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Self-Care Sunday

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

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Recently, I completed an interview about what self-care means to me, for the lovely Christina over at Navigation to Happiness.

The term ‘self-care’ is something I had not really given much thought to before. Life is busy. It’s easy to get so caught up in what we need to be doing, that we forget about what we want to be doing. We all need time to stop and refresh, now and then.

It’s simple, I think. It’s about doing things you want to do just because you want to – and not feeling guilty! It’s about caring for yourself and your own mental health. It’s about taking some time out for your own wellness. And it’s something we all need to do.

Sundays epitomise what self-care means to me. Everyone practices self-care differently, but I’ve found that putting a Sunday aside solely for looking after myself, allows me to feel refreshed and positive before the week ahead.

My Sundays – this week and most weeks – are very chilled. Unless I’m going out for Sunday dinner, it’s a day for pyjamas and duvets! I’ll have a lovely bubble bath with my favourite Lush products (I’m a bit of an addict!), eat whatever food I fancy and spend some down time with my boyfriend. There is no right or wrong when it comes to self-care, it’s whatever makes you feel good. If that means watching rubbish telly in your PJs – then do it!

Unless there are things I really have to do on a Sunday, if I don’t want to, I won’t. That isn’t selfish. It allows me to be the best version of myself throughout the rest of the week.

And just because I set this day aside, doesn’t mean that if I need time for myself on other days, I won’t take it. When life gets really stressful, I find that just listening to music for a while can help me to feel better. Or sometimes, taking half an hour out to just stop and enjoy a cup of tea.

Whatever ‘self-care’ means to you, make sure that you are putting time aside for yourself and most importantly, don’t feel guilty about it!

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