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Top Self-Care Tips To Try Today

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Daily life can get very busy. We forget to slow down and focus on ourselves. When you think about self-care your mind usually goes to bubble baths, face masks and manicures. Although these can be a part of self-care there are a lot of other ways to look after your body and mind. We have compiled a few top tips below for you to try.

Drink Plenty Of Water

We all know the recommended amount of water to drink each day is 2.7 – 3.7 liters. However, if you are not in the habit of drinking this amount every day it can be hard to keep on top of it. So instead think about points in your day that you can associate with drinking water. For example, as soon as you wake up drink one tall glass. That’s already half a liter into your daily amount! Then, try and have a glass or two with each meal. In no time you will find you are hitting your target without even trying. You will also start to see the benefits of what hydrating does to your body. Your skin will start to feel more clear, dark circles around the eyes will reduce and you will feel great overall.

Have A Health Check

Self-care is all about being healthy and happy in your body, so if you have been ignoring any aches and pains it’s time to head to your doctor for a health check. It is important that we check out these symptoms just in case, as finding a solution early on is always better than letting it fester and get worse. You should also look after your eye care by getting regular eye tests and upgrading your prescription if needed. Now your body and eyes have been checked over the only thing left is your dental care. Whether you need to get a toothache looked at or visit an invisalign dentist to straighten up your teeth, these are all self-care acts to practice.

Try New Hobbies

Sometimes the best way to practice self-care is by doing something for yourself. If you have always wanted to try a new hobby then why not start one today? Whether it’s yoga, pottery, acting classes or flower arranging, having a weekly class to escape reality and tap into a new skill can really help your mental health and ground you.

Take Time To Reflect On The Day

Life can get stressful. So taking time each day to debrief and come back to earth can really help. Spend five minutes to just sit with your thoughts and reflect, make a note of all the good things that have happened that day and what you can improve on in the future. If you are feeling particularly stressed incorporate a bit of meditation, focusing on your breathing can bring down your stress levels and make you feel calmer. 

For more tips on how to live life to the fullest take a look at 6 Secrets for More Fulfillment In Life.

On Writing: A First Attempt at Self-Reflection.

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As you may have noticed, Finding delight. and writing in general have taken a bit of a backseat for me these last few weeks. Long work days, with long play days (I’m trying to enjoy Summer to it’s fullest while it lasts : ) interspersed as well, fill up my calendar to bursting. I figured this step away would be a great time to reflect on my writing. I strive to continue to grow and remain, as ever, a life-long learner. Here is a current assessment of my writing–

I’ve always felt an intense need to know the stories of others. Perhaps due to some innate, busybody quality so deeply ingrained in my curious person I seek them out without a moment’s hesitation. Or maybe, and this is certainly the more forgiving explanation I tend to hope is true, it is within these narratives I collect that my own story gains meaning. Yet peering down a dark, forgotten alleyway in someone else’s story in search of clues to create your own is troubling.  I once saw a newspaper cartoon sum up the marketability of our stories rather aptly. Two bookshelves were shown in the memoir section of a bookstore–one labeled “People with lives way better than mine,” the other “People with lives way worse than mine.” As a reader, these subsections are comforting. Escapism and reassurance. Self-help and self-congratulation. But as a writer, I end up wondering; how can I tell my own life without touting my privilege or weighing the tragedy I’ve encountered against others’? Will anyone peer around a corner in my life and, startled, run right into themselves?

As I’m seeking to incorporate my own story into my writing much more than ever before, not always as the subject of- but at least the framework for-, I find this familiarity with the stories of others to be both a strength and a weakness. I know how to tease emotion to the front of the page. I have an understanding of what readers find compelling. I am honest. But I worry about relatability. I worry about form and length. And most detrimental, I still believe I can make the words and thoughts of another more beautiful than I can make my own. The reader is my best friend and my greatest enemy. I concern myself with people’s perceptions and approval before the first word hits the page. I’m not going to bullshit and say I would write for no one, that is a lie. I want everything I write to be read. I write FOR readers. In the end, I believe this audience awareness is an asset.

All of this being said, there is no particular aspect of my writing which keeps me awake at night. Yes, I could stand a refresher course in grammar–specifically commas, my writing teacher brother so sweetly pointed out. (I can’t help that I love them.) I have a penchant for writing as if my words will be spoken not read. Sometimes my style is anything but succinct. But I’m not losing sleep over any of these assessments. I know they can be rectified with practice and patience. What keeps me awake at night are my ideas and brainstorms. I lie in bed going over all the directions a topic could go, the sentences that could snap, the sources I could pull from. Even the perfect wording to an email comes to me as I settle in and keeps me restless in the dark for hours. For far too long these thoughts were overwhelming and resulted in little more than daydreams and conversation fodder. But more and more, I am learning to just wake up and write.

In the coming weeks I shall explore what this assessment means for me as a blogger and will attempt to work towards regaining some consistency with my posts. I am working with a Writer’s Group for accountability purposes (which is super nerd-alert exciting for me) and camaraderie. My current goal for the next week is not just to WRITE but to work towards a more organized process. Any writers out there? What are your favorite organizational tips? I’d love to try my hand at some of your ideas or discuss them with my new writer’s crew. : )