You may have spotted that Peachy Packages was highlighted recently in The Independent as one of 10 best self-care subscription boxes. I was delighted to be amongst such good company as a key aspect of the business is to encourage self-care. .
When we're working hard, busy with life or feeling overwhelmed, self care is often overlooked or feels like a luxury we can't afford in order to get through all the other jobs. However this isn't true as self-care actually helps you progress faster, feel more confident and enable you to focus on the most effective path. If you fit in those small actions such as lunch with friends or taking time out for exercise, the positive impact can help you become more productive as a result.
Self care reduces the negative effects of stress, so taking care of you can reduce the impact on your mind and body and help you to keep functioning at full capacity.
Sometimes you need to refocus. It may be that you are spending more time than necessary on a project, being distracted by the details and not making the progress you expected. If you take a step back and do something different, even as small as making yourself a cup of tea, you can come back and look at those things you have been struggling with in a different light.
Self care is also important to prevent you from getting to the stage of overload. You don't want to get to the point you just want to give up so getting in the habit of practising small acts of self care can help avoid that feeling of overwhelm. Make sure you find time to prioritise all those things on your to do list and concentrate on the urgent important tasks first.
One of the ways to practise self care is to do some activities that are good for improving your mood and feeling of well-being. I've captured 10 ways that resonate with me on how to feel more positive - try them and see if they help you too.
10 ways to improve your mood
- Clean! For a start the physical activity of cleaning is a good wake up for your body, but for me there is usually one corner or room in the house that is driving me crazy and once I knuckle down and get it organised, clean and under control it makes me feel so much better.
- Try a gratitude journal. This is something that really brings home to you how important the little things are and you start noticing the world around you in a different way. Start by writing down, either morning or evening, three things that you are grateful for. It could be as simple as having a roof over your head, or the impromptu hug your child gives you, you are likely to find that each little thing noticed can have a powerful effect.
- Set up a date with a friend. Choose someone you've been meaning to catch up with in ages, but don't just sit and have a coffee, set up a walking date somewhere beautiful. The exercise and fresh air and great company will do wonders for your mental well-being.
- Music. We all know how it can make us feel better, so next time you're out for a drive, even if just popping to the shop, crank the volume up loud and sing along to your favourite tunes at the top of your lungs.
- Say no. Choose what you agree to do wisely - it can feel very empowering to say no to those unnecessary commitments that really don't bring you any benefit and then you also have no reason to feel any guilt about it.
- Create a vision board for a project you're working on or a goal you're working towards. Visualising where you want to get to makes it much easier to believe that you can achieve it. Try it with visualising where you want to be in a years time, what does your life look and feel like?
- Snack healthy! Prepare a bunch of healthy snacks in easy to grab containers at the start of the week - it could be as simple as preparing some fruit or veg. Make sure you reach for them instead of succumbing to your favourite biscuit and you'll thank yourself by the end of the week.
- Practice a hobby that you've been neglecting recently - go for that exercise, find your sketchbook or get out your instrument, whatever your thing is that you really enjoy, make time to do it. If you don't have a hobby, then try something new!
- Book yourself something to look forward to - a weekend away, a concert, or a meal with friends. Knowing that something good is coming up will give you a motivation boost through your more difficult days.
- Bake a cake. This may seem counter intuitive from the healthy snacking, but baking is great for making you feel happier and sharing the results of your endeavours with friends afterwards brings joy all round.
I hope you have fun trying out some of these ideas, let me know how you get on or if you have a favourite mood enhancing activity that you recommend to others.