I think we can all agree that in times like these where there is so much uncertainty it is so easy to be consumed with everything going on around you that you lose focus on yourself.
Here are 5 things that have helped me thougout these times to feel more grounded, confident and content.
1. Learn Something New
Learning a new skill or trying something new is something that is both fulfilling and makes you feel good. It could be a new love for upcycling, working on the garden or like me attempting to learn a new language. I throughout lockdown have been working full time still from home but taking 15 minutes a day just to learn something different keeps your brain working and gives you a new hobby or skill.
2. Get outside
This is the best way to clear your mind and kind of press a rest button. If your working from home it’s a chance to get out of the house and switch off from your laptop. Be it just sitting in the garden, going for a walk or even a bike ride, for instance. I found myself going on a fair few rides while lockdown was entirely in place. I found the roads were, of course, empty so it gave us a chance to go on long rides and see new places and any form of exercise helps you both physically and mentally.
3. Give yourself a summer glow
It has to be said having a summer glow does help you have a spring in your step (well it does for me). While I love to sunbathe it isn’t good to lay in the sun for too long as we, of course, all know, so a helping hand from a good fake tan is always a bonus. I had wanted to try Isle of Paradise products from Boots for such a long time, and these two are just perfect. I can assure you there is no biscuit smell, no streaking and no staining your sheets. The fake tan for face is such a winner for me a few drops in your moisturiser, and you’re done. Then you have the hydro serum that glides on the skin and absorbs so fast, so no awkward penguin arms flapping to dry yourself off around the bathroom.
4. Pick up a good book
It goes without saying no matter how young or old you are a good book can transport you to somewhere else. It allows you to put the phone down and be whisked away in a story; it is also a perfect way to keep the mind active and content. Next on my list is ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ but if you have any other good reads do let me know as I am always ready to dive into a good book.
5. Connect with loved ones
More now than ever, when we have had to be distant from our friends and family physically, it has been ever more pressing to connect with the people you care about. Phone calls, Zoom, a walk in the park. All of these ways help us stay in touch. If I learnt one thing over these last few months is not to take anyone or time for granted I sadly lost someone, my grandad recently and like so many could not hug or show how much I loved him in a usual way. But by calling, popping shopping to his door and keeping up that contact, it helped us both through such an alien time and kept us close.
So be it topping up a tan with some incredible products to make you feel fabulous or it’s getting lost in a book or on a walk I urge you to take time and think of you and how to feel content and confidence in not just times of uncertainty but every day.
*This post is an advertisement feature with Boots UK but all thoughts are my own