At this time of year, it’s very common to feel like you could use a pick-me-up. The colder, grey weather, lack of daylight, all those stodgy comfort foods it makes us crave, and drowning in baggy old jumpers isn’t exactly a recipe for feeling good. That’s exactly why you should focus more on self-care at this time of the year. If we don’t look after ourselves, then not only can we begin to feel really run down, but our self-confidence can take a knock. Getting your self-esteem back where it belongs just takes a few little tricks, and before you know it, you’ll be feeling ready to take on the world again…
Get into mindfulness
The global interest in mindfulness has gathered pace over the past few years as a response to the always-on, twenty four hour culture that is becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society. Most of us are extremely busy with work, family commitments, caring responsibilities and more so it’s little wonder our overworked brains are racing along at a million miles an hour. The result? Anxiety, insomnia, muddled thinking and a lack of focus. When we try to do too many things at once, we end up doing them poorly. Instead, more people are taking the time to refocus on being in the present. Using a mindfulness app for half an hour a day can do a huge amount for your mental wellbeing by giving you the chance to re-centre yourself and stop your brain racing.
Refreshing your look
How we look may seem trivial on the surface, but it actually has a huge impact on self-esteem. Our appearance is how we choose to present ourselves to the world and it’s an important form of non-verbal signalling. If there’s a particular issue you feel insecure about but have been avoiding tacking, make this the year you take positive action. For example, if your weight is an issue take baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle by teaching yourself five healthy recipes and aiming to walk for half an hour a day. If you’re down about your smile, it might be worth visiting a cosmetic dentist. If you feel frumpy, book an appointment with a professional stylist to give you a new look which suits your lifestyle. Don’t let change feel overwhelming – break it down into small, achievable things which you can stack up over time.
Spending time outside each day does a lot to put us in a great frame of mind. During the winter, we can tend to hide away inside our snug, heated homes but not getting out and about enough has a huge range of consequences, from low mood and energy caused by a lack of natural sunlight- sometimes known as Seasonal Affective Disorder – to contributing to a sedentary lifestyle that can make us more prone to disease. So wrap up warm and get out and about in nature and you’re bound to feel more positive as a result. Aim for outdoor activity to be a part of your daily routine, whether it’s walking to the local cafe to enjoy a latte or taking a class like yoga in the great outdoors. You’ll be feeling better in no time.
Let me know about your ways to feel refresh and confident in the comments down below!