The last month has been preeetttyy stressful. I am still recovering from my knee injury & doing a lot of painful physio, I have been writing a dissertation & revising for my final uni exams and I am planning and hoping and thinking about what I want to do for the rest of my life. All of that has culminated in a few sleepless nights, WAY too much caffeine and a lot of frantic phone-calls to my friends.
But during the stress of the last month, I’ve realised how important it is to just take a moment…and breathe. Self-care is such an underrated necessity for busy people, but it is a necessity. To combat the tension I have been extra-super-dooper nice to myself. I’m not *usually* very good at doing that. I am a bit of a pusher – I push myself to revise, to work, to get up, to do my exercises, and I push myself until I break. That strategy hasn’t worked too well lately, so I decided to switch it up and be kind to myself. If I needed to have a break, I had a break. If I needed to have a night off, I took it off. If I was ill, I didn’t go into uni.
I’ve been surrounding myself with flowers and love. Spring is in the air, and the flowers are blooming. An afternoon whiled away with a book and a cat on my lap. Cuddles with my gorgeous puppy, Stanley. Smiles and laughter and friends and family. A trip to the cinema. All these things make life’s stresses seem small and conquerable.
So if you are feeling ever so slightly stressed tonight – take a break. Stick a movie on, read that book you’ve been wanting to pick up, have a bubble bath, light a candle. Do whatever you need to do to make you feel good again. Surround yourself with flowers & love. 🙂