We can't control what life throws at us, but we are the only ones who can control how we choose to feel. One of my promises to myself in 2014 (and for the rest of my life) is to take better care of myself. I think it is so incredibly important to make time for yourself, we often work ourselves so hard we end up tired, unhappy and with a generally sense of unease. One of the things I write most about in my Life tag is living a happy, fulfilling and positive life, after all we only have one life to live, why not make the most out of it?
On my days off, I generally start my day by opening my curtains, letting the light flood my room and allowing myself to enjoy the simple pleasure of being blessed enough to have woken up alive, happy, well and in good spirits. Nothing lifts my spirits like sunshine pouring through my window, i'm not sure what it is about natural light, but it just makes everything it touches so beautiful. I've always disliked winter because of the whole no light after 3pm thing!Next, my favourite part. I put on some of my favourite music, i'm loving this song here by Tom & Laura Misch, it's subtle, it's jazzy and it's oh so smooth, give it a listen if you're into that type of music. I go into my bathroom and start my morning routine, but because it's my day off, I allow myself the pleasure of a face massage and and a full body exfoliation (words can't describe how much I adore Soap & Glory's 'Scrub Of Your Life Exfoliator'). I really take my time and allow myself to relax, completely and fully. After my epic shower, I moisturise and get dressed, but I wear my comfiest clothes, a soft knitted jumper and a pair of elephant print silk trousers. Now Ladies, I understand how annoying it is to wear a bra, especially when you just want to relax, you have to choose between a restricting bra, or having your boobs jiggle everywhere, but i have found the solution! Dun dun dun! *drumroll please* I give you the American Apparel Triangle Mesh Bra, stupendously comfy and your boobs have some support, plus there is no underwire! How amazing is that?!
I know most people like to do Yoga before they get ready for the day, but on my days off, i prefer to take my time and really allow my mind and body to relax before i think of doing any work, or checking any e-mails. I love this routine by Tara Stiles, although i'm not quite as flexible as she is yet, but i'm working on it! After yoga I usually fix myself some breakfast and 99% of the time it's a big ol' bowl of porridge with various seeds, nut butters with the occasional few chocolate chips in it.
Now it wouldn't be my day off without some meditation and some reading. I find it especially hard to switch off and concentrate sometimes, but this is where the Buddhify app comes in! I bought this on the App store after googling meditation app's and it has been my saviour, particularly at night when my brain tends to go into overdrive. And of course, no relaxation day is complete without a cheeky read of the latest Elle Magazine (I think it's the only magazine I buy regularly).
Take some time out this weekend and treat yourself, you are seriously worth it! Even if it's just to something small like a bubble bath instead of a shower, or a special dinner. I promise, you will feel so awesome when you do! Remember self care and self love is paramount! I hope you all have the most wonderful weekend!
P.S. What types of posts would you like to see more of on IN MY SUNDAY BEST, I realise my blog has more of a Fashion base, but i think it's both interesting and challenging to tackle other subjects, let me know in the comments section below and i'll try my hardest to make it a reality!