Importance of Self-Care & Tips

Self-care is important; physically, mentally and emotionally. If done properly and appropriately it can reduce stress and help you feel relaxed, happy and motivated. Here’s a few of my tips…

Self-care for the mind:

  1. Get rid of the negative from your life; any source of negativity in your life just get rid of it! Whether its people, social media, a job…
  2. Change it up; those who are stuck in a routine are more likely miserable. Walk to work? Change the route you walk. Go shopping every Saturday? Go on a Friday.
  3. Smile and laugh; this releases endorphins (feel good brain chemicals). What’s life without a good laugh; read a joke, watch a comedy, hang out with a funny friend.
  4. Be selfish every so often; say no to others, and do things to make yourself happy.
  5. De-clutter; get rid of all the items you don’t use or want. Yes that means the dress with the tags still on, but you won’t ever wear it. Get rid of it.

Self-care for the body:

  1. Exercise regularly; do at least 30 minutes a week. You can opt for more or less dependent on how you handle the exercise.
  2. Drink more water! Nothing more refreshing than a glass of water, researchers say you should drink 8 glasses a day. But aim for at least 4 glasses. Stay hydrated. This can help you lose weight and keep your skin clean!
  3. Get enough sleep; 7-9 hours each day. Your body can’t provide you the energy to keep going if you don’t let it rest.
  4. Cut down on the caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes. It damages your body in different ways, and relying on those habits lead to health problems. Kick it whilst you can.
  5. Get into a health care routine; keep yourself clean; showers, brushing your teeth; flossing, products for your skin, cutting your nails. If you look good, you’ll feel good!

Self-care for the soul:

  1. Connect with others; preferably positive people who are on the same wave length as you. This should be family or friends that encourage you and care about your well-being.
  2. Plan a break; whether it’s a day out, or a weekend away. Allow yourself time to be alone with your thoughts. Turn off your phone, and enjoy your break.
  3. Set goals and reflect; when you set yourself a goal you’re more likely to achieve it, you give yourself motivation to get it done. Especially when you set a date for the goal. After the set date; reflect. If you didn’t achieve it; ask yourself why? Figure out how to overcome the problem you encountered and set out to get it done. If you did achieve the goal, give yourself a reward you deserve it!
  4. Help someone; even if it’s opening the door for someone, or picking up an item they dropped. You’ll feel like a better person.
  5. Ask for help; that assignment you’re stuck on, speak to your teacher/tutor. It’s good get lean on people and get support sometimes.

So there you have it, my tips for self-care and how important it is to do these. Honestly guy’s if you make sure you do one of these tips a week. I can guarantee you’ll feel better in yourself! Of course self-care works in different ways for everyone, and I could have added a lot more on this post. But I just wanted to get across the main ideas and get you thinking about it.

Enjoy your day, and remember to be happy 🙂
Kayley xo

 

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Lonely Pancakes

The past week I’ve had an intense craving for pancakes. It’s one of the main filling meals I’ve ate which has been quick and easy to make. I tend to have them for breakfast, but you can eat them whenever you want.But because no one else in my house likes pancakes (what weirdos). I’ve had to use and adjust recipes so there’s just enough for me.

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Ingredients;

– 100g self-raising flour

– 1 large egg

– 300ml milk

– A pinch of salt

– Oil or butter for frying

Instructions;

1.) Measure the flour on a scale. Then put it into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Crack the egg roughly into the center of the mix. Whisk together until it makes a smooth mixture, ensure there’s no lumps. Measure the milk in a jug, and pour into the mix. Stir until it is completely smooth.

2.) Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan. Pour the mix into the pan, until you get an overall coverage of the pan (this depends on your preference to thickness of pancakes). Cook over an average heat for 30seconds-1minute.

3.) Using a spatula flip the pancake onto the other side (you may need to top up the oil or butter on the pan). Cook again for 30 seconds-1minute. Slide the pancake off the pan, onto a clean plate. To cook any remaining pancakes repeat steps 2 and 3.

4.) If preparing pancakes in advance, cook and stack the pancakes. Either reheat in the microwave for 1-2minutes, or wrap in foil and put them in the oven for 5-10minutes.

What I love about this recipe is you can eat the pancakes hot or cold. You can cook them in advance; wrap them in foil on the night and then reheat them in the morning for breakfast. It’s a quick and easy recipe that’s enough to make roughly 3 pancakes.

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To make your pancakes different every time you can add these toppings; sugar, lemon juice, golden syrup, fresh fruit, yogurt, chocolate spread, and anything else you can think of.

So that’s all for my lonely pancakes post, if you have questions feel free to message me on social media or my contact page. Or if you use this recipe send me photos of yours.

Kayley xo

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