• The Sunday Edit: Caring For Me For A Change

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    I’m one of those people that expends way too much time in the mind and I give so much of my energy away that people don’t know it.  I probably need to get into the craze that is mindfulness as it can all get a bit draining from time to time and no doubt cause a lot of self-inflicted stress.  I like to think of it as I care too much, but if there is one thing I’ve learnt caring for yourself too is never a bad thing, in fact, it is absolutely necessary.  If this sounds all too familiar then hopefully you’ll appreciate this advice to help you conserve your energy and put some of the focus back on yourself:

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    Do more of what makes you happy.  Whatever it is that floats your boat do more of that be it reading, blogging, going for walks or binge watching on Netflix.  I know some people are happiest when they are cleaning, if that’s what gets you going then go for it plus your house will be super clean too!

    Set some time aside for “me time”.  Now I prefer “me time” to be spontaneous but if you have a really busy schedule this is never gonna happen unless you make the time for it.  I’m thinking that total relaxation like meditating, a pampering evening to running yourself a bath, anything to get that headspace clear and create some inner calm.

    Stop saying yes when you really want to say no a.k.a. people pleasing.  Ok so this can be hard sometimes as we don’t want to be difficult but when you really don’t want to do something or you don’t have the time, just say so because there is nothing worse than having something fester.  Also, saying no more often can actually be quite liberating.

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    Set those boundaries. It’s important to be clear about what works for you and what doesn’t by setting healthy boundaries whether it is in your personal relationships or in the workplace.  Remember, it’s all about mutual respect.

    Stop feeling guilty for putting yourself first.  Seriously STOP this because as long as you are not being mean or unreasonable about it there is nothing wrong with it and always remember those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

    Identify the energy stealers.  You’ll know who is in need of genuine help but that doesn’t mean you have to take their problems home with you.  Likewise, people that always (note the word always) drain your energy should absorb as little of your time as is humanly possible.

    Get enough sleep and eat healthy.  This should probably go at the top really as keeping your health in the utmost condition is vital as is being well-rested.  Remember you are no good to anyone if you are not healthy and you can’t take care of business if you don’t take care of yourself.

    Hopefully this advice is useful….it has certainly kept me sane lately!  Now, keeping in line with the concept of “me time,” next week I’ll be sharing a post on some new products I’ve been using to help me de-stress plus brace yourself……I’m hosting my first ever giveaway where I’ve got two YSL goodies for you.   See below for a sneak preview so do stay in touch. x