobody’s around” by Big Time Rush and although this reminds me of someone no longer a part of my life, it still puts a smile on my face. Dancing around the kitchen also reminds me of times spent with friends where apparently the only way we would spend our time would be dancing around the kitchen, living rooms and even drama studios. It will always be something that brings a smile to my face. 

If music is not your thing or is a little too much for you to handle right now, why not listen to your favourite podcasts? I have a list of go-to podcasts that I find myself gravitating to when music is just a little too much. 

Some of my favourites include:
  • Shagged, Married, Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey, if you are looking for a good laugh, I highly recommend tuning into this one.
  • Poetry Podcast- Frank Skinner, if you are like me and you like literature but never really got into poetry as much as you should have this one would be for you, it is incredibly interesting to hear his perspectives and thoughts about the poetry he chooses. 
  • Exactly, Florence Given. If you enjoyed her book Women Don’t Owe You Pretty then I can tell you now that this podcast will be a hit. 

 What better time than to run a hot bath and finally use one of the bath bombs you seem to have mysteriously begun collecting? (just me?)  I normally will put on a podcast or an audiobook to keep me entertained purely because an actual book would terrify me that I would drop it. 

This is something that I actually did a few days ago. It allows you to focus on the things you want to achieve over the year, sometimes being able to visualise these things allows for stronger manifestation. It was definitely time to change up my vision board and the things I was looking at on a daily basis. (I keep mine on my work desk)

For me this was a spontaneous trip to bath with one of my favourite people, a couple of days to be completely insane and also scout out some Bridgerton locations because hey we all want to promenade with a duke/Viscount.

Now, this seems like an obvious one but sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the positives and what better way to do this than with a list of things you love and a list of things you are grateful for!

What are your favourite ways to practice self-care?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

One thought on “National Wellness Month

  1. Hello
    Did you that the 6th annual edition of World Wellness Weekend will be celebrated Sept 16-18 in 139 countries by 4,700 venues?

    We are supporting the UNITED NATIONS’ 3rd SDG (“Good Health and Well-being for All”) and promote Five Pillars of Wellness: Sleep, Nutrition, Movement, Mindfulness and Sense of Purpose.

    This year’s theme is “Living Well Together” (after 2 years of social distancing and so much stress, anxiety and mental health issues). #worldwellnessweekend #wellnessforall #wellnessbyall

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