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Major Slump…

Since this year started I’ve been feeling like I’ve lost myself quite a lot and become too Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 15.29.21emotionally dependant on the bloke. He’s my best friend, he’s my partner, he picks me up when I feel down, he literally picks me up if I fall down. However, I’m not just half of him, I’m a whole me! When we row and he’s being a dick I’m utterly gutted, like my the world has ended. Enough, get a grip woman!

I Want To Be These Things Again…

Independent, organised, focussed, ballsy, well presented in my grungy urban way and interesting. I’m still all of these things, there’s just not much evidence of it anymore! I’m striving to get myself back before I become a total co-dependant mard arse!

My excuses…

When I’m tired and/or fatigued it’s nice to stay in with the bloke to Netflix and chill.

When the weather is crappy it’s nice to stay in with the bloke or my folks and friends and Netflix and chill.

When it’s cold it’s easy to wander around the house in a belted Slanket and fluffy slippers – don’t judge until you try.

When I’m having a particularly bad memory and/or concentration day a fun thing can be a real task. That task can be a lot more difficult than anticipated and either exhausting, annoying or both.

What do I actually do? I’m not a parent or home owner or even renter, I just inhabit peoples spaces. I don’t have a pet or a job or anything to study. I’ve majorly lost the creative streak I’ve always naturally had. So what then? I blog therefor I am? *eyeroll*

Not wanting to quietly spend time by myself because the back room is too cold/dark/small/not containing anyone else.

Positive Changes…

I bought a Filofax organiser and I’m keeping track of absolutely everything in it, Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 16.37.02including my moods and lovely little things that have happened.

I bought novels of different genres and started reading a chapter or two of a book every night before bed. It’s such a nice change to not be staring at a screen for my entertainment.

I bought an anti-art journal with silly and creative prompts.

I’ve started using my own journal again to record memories and stick things in things like ticket stubs etc.

I’ve started doing my ‘daily’ exercises again and have a lot more energy as a result.

I’ve started choosing an outfit everyday, rather than just grabbing yesterday’s hoodie and tee off the chair.

I’ve been buying fresh flowers – they make me so happy!

I’ve been getting up earlier and getting some sunlight on my skin by going to the shops or for a walk.

I’ve finally started to use my Ninja Bullet for smoothies and not just because everyone said they wouldn’t store it unless I actually used it. I’ve not made a huge mess or dropped it or arsed it up in anyway!

I’ve got myself back on the council housing list and I’m actively bidding for flats.

I’ve had a huge sort through of my stuff and got rid of loads of books, DVD’s, random stationary and old beauty products and makeup, meaning there will be a lot less to pack when I move.

Daily Self Care To Do List

  • Make bed
  • Serum then facial oil
  • Oil ends of Hair
  • Smoothie
  • Check social media and Emails
  • Exercises
  • Quick Tidy and/or Clothes Washing
  • Food Shop with an evening meal in mind, even if it’s a free-from ready meal.
  • Spend a few hours alone at some point – voluntarily!
  • Exercises
  • Water Plants
  • Fill in Journal/Organiser
  • Check Calendar for any appointments the next day
  • Cleanse and apply retinol face cream
  • Handcream
  • Read

I know it sounds so simple but it’s made such a difference in just a fortnight! Much better than wandering around aimlessly trying to be productive but feeling a little bewildered or sitting on my butt with my head in Facebook. I feel more energised, presentable and more like my old pre-Winter self again!

What have you got that motivates you to take care of yourself throughout the day, week or month?

Chrissie ❤

 


13 responses to “The Self Care Improvement Plan – Emotionally, Physically and Mentally!”

  1. Quirky Little Planet Avatar

    This is a great plan. I’ve been feeling a bit like this too.

    I think the longer daylight hours help, especially when I’m stuck at a desk far from a window 9-5.30 every day, at least its light when I go home.

    You’ve reminded me that I really need to adopt some sort of skin care regime!

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      Ha, I have? The daylight is a great motivator! I remember what it was like to go and return from work in the dark and it was so depressing. I think it’s so easy to get lazy and complacent, which makes you feel worse quickly – hence some exercise. What do you do to stay in shape and motivated?

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      1. Quirky Little Planet Avatar

        I do go to the gym when I can be bothered and am trying yoga classes, although I need people to keep me motivated! >_<

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      2. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

        I’ve heard yoga classes are meant to be better for your overall health than any other exercise. I like how you can start off very simply and work your way up – although I know what you mean about motivation!

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      3. Quirky Little Planet Avatar

        Yeah I must admit I do like that it focusses on both body and mind.

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  3. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy Avatar
    Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy

    I feel like so many of us are in the slump right now. Oddly enough keeping up with my skin care routine has helped a bit for me.

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      I think because we are getting into a nice routine, one that’s a little pampering and feeling like we are at least taking care of your wellbeing, even if we don’t have certain other stuff together lol

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  4. L.C. Chiasson Avatar
    L.C. Chiasson

    I’m so glad that you’ve found a way to dig yourself out of your slump. It must be that time of the year, because I’ve been feeling it, too. I feel very much similar to you when it comes to my husband and when I raised my concerns over my own career future he said I should look to who I am in conjunction to others. What about me?! Why can’t I just have something that is just me, myself, and I?
    Sunshine is always a helper. So is clean spaces and, yes, fresh flowers (even though I cheat with fakes because my cats eat even those).

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      They eat fake flowers hahaa?! When I had the option of working (long story) people often said I’d be good as a counsellor/therapist or dealing with people who are in need. I said I have empathy for friends yes but I would never want every work-day to revolve around other people who are looking to me for help as it would be relentless. This is an odd time of year yup! xx

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  5. Haylee Avatar

    I hope you get out of your slump soon – great to hear you’re making progress 🙂
    I’m with you in the fresh flowers – even a 99p bunch of daffodils brightens the mood! And having a plan, even if you don’t stick to every part, is definitely a good way to stay focused. I understand how you feel though, especially when it’s horrible weather, it’s easy to become demotivated. Slankets rock though! 😉

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  6. sixdegreesofharmony Avatar

    I love this. When a task seems insurmountable, break it down. And you’ve proved that it works! Well done x

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      Thanks! I wrote a whole post on that a while back, including concentration probs and time managment, when I was faced with decorating for Christmas. It really does help so much!

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