SMALL EVERYDAY HABITS THAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Throughout 2022 I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself & tried to spend more time on self care, you can’t pour from an empty cup which is what I, and many many people do every day.

My kids are teenagers now with Isabelle preparing to go to University and, whilst they still need me for many things, especially emotionally, the physical day to day things such as organising play dates etc etc gets easier as they have so much more independence now.

I ‘found podcasts’ last year which I love to listen to whilst I’m driving. There’s a whole wealth of knowledge out there and It’s opened up my mind to the importance of incorporating self care in to my every day life and getting in to a good daily/weekly/monthly routine.  

Gratitude

This has been a game changer for me, daily gratitude is so important. Despite difficult times in the economy, we still all have a lot to be grateful for. Daily gratitude can be shown in many ways but, I like to write in my journal every morning – 3 things I’m grateful for, 3 small goals for that day and 3 things I envisage happening.

Meditation

I don’t really meditate per say, I just like to take 10 minutes in a morning to listen to a motivational meditation video on YouTube which helps clear my head, relax me and put me in the right mindset for the day.

Yoga

I’ve done pilates in the past which I enjoyed but I’ve recently started Yoga which I find just as good physically but I love how it makes me feel mentally & spiritually. It really takes me away from everything and clears my mind fully. I can’t recommend trying a local Yoga class enough for your physical & mental well being. 

Dog walks

(or just a daily walk if you don’t have a dog)

Dog walks are just, everything!!! Making my beautiful Dora happy with a lovely walk, daily exercise, fresh air & making the most of the beautiful countryside where I live. I’m very blessed to live where I live and to have my beautiful dog who makes me so happy every single day.

Gardening

I found my love of gardening in lockdown & it brings me a great deal of joy. We don’t have a big garden which didn’t bother me when we first moved here as gardening wasn’t particularly my thing but, since I’ve discovered what joy & mental well being gardening gives me, when we move house, a bigger garden will be one of the things at the top of my list.  

Reading more

I’ve always loved reading but last year I realised I didn’t read anywhere near as much as I used to. I made a pact at the start of 2022 to read 2 books per month, however, I far surpassed that and have read over 4 books per month which I’ve loved. Reading broadens the mind & I love being constantly educated. Reading regularly is a wonderful lifestyle non negotiable. 

Writing

I discovered my love of writing a few years ago, something I wish I’d done many years earlier when I was travelling.
I adore it & it’s wonderful for good mental health.

Daily Self Care

You really can’t pour from an empty cup & daily self care is vital when leading such busy lives as we all do these days.

Self care can be anything from a bubble bath to an early night, a trip to the cinema or a walk. Anything that makes you feel refreshed & that gives you time to re group & feel relaxed.

Affirmations

I love affirmations, they give me a positive outlook and morning affirmations set you up in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.

Recently I chose some of my favourite affirmations and recorded myself saying them. It takes just 3 minutes per day (less if you want) to listen to them which can be done whilst you’re getting ready or in the car.

Podcasts

One of my favourite things to do, especially whilst driving, is listening to a wide variety of podcasts. There is a huge array from self care to celebrity chats, meditating to tv reviews. I love them for the vast array of knowledge I accumulate from them making the commute to work more worthwhile & educational as well as fun & entertaining.

Getting Dora, my beautiful Cavachon

Getting a dog isn’t for everyone, however I know a huge amount of people who would never be without their dogs, but for me it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done as a family. Dora brings me love & joy every single day, our walks together are wholesome and fun and no matter what kind of a day you’ve had, no matter how upset or down you may be, your dog always loves you and the greeting you get when you come

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