Hello, my friends and welcome to a little self-care talk! Depending on where in the world we live the quarantine time is more or less over. While stores open up again and we start catching up with friends, some of us can’t go on a so much-needed summer vacation this year. If you are sad or even frustrated about the current circumstances then please see this post as a little hug to you. I feel you!
Let’s look on the bright side of life! To cheer you guys up I wrote a little happiness list. Today I want to share some little pleasures of life with you. Things you can do to boost your mood and some of the ideas don’t even cost a penny!
Do A Picnic
Let’s start with an easy one. I feel like we don’t do picnics often enough, even though it’s so easy to make. Pack your favourite foods, a nice blanket and meet with a loved one. You can either have a picnic in nature at a lake, in the woods or even in your own living room.
Create A Fancy Drink
You are stuck at home and think it doesn’t make sense to make your favourite drink just for yourself? No worries you don’t have to drink alone! Plan a zoom cocktail hour with your friends and it will feel almost as if your besties would sit right next to you. Go all in and make the drink look as cool as possible.
Do A Photoshoot
You don’t need a fancy camera to do a photoshoot. Just take your phone and a friend or family member take pictures. You can go to a beautiful spot in nature or get out some pretty clothes, you haven’t worn in years, cause you didn’t have a good occasion. Get all dressed up and then have some fun. Especially when you are not a photo person you will LOVE this! I took a couple of pictures of my sister a few weeks ago and first she was so shy and didn’t know how to pose. But we had lots of fun and after a while, she got confident and really enjoyed it. We had an amazing day and she was surprised at how many beautiful pictures we shot. Even if you feel like you are not photogenic if you end up with just one single beautiful shot of yourself isn’t that way more than you had for years? And believe me, there will be way more than just one!
Find Your Inner Child
What did you love as a child, but haven’t done for ages, because you are a mature grown-up now? Don’t take yourself too seriously, better do something fun. Go to a pony farm and ride a horse, or visit an animal shelter. Build a sandcastle when you are close to a beach. You will be surprised by how much joy that kind of little adventure can fill up your heart.
Plan A Weekend Away
It doesn’t always have to be a long holiday vacation, sometimes just a few days can make wonders. A month ago I’ve spent a weekend in the Netherlands and came back so relaxed and surprised by how amazing it was. Just a few days away can feel like a week and reduce your stress immensely.
Watch The Sunset
Oh, I’m so guilty of this one and should definitely do it more often! The sunset is there every evening, but how often do we really take the time to watch the sunset? You can do it together with a picnic or a nice drink!
Get A Little Helper
Another thing that takes wonders is if you treat yourself a cleaner. You might think: No this is out of my budget and that is okay. But especially when you normally don’t have a helper at home it can be such an amazing thing when you order someone for just a few hours to do a big cleaning. Let them do all the tricky things you dislike: cleaning the windows that are too high, washing the curtains or cleaning whatever just popped up in your head. Oh yes, girl do it! It’s not as expensive as your doubts tell you and will feel way better than it would spend the money on a restaurant visit. Well, you could obviously combine both, just an idea 😉
Take a Walk In The Nature
Always always always a good idea!
Treat Yourself As The Queen You Are
Oh honey, when the spas are closed then create your own self-care wellness routine at home. Do a manicure or a face mask, try out the scrub recipe you saved weeks ago, order that fancy bubble bath and ask your spouse for a massage. There are a ton of things you can do at home that don’t even take long but will make you feel so much better afterwards.
Buy Yourself Flowers
We don’t need a man to do it for us!
Find A Bookstore
Visit an old fashion book store, talk to the owner and buy a book he recommends. Don’t read it at home, go to a park or cafè instead and celebrate the moment as if you would be in a different city.
Buy A Luxurious Gift For Yourself
Treat yourself to something special: a fancy cream, a candle that is normally over your budget but smells delicious or the interior piece for your home you have had an eye on for ages already. Get it.
Create A Picture Book
You might think that there haven’t been so many great adventures lately, but look through your phone and you will find more memories than you expect. Print them out, get some pencils and sit down to make a photo book. It’s fun to do and looking at it will give you such a great feeling, cause you can see your own highlight reel.
What is your favourite summer treat?