Hey guys! And a belated Happy New Year to you all!
At the beginning of 2016 I wrote a list of 16 ways to nurture yourself in the coming year. It was a post I very much enjoyed writing and, looking back, I feel that it really captured the sense of hope I had for myself, my future and my blog at the time.
A whole lot has changed since then, I’ve grown immensely as a person and my life is in a very different stage, but a lot of what I strived for back then remains the same. I do however have some revisions and additions, so I’m reworking that post into, you guessed it, 18 ways to nurture yourself in 2018.
18 Ways to Nurture Yourself in 2018
1. Fight for your own happiness
Don’t let anything come between you and being happy. Stop putting up with people and things that make you sad, frustrated or angry. Find the things that make you smile, laugh and jump for joy, and hold on to them for dear life.
2. Evaluate your sacrifices
We all make sacrifices. Whether yours is seeing less of family and friends, setting aside a particular hobby or spending less time on looking after your mind and body, make a habit of looking up and checking whether what you’re giving up is really worth it. If it is, keep going! If not, think about making a change.
3. Recalibrate your bullshit threshold
It’s easy to keep taking crap from people, especially if it comes in small packages that seem harmless when taken individually. However, if these are sustained over a long period of time and you feel stuck in an unhappy position, take a step back and realise that it might be time to reevaluate how much you are prepared to put up with and speak out against whatever it is that’s bringing you down.
4. Just do it
Spend less time planning and writing lists. Spend more time getting the f**k on with it! 2018 is my year to finally do the things I’ve been wanting to do for the past two years, that I set aside due to the demands of a job I didn’t love.
5. Surround yourself with nourishing people
This is staying firm on the list. Spend time with individuals who make you feel alive, happy and confident. Hold interesting conversation, laugh out loud, share memories and love freely.
6. Eat beautifully
Find your groove in the kitchen, and pack your plate full of fresh, bright, delicious food. Get your friends round, share recipes, enjoy the act of preparing and providing healthy, hearty food.
7. Move your body
Run, skip and jump. Dance until you’re out of breath. Join a gym, pound the streets, take a yoga class. Whatever it is that gets you moving, make it a priority and plan it into your week.
8. Start a gratitude journal
One of the best things I did last year was to start a gratitude journal and it’s had such a positive effect on my mood and outlook on life. I’m becoming used to collecting happy moments, recognising even the tiniest of plusses and now have a record of what’s kept me ticking each day. Here are thirty gratitude journalling prompts to get you scribbling.
9. Make time for self-care
Take a bath, look after your skin, go for a run, prepare a delicious dinner for one. Whatever it is that you can do for yourself, whatever makes you feel good, make time to do that more often this year.
10. Learn to be alone
Enjoy solitude. Make it a priority to spend time by yourself and for yourself. Get in touch with your own emotions and realise that you are enough to make yourself happy.
11. Create a healthy bedtime routine
Enjoy and appreciate the time before bed. Read a book, drink peppermint tea and be grateful for your day. Unwind and unplug.
12. Rise with purpose
After your restful night of sleep, rise with a sense of readiness and zest for life. Set your alarm twenty minutes earlier than necessary and use this time to create your own morning rituals. Write in a gratitude journal, meditate, stretch, make a proper stovetop coffee. Set yourself up for a successful, productive day.
13. Detox from technology
Ban screens and notifications, disconnect yourself. Make room for activities that don’t involve your phone or laptop.
14. Live without clutter
Free up your living space, live simply and without mess. To quote Marie Kondo, “keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.”
15. Bring the outside in
Fill your home with green. Buy yourself fresh flowers every Sunday. Swap cuttings with friends. We live in an ever-advancing society, one that relies more and more on technology and less on the natural world. Combat this by embracing nature and nurturing your green thumb.
16. Meditate and be mindful
Take a few moments out of each day to refocus and be present. If ever you slip up, remember that you needn’t wait until tomorrow to start over. Just sit down, breathe and start again. Here’s a one-minute, emergency meditation routine to start you off.
17. Redefine your dream
Check you’re moving in the right direction by pinpointing your goals and making them a priority. Allow yourself to be flexible and understand that dreams are malleable and always subject to change.
18. Flourish and be
Work on yourself. Never stop improving your mind and caring for your body. Grow and develop continuously. At the same time learn to love the simplicity of existing and being alive. Be thankful for what you have. Live in the moment.
What are your favourite ways to nurture yourself?