I’ve been thinking a lot about self care. About what basics you need to set yourself up with so you have the best quality of life. In short, I’ve not really been treating myself well lately. This inadvertently leads to me being in a slump. Stripping back to the basics, I’ve taken a closer look at what is the key to staying content.
For me basic self care is essentially keeping to a balanced diet, doing regular exercise, getting enough sleep, going outside and spending time with good people. A difficult feat for someone who’s at her most comfortable staying home alone for most of the day. On top of that, moving to a new town where I know very few people, has made things that little bit more complicated.
However, this week I’m determined to change that. Firstly, we all know that having a balanced diet is important. But myself being vegan I have to be even more aware of my nutrition. So I’ve meticulously planned my diet to encompass all the things a vegan needs. No lack of protein here!
Whilst sleep has never been something I’ve struggled getting enough of, exercise definitely is. At the beginning of this year my first resolution was to do yoga everyday. On reflection this wasn’t a very realistic resolution, but its definitely something I still want to do at the very least once a week. Yoga not only gives you a good workout, it also helps calm the mind.
Particularly since its still summer here it would be a good opportunity to go out and enjoy a walk. We’re pretty lucky to have such nice places to walk in Somerset, so it be a shame not to. Plus, I’m sort of obsessed at eating all the blackberries I can find.
Finding good people is a little bit tricker, as it takes time to get to know them (especially as a shy person). Initial places to start would be to attend a exercise class, join a craft group or go to a book club. The more you put yourself out there the more likely you are to meet likeminded people.
It’s still all a work in progress and there will be always be those meh days but as long as you’re self caring for yourself overall hopefully they’ll be few and far between.