Self Care Ideas

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How often do you make time for yourself? Whether you want to curl up with a book or add some fitness into your routine, help make self-care a priority with these ideas! Self-care has been a topic of discussion with many of the people- men and women- that I know, and I feel like it’s coming up more and more in conversations online as well: we’re busy, burnt-out, and tired, and don’t have enough time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, let alone enjoy a hobby or find time to exercise. We’re getting lost in the shuffle and losing touch with ourselves. We need to make ourselves a priority and find some time for ourselves (even if only for a few minutes!), and that’s what inspired this post.

Whatever form self-care takes, from a favourite activity or hobby to fitness/ health, to trying something new, it’s personal and something that makes you ask yourself ‘what fills my cup’ or ‘what do I need to do for myself’? The answers can be game changers for your mind, body, and soul, but for many it can be a struggle to find/ make the time. I don’t know when self-care became such a hot topic, but I understand it’s different for everyone. This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on we want and need for ourselves for the year ahead and ultimately think about our priorities. Finding simple ways to form or strengthen healthy personal habits can make a big difference in our happiness and overall well-being.

Before you tell yourself you don’t have time, think of it this way: it can start with something as simple as ‘drink more water’ and move forward from there (there’s nothing wrong with baby steps!). If at first you find it challenging to find a block of time, start with 5 minutes and build from there. Be kind and have patience with yourself, this is something to be enjoyed, not be another item on a list to stress us out! 😉 I used to get anxiety at the thought of making time for one more thing, even if it was good for me, something I enjoyed, but slowly over time that melted away and my outlook towards self-care changed. Goodbye guilt, hello… contentment, calm, happiness… fill in the blank. Running has become my main fitness-related activity, largely due to convenience and simplicity, but it’s been instrumental in a lot of positive mental changes as well; over time it’s become something I look forward to on both a physical and psychological level and one of the best self- care decisions I’ve made. Self-care can also take different forms throughout the year and as our interests change; there are no set rules other than to make time and enjoy! Even if self-care takes the form of something we don’t love– such as exercise- we ultimately will feel better knowing we made the time for it, invested in ourselves.

For this post I wanted to include a variety of ideas to hopefully inspire making self-care a priority, so I’ve included everything from something as simple as a candle to a cozy chair to hopefully get you thinking about what self-care looks like and means to you. I love curling up in lots of blankets and pillows and reading; add a cup of tea or glass of wine and I’m happy. Whether you have an area in your house that you can dedicate, like a little reading nook or fitness space, or you just want to add touches throughout your home that remind you to make time for yourself- like that just breathe print– I hope this post helps you make self-care a priority and part of your routine.

What are your self-care goals for the year?

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Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Bites

 healthy gluten free banana chocolate chip muffin bites recipe

You know when you’re running out the door or packing lunches and wish you had a healthy snack to grab? These little muffin bites are perfect for that aaaaaaand for using up all those ripes bananas you’ve got hanging out in your freezer (it’s embarrassing how many I have in mine!!! I just don’t like the idea of throwing them out so I end up with half my freezer loaded with bananas waiting for me to get in the baking mood). These little bites pack a nutritional punch and are perfect for an on-the-go snack or as a healthy addition to packed lunches. View Post

Hello 2018: On Un-Resolutions and Making Mistakes

making mistakes quote neil gaiman

When I sat down to write this post I had a weird experience: I had no idea what to write. Total classic writer’s block. After the busy-ness of December and the holidays I had no idea what I wanted to say, what I wanted to talk about. Sure it’s the first post of the new year: new beginnings, fresh start, resolutions and goals, all that good stuff.

But I couldn’t figure out what to say, so I admitted temporary defeat and walked away. I know ultimately something would come to mind, and maybe the best thing was to turn my attention to other things. I checked a few other things off my list and reflected on my own goals for the year… and while thinking about why I call them goals instead of resolutions something came to mind: un resolutions. View Post

Pop Fizz Clink Bottle Labels {Printable}

New Years free bottle label party printable

Pop Fizz Clink! Add a celebratory touch to your New Year’s party table with these labels! Whether you’re a far- in- advance planner and already have things pretty organized or plan at the last minute, these labels only take minutes to make from start to finish. Just download, print, cut + wrap around bottles of your favourite drinks (tip: skip glasses and tie party straws around mini bottles with twine). Simply use a glue stick or washi tape to hold the labels in place. Scroll to the end for party ideas + to download! Here’s to a great new year!  View Post

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

free printable Christmas gift tags

Are you a last minute shopper/ gift wrapper? Channel your inner elf with these free printable Christmas gift tags! Have fun making your own gift wrap or dig out your favourite festive paper and add one of these with some ribbon or twine (get a little cheeky with the naughty or nice tags!) and maybe a fresh sprig of greenery for the perfect finishing touch. Voila, you’re a gift wrapping pro! View Post