Self Care Challenge Day 13: Friendships

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Thirteen

Hey Lovely Person!

Let’s get social!

We have talked a lot about being busy and improving work/life balance, and an important part of that is making and maintaining friendships.

We all need friends, it’s part of the human condition, and without connections with others we feel lonely.

In this instance, technology is a double edged sword: It’s easier than ever to keep in touch through texts and social media, but the quality of the contact is very much watered down.

So your task today, is to contact a friend. Either ring them for a chat, or arrange to meet for a catch up.

If you haven’t contacted someone for a while yes, you may feel awkward at first, but a genuine apology and then showing a real interest in their life will get the ball rolling again.

Many friendships can survive a period apart, what’s important is you don’t let anxiety stop you taking that step, and I bet soon you’ll be chatting away like it was only yesterday you last spoke!

So take a look in your contacts list, and give it a go. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Remember to explore your feelings in your journal.

Stay tuned for Day 14.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Self Care Challenge Day 12: Health Check Up

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Twelve

Hey lovely person!

Today is a practical but really important task: today you are going to give yourself a physical health check.

If you don’t know what a physical health check is, it’s something like when your car has to have annually to check it’s roadworthy. All the main bits are checked – tyres, oil, electrics…oh, I don’t know! But it gives your car the once over and sorts out any problems to make sure its safe.

So what about you? Have a think about if you’re due for:

  • Dental check up
  • Eye test
  • Cervical smear
  • Blood pressure

 

Get your diary out and get it booked now. I mean it. Now. No excuses. Make it happen. It’s basic self care.

Joking aside, these are things that often we keep meaning to do but keep putting off, and putting off and putting off, but can LITERALLY save your life.

You don’t like having a smear done? Well guess what – no one does, but it’s a few minutes of being uncomfortable and could save your life.

A serious subject yes, but an important one.

Get booking 😛

Stay tuned for Day 13.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Self Care Challenge Day 11: Tea

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Eleven

Hey lovely person!

Here we are Day 11, time is ticking – the end is near!

Today we are going to talk about TEA! Tea is life! J + I always tea together, its the best thing ever.

Below are some benefits of drinking tea.

Tea contains antioxidants

Antioxidants work to prevent the body’s version of rust and thus help to keep us young and protect us from damage from pollution.

 

Tea has less caffeine than coffee

Herbal blends have no caffeine, while traditional teas have less than 50 percent of what typically is found in coffee. That means you can consume it without those pesky effects on your nervous system, says Leslie Bonci, nutritionist and owner of Active Eating Advice.

 

Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke

“There’s a lot of literature out there on tea and heart health,” says Anna Ardine, clinical nutrition manager at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “This is a health effect for which there is the strongest evidence.”

In fact, a study published earlier this year that combined data from a host of earlier reports found a nearly 20 percent reduction in the risk of heart attack and a 35 percent reduced risk of stroke among those who drank one to three cups of green tea a day. Those who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 32 percent reduction in the risk of having a heart attack and lower levels of LDL cholesterol.

 

Tea may help with weight loss

Research on this isn’t as strong, Ardine says, adding that studies that have shown an effect have depended on consumption of large amounts of tea, often in pill form.

 

Tea may help protect your bones

Data from recent animal studies has shown that green tea may prevent bone loss.

 

Tea may keep your smile bright

“Japanese researchers have found that tea can decrease tooth loss,” Ardine says. “It changes the pH in your mouth when you drink it and that may be what prevents cavities.” Beyond that, tea, unlike many other beverages does not appear to erode tooth enamel, Bonci says.

 

Tea may boost the immune system

Studies have shown tea can tune up immune cells so they reach their targets quicker.

 

Tea may help battle cancer

Studies on this are currently mixed, which means more research is needed, Bonci says. But, in the meantime, “if you’ve got a strong family history of cancer and you want to do anything you can, you might increase your tea consumption,” she adds.

 

Herbal tea may soothe the digestive system

“Herbal teas, in particular chamomile, can be good for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic,” Bonci says. “And ginger teas can calm nausea.”

 

Tea — unadulterated, that is — is calorie free

“It’s a great no-calorie alternative to water,” Bonci says. “It provides so many options for flavor and versatility. You can have it hot or cold. And you don’t have to put anything in it, though you might want to add a cinnamon stick or some ginger. That means you’re able to hydrate with something other than water alone.”

Your task for today is to experiment + try a new tea. Stroll down to your local supermarket or even go to your closest tea store (it’s a bonus bc you’ll even get outdoors) & purchase a new tea.

This is my most favourite one: http://www.t2tea.com/en/au/tea/herbal-floral-tisane/relax-loose-leaf-gift-cube-T140AE025.html

Stay tuned for Day 12.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Care Challenge Day 10: Books

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Ten

Hey lovely person!

Is it day 10 already? Where does the time go?

When was the last time you read a book for pleasure?

I love books, I love to read and my bookshelves are stacked with books I’ve bought and not read yet.

Why is that?

Well for me, it’s because of technology. I find in the evenings I can get lost down a social media rabbit hole, emerging hours later, blinking at the clock and thinking ‘what just happened?’. Youtube & Instagram are the WORST for me – what are the ones you are stuck on?

And reading in the day, even on an ‘official’ break seems so decadent!

There are 2 things we’ve looked at on this challenge already which might help you with this – lunch break from day 3 and Amish hour from day 2.

So to get you started on reading just for pleasure, today I want you to start a wishlist for books.

Start a reading list, and find at least 5 books that appeal to you, and then get the one that looks the most interesting.

I have a one hour train ride to work + an hour train ride back – this gives me ‘me time’ to read a book. I am reading a great one at the moment called ‘You are Enough’ best book on self confindence + self imagine + self love.

You’re going to LOVE tomorrow task, it’s all about relaxation and stress relief.

Stay tuned for Day 11.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)