"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
- Jean Sinoda Bolen
In today's always-on, fast-paced culture, we don't always remember to make time for nourishing activities. We might find ourselves overcommitting to too many plans, and feeling increasingly frazzled by our busyness.
It's easy for us to get stuck in autopilot mode, not getting enough rest and not making the most of what life has to offer.
Intentionally slowing down and scheduling in self-care activities can help us:
To help you do this, we've designed The Happiness and Mindful Living Planner – a tool to help you plan and evaluate your self-care activities. It's also filled with effective self-help techniques based upon:
Have a spa night: do a face mask (or research how to make your own), paint your nails, have a bath with Epsom salt and essential oil, exfoliate, put on some nice body lotion, and put on a relaxation playlist!
Write a positive review of a restaurant or hotel you really like on TripAdvisor, and add a recommendation or tip for people planning to visit
Create a Thank You Jar for someone who means a lot to you. Think of all the things you're grateful for—things they've done, who they are—write each one on a note and stick it in a jar
Start a Memories Box for someone. Collect items from days out, write notes about the day and give it to them on a special occasion. This is also a great way to prolong memories – you'll love being able to look through it years down the line!
Or, start a Memories Box for yourself and collect items to reminisce over
Explore growing your own food. Check out this beginner’s guide to growing your own veg article and this book. You could also visit your local allotment (find out where it is by calling the council) and ask people for guidance
Organise a work social
Go to a farmer’s market—support local businesses and stock up on organic, fresh, seasonal produce
Go plant or flower shopping
Speak to someone new
Rent an Airbnb somewhere in the countryside
Join a book club
Go to the cinema by yourself
Go to a karaoke night
Spend a day at a museum or gallery
Visit a local farm
Do some gardening
Try out a new sport
Figure out a way to make more money, for example through promotions work, hospitality, extras work or bartending