Christmas can be a time that is either extremely busy or very lonely for many. To be honest, it can also be a bit of both. It’s also a time when your time can be taken up by doing things for others. With Christmas shopping and catching up with loved ones, we forget that we also need the time to just…breathe.
I’ve been thinking that this year I really want to enjoy ‘me time’. Since developing anxiety I’ve become more conscious of my own mental health and how to maintain it. I’ve intentionally been learning to say ‘no’ to certain things and ‘yes’ to more things that means I put myself first. Is it a bit selfish? Quite possibly yes, but you know putting your self first at times is great for your mental health.
Let’s take a look at 4 ways I recommend to get that ‘me time’:
Have fun with your skin care and try some new face masks
The weather this time of year can be very harsh on our skin, so it’s important to really take care of it. In the hustle and bustle of life, we can neglect ourselves and our skincare is definitely one to suffer. If you’re looking for an easy and fast skincare routine, then face masks can be a great boost to the skin. Kiko recently sent me a bunch of their new face masks, hand masks, and eye masks from their Mask Parade range and I’ve been loving them. They each have different properties, but I enjoyed the hydrating face mask (especially as it had a panda face on it!). Their hand masks are very nourishing too. These are great masks to try, especially with each mask under £5 I’d highly recommend them!
Enjoy exploring and visit Christmas markets!
If you’re like me, then getting outside and exploring is definitely a great activity to do alone. I love taking walks through parks, and watching the world go by. But I also enjoy visiting new places. I love this time of year as Christmas markets have started to open and the festivities have begun. I love Christmas markets as you can explore the different cultures and everyone just seems to be in high spirits. A couple of Christmas markets I have my eye on are the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market and London Bridge City’s riverside market. The best thing is they’re all free entry!
Find a couple of new books to get into
If you love to read them make time to do so. Take an evening to get stuck into a good book. I’ll soon have my winter book readings on my blog, but I highly recommend you checking out Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Recommended by many including Oprah Winfrey, this is a book that will definitely tug at the heart strings whilst helping you realise the realities of racism, family and love.
Grab a big knit blanket and take a much needed nap
Ahhh – having a nap. That seems like a luxury at times right? But I really do believe that naps can be a great way of relaxing. Especially as they can help you feel rejuvenated and you can also catch up on some much needed zzz’s. Don’t worry about those that say naps aren’t good for you! As long as you’re not napping MOST of the time, it’s all good. Go ahead and indulge – happy napping!
Have you got some other ways of getting that ‘me time’? Let me know below! For more tips on getting more ‘me time’ and switching off check out this post here.
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