With so much going on in life, it can seem impossible to take care of yourself or have some proper time out, but just setting aside five minutes to do absolutely nothing can do wonders. I will always be an advocate of taking time to indulge yourself and relax, but it’s important to add self care and improve wellbeing in everyday life too.
Whittard of Chelsea kindly sent me a huge hamper of wellbeing goodies to help me on my way to being calm, happy and relaxed.
Top tips to improve wellbeing in everyday life.
Run a bath or have a long shower.
I mostly just get quick showers every day, but sometimes when I spend a bit longer and use more interesting or luxury products, I come out feeling much better!
A bath is especially good for letting yourself relax. I have written about the benefits of a good bath many times! When I run a bath, I know I’ll have at least half an hour of pure relaxation and downtime. Go all out – candles, book, face mask and so on.
I’m making the move to more natural products and this natural Milk and Honey soap from Soap Folk is made with coconut milk to make it extra creamy so I can’t wait to try it.
Your favourite drink.
As simple, and utterly British, as it sounds, just making a cup of tea is enough to instantly soothe me! In the few minutes while the kettle boils, and I prepare my drink, I have my mind on nothing else.
While I usually opt for milky black tea – Yorkshire Tea in fact – others can really help soothe you in different ways. I often drink green and lemon tea to perk me up in the mornings, and peppermint when I want to feel better.
When I feel more fancy, I use loose tea leaves, and it makes tea time feel extra special. Whittard of Chelsea sent me some Mango & Bergamot green tea, packed with anti-oxidants, as well as Dreamtime infusion – a caffeine-free blend of malty rooibos, velvety apricots, creamy vanilla and even a spoonful of honey.
Fruity teas are not usually for me, but these were such interesting flavours and the scent alone made me instantly feel good! The Pao mug I received has a built in infuser which makes drinking loose tea so much easier!
Whether it’s a cup of tea, glass of wine, or a luxury hot chocolate (my drinks of choice!), making a nice drink adds perfectly to any time out I give myself.
Easier said than done I know, but giving your body the nutrition it needs rather than the sugar and so on that it craves, will make you feel better in the long run.
I’m never one to deny myself of anything, but try being mindful of why you are eating. Are you bored, sad, fed up? Do something else to take your mind off it instead.
If you’re a chronic snacker like me, switching to healthy treats will make you feel much better than a quick sugar fix. I especially like dark or vegan chocolate as an alternative to my standard Dairy Milk indulgence. Whitworths have loads of choice of dried fruit, nuts and seeds to keep handy for those needs must times.
This phrase makes it sound like it’s difficult, but mindfulness is about taking in the moment. To use this as part of relaxation, focus on a task that takes you away from the worries of daily life, such as colouring. Adult colouring books have become popular for a reason. They allow you to completely zone out. It may be painting, writing, drawing, or something non creative like watching tv – without a phone!
Being grateful for everything you already have shifts your mindset from feeling sorry for yourself or being too affected by the goings on of everyday life. No matter what, something good happens in every day, whether it’s your hair doing what you want for once, or a family member being well. Looking for the little pieces of positivity throughout your day will help to prevent dwelling on the not-so-great moments.
Allow yourself to feel
I can almost feel the shudder from some people! You don’t have to cry your eyes out at everything that goes wrong, but you also don’t have to tightly bottle up every annoyance or upsetting occurrence. You are human and you’re allowed to feel things.
It’s easy to try to act like everything is okay in front of others, but being open and honest with at least yourself allows you to consider how to improve things or at least lets it all out so that you can continue with your day without grinding your teeth in your sleep – definitely not me…nope!
There is a time and a place, but make sure you take that time, in that place, when you need it to feel ALL the things, good and bad.
Ignore your phone
I know…I know…there might be a really important call or email come through at any point. Really though, how often does this happen? Having one hour away from your phone sounds simple, but I don’t know many who manage it. When watching a film, or relaxing with the kids, try to go phone-less and enjoy the moments instead.
I’m an avid picture taker, so love to have mine on me, but after I take a picture, I don’t have it out the whole time, I don’t have it at the dinner table, and I certainly don’t ignore people while scrolling Facebook. You don’t have to be constantly glued to a mobile to stay connected.
Practise all of these to improve wellbeing in everyday life.
If you continuously work on adding the above simple suggestions to improve your wellbeing in everyday life, you will feel more at ease with yourself and the ability to be mindful and relaxed will come more naturally.
Let me know if you do any of this, or if you try any how it goes. Which would you most like to work on?
Disclaimer: Thanks to Whittard of Chelsea for the fabulous wellbeing hamper and for inspiring this post! As always, all thoughts are my own.