Summer (Self) Loving

Hello friends! It's safe to say that I've happily found my feet here at home again following my short (but sweet) trip to Canada. Aside from the many questions that I'm still receiving about my Canadian adventure, my somewhat normal life here in West Cork has resumed, and I am having a great Summer. That said, it would be a lie if I said it hasn't been without its own set of ups and downs, but thankfully as I'm getting older I'm learning how to manage my life in the best way possible.

I read a quote recently that's really stuck with me; "true self care is not salt baths and chocolate cakes, it is making the choice to build a life that you don't need to regularly escape from." This really made me think about the things I do to support myself every day. It's taken me a while to find what makes me truly the happiest, so I've decided to share some of my self care tips with you all, in the hopes that you might find what works for you too.

1. Exercise
Find a form of exercise that you love, commit to it and enjoy it. A healthy body is a healthy mind. Look after yourself. I've tried a lot of different forms of exercise over the past few years; running, spinning and circuit training to name a few, but at the moment outdoor swimming is what I love the most, so I try to fit a swim into my day whenever I can.

2. Social Media Detox
Take a break from social media every now and again. Avoid obsessing over people you do and don't know. Don't allow yourself to watch everyone's every move, and don't believe that everything you see is real. Unfollow accounts that don't enhance your life in some way. 

3. Catch-up with friends and family
Reach out to your friends and family when you're feeling low, or when you think they might need a friend. Be there for yourself and for the people you love, and allow them to be there for you too. 

4. Take time for yourself
Learn to enjoy spending time alone. Read, write, listen to music, draw, go for coffee, be creative. Become completely comfortable with yourself. 

5. Organise your life
Plan your day realistically, and try not to put off doing anything important. Keep your space tidy, make your bed every morning, and plan your outfits when you can. Don't let work or chores pile up, and make sure to pencil in some time for doing things you enjoy. 

I still have a lot to learn about self-care and self-love, but right now these are just a few things that work for me, and hopefully, some of these might work for you too.

Chat soon,

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