You may be wondering why I have included a picture of my made bed today. Well, that’s just it. My bed is MADE. One of the things I am focusing on this year is relieving stress in healthy ways. Believe it or not, something as simple as making your bed in the morning can help.
It sets the tone for the rest of the day, giving you a feeling of accomplishment that you take with you as you head out the door.
It is an infectious act, which might lead you to tidy up other areas, like the top of your dresser.
All that tidying up will mean less clutter, and a tidy space is very calming.
Finally, there is nothing quite so blissful as ending a long day by climbing into a freshly made bed.
This one little thing can make a big difference. Give it a try!
I’ve posted before about the benefits of decluttering our physical environment, but those benefits can also be gained by decluttering our relationships. We are significantly influenced by the people around us. Spending time with people who are constantly complaining, leaves me feeling drained. Sometimes, putting a positive spin on a negative comment, or changing the topic can help. If it doesn’t, I will consider having a conversation about how the negative talk is impacting both of us (more stress, weaker immune system…). Failing that, I will remove myself. I make it a priority to surround myself with positive people who make me feel happy and energized.
Take some time to evaluate your relationships to see which ones are having a positive or negative impact on your health and happiness, and then make any necessary changes. You are worth it!
It is anything that we purposely do in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. It is something that replenishes us… something we enjoy doing. It isn’t something we do just once. It is consistent use of many tiny self-care activities.
It is really easy to put ourselves at the bottom of our priority lists. We either feel selfish for wanting to take time for self-care, or we believe that there just aren’t enough minutes in the day. But it is important for us to take time to do the things we enjoy. It allows us to relax, refocus and recharge, so we can live our best lives and be our best for others.
While we can’t add hours to the day, we can re-evaluate our priorities and practice time management. For example, I used to visit the grocery store daily. Now I plan meals a few days in advance, shop once, and do some meal preparation on the weekend so that things come together quickly. This has not only saved me time, but also money.
Decide how you want to spend your “Me” time. Remember, it should be something you enjoy doing, not feel you should do. So while getting up early to fit in exercise is something that I love because it puts me in a great mood and gives me energy for the rest of my day, that might not be your choice.
Once you have created a self-care list for yourself, commit to spending at least 15 minutes a day on you. YOU are worth it!
I was inspired to write today’s post by a recent phone call, late in the day, from my next door neighbour, inquiring if I could spare a cup of flour. Moments later, her daughter showed up, measuring cup in hand, and we made the exchange. I was both surprised and delighted when her daughter again arrived at my door, within the hour, with three, still warm, banana chocolate chip muffins. They were delicious!
This got me thinking about how fortunate I am to have good neighbours. We take care of each other: feeding pets, collecting mail, putting out the trash, watering gardens, dropping off, checking in….
Social connection is really important to our emotional and mental well being: including lowering our levels of anxiety and depression and strengthening our immune system. While we may make time to exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep, we sometimes forget the connection piece.
Connection doesn’t have to involve your neighbours. Perhaps it is a volunteer group you are part of, a running group, or an online community. As long as you feel supported, you are reaping the benefits. Look for opportunities, that work for you, to create those connections.
I will finish with a recipe for Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. It’s not my neighbour’s, but one I use all the time from The Kitchen Magpie. I have used both walnut oil and avocado oil with good results, and it makes 24 muffins if you want to share….