How to Shine in Self-Care this April

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How to Shine in Self-Care this April

Today is my Well-being Wednesday! The first Wednesday of the month where I share my plans for my well-being and self-care for the month ahead. I’ve recently set up a new format for this, you can read more about this here.

Before we get into the details, I would like to tell you about something else. I am on a mission to inspire and encourage people to take care of themselves and invest in self-care. To get involved, request to join my Facebook group, Shine in Self-Care and follow me on Instagram tina_retrainbraintoshine

So looking at each of the categories I’ve set, here’s my well-being update and goals.

Mind

Staying curious and engaged in learning new things. Read for learning, read for pleasure. Self-awareness and self-reflection.

 SS mind

My goal for April is to read more of Self-Love Affair The Self-Love Affair: A Woman’s Guide To A Daring & Mighty Life

Katie Phillips also runs weekly classes on her Facebook page, which is focused on one chapter a week. I started joining the classes before I had the book, so now I would like to go back to the beginning and really go through the process.

I am really enjoying having more time to read, which has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing. In my last blog post in this series, I mentioned Tell Me Something is next on the list, so this is my novel of choice for April.

In March, I took part in a course called Mindset March run by A Happy Mind. Samantha Hearne is a Mindset and Anxiety Coach and her passion and enthusiasm for development is infectious. HUGE THING-she knows what FND is and is sure she can help me sort my head out-whoop whoop! I cried after she said that. Tears of relief. The first person in five years I haven’t had to explain it to. I can recommend the A Happy Mind podcast, available on iTunes or Soundcloud. Sam’s tips and techniques for dealing with anxiety are simple practical and make such a difference to my mindset.

Physical Body

Eat healthy well-balanced meals, drinking plenty of water, exercise, get enough sleep and avoiding harmful habits

Hmm avoiding harmful habits…right well I have let my sugar intake creep up recently. My diet was better last month, but perhaps not quite how it should be. But these things can sometimes take time and that’s fine. I will be continuing to work on this throughout April and really will be an ongoing goal.

As I am writing this, I have my trusty water bottle by my side. Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day will also continue to be a goal.

I am determined to get back into exercise but I do find it a difficult task to do with my health condition. However I know that once it is a regular habit I will feel better. It is about adding it gradually, listening to my body and otherwise looking after my health so increases the chances of coping with exercise. In theory! If it’s as easy as this, maybe I should already have exercise as a regular routine? Well the journey to recovery is not always easy. I am learning more about it all the time, but if become fatigued, there’s no way I can do exercise. April will be the month more progress is made on this goal, I am determined to work it out. Thriving not just surviving!

Soul

The ability to understand the beliefs and values that guide your life. Having a sense that life is meaningful and has a purpose.

Working as blogger and inspiring others is giving me a real sense of purpose. I am receiving positive comments on blog posts, with readers sharing which is a massive compliment. I am also receiving so much back from running Shine in Self-Care. I can’t tell you how many times I felt I shouldn’t be spending time on me. I’ve learnt that not only is it okay but is essential and now I’m inspiring others.

Social

The relationships we have and how we interact with others. Being socially engaged, have a strong social network

I’ve got lots of exciting things in April, that I’m really looking forward to; lunch with friends this Saturday, my husband’s birthday and our anniversary!

Environmental

Taking care of your global environment and your physical surroundings. De-cluttering a room, recycling rubbish and selling or donating items that no longer serve you, can all help your health.

In the month of April-there will be two large bags of clothes, bedding, handbags etc going to a charity shop. These things no longer serve me and I’ll feel so much when they are out of the house.

And there is something else…

I am also attending the Cosmopolitan Self-Made Summit 14th and 15th April.

Cosmopolitan will bring you a packed weekend of celebrity talks; speed networking sessions and interactive workshops all dedicated to empowering you to achieve your #careergoals. 

I am really looking forward to it, as it is a great networking opportunity and there will be lots to learn on building my business and my self-development too.

 

I would love to hear your plans for the month ahead. How will you ensure you look after your wellbeing? Comment below or contact me on social media.

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