Setting up a support network (Self-care month Day 24)

Morning everyone! I hope all is well so far today for you,

I have had a little something on my mind just this morning so I have to make it clear here. I want you to know that I am by no means a finished product. Nobody is. I am on this journey, learning how to take better care of myself just the same as you. I want to say this so that you know that I am not better, I don’t have everything sussed. Sometimes, in fact, I struggle to take my own advice. For example, putting too much pressure on myself, not taking care of myself as I should, not making self-care my number one priority. But I learn from it and I move forward and it becomes less and less often that I completely overwhelm myself and it is very rare that I don’t see the warning signs for stress and anxiety coming.

Today, the self-care message that I want to get across is about creating a network of support around yourself so that you can you are at your best to look after yourself and your health. Cont…

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Saying no (Self-care month Day 23)

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Self-care month Day 23
Saying no

Good morning my lovely reader and all my new followers it’s so good to meet you!
Today is my birthday, 29 years ago today I was brought it to the wonderful world and because of that I am feeling extra specially happy and relaxed. I have spent all day cuddling my kitten, Luna, colouring in my new colouring book and watching Disney films. I have felt extra exhausted recently and I have really needed some time to myself to relax and I feel all the better for it.

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Colouring in bed with Luna this morning

Today I give you permission to say no to something. Whether it is something that you aren’t comfortable with, or are anxious about or whether somebody is demanding too much of your time or energy. To really take care of ourselves we need to be able to say no in these situations. We sometimes say yes out of obligation or because we are too kind to let people down. Cont…

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Self-care Month Day 22 (Treat yourself!)

Hi all!

Welcome to day 22 (!) of self-care month! Sorry todays email has come a bit late, I’ve had a very hectic weekend and day which involves a new member of our family;

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So this is Luna, she was abandoned in a very cruel way and we have taken her in and she’s so cute and lovely! Feel really lucky to have had to opportunity to rescue her.

Well tomorrow is my birthday! So today I want us to figure out a little way we can treat ourselves today. Here are a few ideas; Cont..

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Switch-off Sundays (self-care month day 21)

Do you have a day of the week where you just do not work? When you refuse to check emails or switch on your work phone? It’s a nice idea to have a healthy break from work matters but often a difficult thing to pull off, especially for a whole day. Why not try it consciously for a couple of hours and then see if, bit by bit, you can stretch it out into longer periods of time. Cont…

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More journalling! (Self-care month day 20)

More journalling!
Hi there lovely,

Welcome to day 20! How is your self-care month going? Are you fitting it in or struggling? Are you enjoying it and finding the time or finding it a chore to look after yourself in so many ways? Feedback always welcome here, dear.

Day 20 is going to be about more journalling. Now I know we’ve covered a few journal entries and i have asked you to answer various questions in your journal but today is about something a bit more general. Cont…

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Different ways to meditate (Self-care Month Day 19)

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Self-care month day 19 Different ways to meditate - Imogen J Hope

Today I want to talk about trying mediation. If you haven’t meditated before then it may seem like meditation is quite difficult. It needn’t be. There are lots of ways to meditate and everyone has individual ways of doing it in a that suits them. I have tried a few ways of doing it, including going to a Buddhist meditation class for a while which was a wonderful experience but i’ll be honest I struggle to sit on the floor for so long it wasn’t great for my back! But the experience of learning with them and from them and finding out about Buddhist teachings is one that I am very grateful for. Cont…

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Setting goals (self-care month day 18)

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I can’t believe it is day 18 of self-care month already! Only 12 more days to go, well done for getting so far, you should be patting yourself on the back 🙂

When I went to counselling one of the things that we had to do in order to progress was to set some goals. This gave us all a purpose and a reason for moving forwards when the counselling had finished. I can’t really remember what my original goals were, they have probably changed quite a lot since then. Cont…

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Pamper yourself (Self-care month day 17)

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I think that when most people think about self-care this is what first comes to mind. Pampering yourself, looking after yourself and making yourself feel special and beautiful and wonderful. And you should, every body should. So todays self-care task is to spend a while doing this.

Here are a few ideas of ways you can pamper yourself.Cont…

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Create Something (Self-care Month Day 16)

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Hi there!

Day 16 of self-care month is all about making time to create something. I know a lot of people say that they aren’t creative or ‘crafty’ thats fine. What i’m asking you to do is give it a try and don’t worry about the outcome. The actual process of creating something is what is important here, because it’s meditative, its relaxing and it is so rewarding. It gives us a sense of accomplishment that is so easy to get through creating something from scratch with our own hands, that is impossible to get any other way. I always recommend having a look through Pinterest for craft ideas as there are so many and loads with step-by-step instructions of how to make something.Cont…

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24 ways to try something new (self-care month day 15)

Morning my lovelies,

Hope you had a lovely weekend full of joy, adventure and relaxation.

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Today is day 15 (wow!) and as part of the ‘adventure’ part of self-care I want to talk about trying something new. It’s fun and exhilarating to be put out of our comfort zone sometimes. To push ourselves beyond our usual boundaries is a good way to bring in new energy. So today’s self-care task is to try something new (or arrange to if it needs booking). Cont…

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