Sometimes life can feel messy, overwhelming, simply too much. If you feel like you’re about to enter burnout, it’s a clear sign that you need to find time for yourself… quickly!
When you’re in your menopause, your energy levels might be different than before so it’s even more important than before to do the things that soothe you.
Have you heard about #selfcaresunday? It’s a trend I’m a huge supporter of. It means scheduling time for your glorious self every Sunday. The time to clear your schedule, ignore your phone and pamper yourself. It’s time to nurture your body and mind.
When you have half a day for self-care
- De-clutter your home – time to get rid of all these little items that have been cluttering your home in the last few months. Marie Kondo your place! If you spot anything that doesn’t spark joy, it’s time for it to go. You’ll feel a huge sense of relief once it’s all nice and downsized. When your space is clutter free, so is your mind!
- Go for a walk in nature – find your local park, woodland or beach depending on where you live. It might be a bit chilly out there, so make sure you wear something warm. Walking is be a form of meditation. It moves your body while calming down your racing thoughts. You can listen to a nice podcast, your favourite tunes or enjoy the silence.
- Indulge in a pampering session – it could be at a local spa, but also at home! You don’t need to take a bath if it’s not your thing, but why not do your nails, put a facial mask on, apply your favourite body lotion, why not a hair mask too! If you choose the evening for your self-care session, you can add candles or a glass of wine. As an added bonus, why not grab Meg’s Essentials Collection which contains everything you need to feel better during your menopause – S.W.A.L.K. (Sealed With A Loving Kiss) – premium hyaluronic acid serum, Rosey Rain (colling spray), The New Hot: Taking on the Menopause with Attitude and Style (our best-selling book), Motion Lotion (water-based intimate lubricant) and Blossom Lave (intimate wash).
When you have 30 min for self-care
- Grab your favourite book – whether you’re into crime novels, chic lit, sci-fi, fantasy, self-help or biographies, it doesn’t matter. Take a book you’ve been meaning to read and enjoy its pages for 30 min (if that’s all you have). You can also read articles if you’re not in a mood for a book, or listen to an audio book or a podcast if that’s your preference. Your time, your choice!
- Try a new quick and easy recipe – luckily, the internet is full of dishes suitable for those of us who are a bit impatient. BBC Good Food and Jamie Oliver are good resources. Alternatively, you can be creative and use whatever you find in your pantry, freezer or fridge! Try to use minimal amounts of salt, sugar and spices that might trigger your hot flushes.
- Do a quick 30-min workout – it could be a yoga class, a dance or HIIT workout or a brisk walk outside. A simply stretch is fine too. Anything that makes your body move is great for you.
When you have 15 min for self-care
- Try a short (guided) meditation – you can listen to a Headspace or any other meditation. You can also close your eyes and take deep breaths in and out. Pay attention to each breath and try inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 4 and exhaling for 4. Don’t judge yourself if you get distracted. When you notice your racing thoughts, do your best to go back to the breath.
- Journal about your day – there is something very therapeutic about writing things down. Whether you’re using good old-fashioned pen and paper or a digital journal, this is a great way to reflect on your day, your emotions, your achievements and the things that made a difference that day.
- Listen to a feel-good playlist – music creates emotions. Choose your favourite tracks and immerse yourself in a little sing-along session if you feel like it. You can also dance in your PJs too if this is what your 15-min self-care are calling for.
When you have 1 min for self-care
Okay, I said Self-care Sunday, which suggest you have more time to play with, however, “done is better than perfect”.
- List 3 things you’re grateful for – this simple exercise is a very effective mood booster. Your family, your breakfast, the sunrise, the cup of tea you just had, your children, your cat… It’s hard to be grateful and angry at the same time!
- Do a quick body scan – how are you feeling today? How does your shoulders feel, your back your left leg, your right leg, your hands, your toes? Start from the top and try to cover as many parts of your body as you can in 1 min. They all deserve your attention.
- Do a quick Breast Self-Examination (BSE) – we wrote about this on Wear It Pink Day. BSE is very important because 40% of women detect their lumps themselves. Early diagnosis can save your life!
Self-care Sunday is yours!
Go on, pull your hair back, roll your sleeves up and give yourself some self-care. Remember that before you make yourself others, you need to satisfy your own needs first.