Hands up those of you who make a conscious effort to keep on top of all things self-care related! If your hand is up, i'm super proud of you, keep it up! Myself on the other hand… Now that's a different story! When I began this blog I rambled a whole lot, I'm surprised anyone even read it because it was a big ol' ball of tumbling words and grammatical errors, definitely writing from the heart rather than the head. Now that i'm a few years older (and a little wiser) I've found a lovely balance between writing with the head and heart in mind. I love writing and I think it's a wonderful thing to share with others thoughts.
A cup of hot chocolate always soothes the soul, especially when it's the thick gourmet stuff (i've had far too many warm mugs of this lately). Sally, who shares a mutual love of chocolate, coffee and well food in general was very sweet and sent me a little 'TREAT CHO SELF' package full of chocolately Lindt wonder which came at a perfect time because my stress levels were at an all time high and Stressed backwards is Desserts so… My sister and I spent our Sunday baking up a small storm, well to be honest it was very lazy baking as we only needed to add a bit of milk and water to Lindt Lava Cake packets, was absolutely delicious nevertheless, so much so that I ate three 0_0
I always stress the importance of taking care of yourself, but I've been seriously slacking in that department for the last few months, particularly the exercise department and it's left me feeling like a huge steaming pile of poop for lack of a more erudite adjective. Sarah who blogs at The Laughing Medusa, organised an awesome yoga day which was held the Yoga Nest, part of St Margaret's House which is a Charity programme based in Bethnal Green. I'll save myself the embarrassment of showing you how absolutely un-flexible i've become (my downward facing dog ends up as a plank) and not show you the pictures of me huffing and puffing and leave that to your imagination, but i am seriously unfit! Holly our teacher was super sweet and very helpful in regards to correcting our form and making sure we were going at a comfortable pace and it was such a blast to talk with Che, Sarah and Sasha over Hoummus and Vegan Cakes. I'd definitely recommend some yoga if you're feeling blah, i left feeling limber, happy and full on some delicious cake!
I write all this to say, dedicate a little you-time! You owe it to yourself! Little things like a warm cup of tea after a long day, or treating yourself to your favourite film, or food (Hot Dogs & Mac n' Cheese in my case) helps tremendously. Music has been my go to and songs like this, and this have seriously kept me motivated, when the only thing I wanted to do was fall down into a deep dark hole of despair and fear. There is only one you, and you have to take good care of yourself. Unfortunately life hits hard, and in ways we may not understand. But as sure as the wind will blow, and the sun will set, things will change. Brighter days will come, and darker ones will come, that's just the way life goes, we just have to keep it together, and keep it moving. With that said, how are you all? Hope you're keeping well, and life is treating you just fine.
I think as much as these fairly long winded life posts are a way of sharing, they work as a good reminder, and I still go back and look at my "How To Be Alone" post when I'm feeling a little blue.