With the fast-paced lives we all lead, I think it’s safe to say that the standard response most of us give when asked “How are you doing?” is something along the lines of… “Oh, I’m so busy, it’s just crazy at the moment”.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Do you hear it all the time? Is it your standard response to these sorts of questions?
It’s completely normal – we all live our life at a million miles per hour, cramming in work and trying to mix in social elements, as well as hobbies, passions or part-time projects to boot.
Technology now also provides us with an entire underworld, a chance to live a separate life as an alter ego through a blog or social media platform, we can “stalk” the people around us with ease and connect with them at the touch of a button – we rarely switch off, some of us even go to bed still tapping away at that virtual life when there’s time to do so.
Sometimes even I have to remind myself to stop, switch off and do things for myself.
How often do you simply indulge in the pleasures within your own life? What are those simple pleasures? Do you need to think about that a little too long as you read this post? When was the last time you actually treated yourself to something that makes you happy (no matter how small it may be)?
I recently read a post written by Daniella from www.alittleopulent.com and www.dotabouttown.com on doing more of what makes you happy and she had designed some stunning (and downloadable) hand lettered artwork stating this boldly. She got me thinking, I probably don’t do things for myself as much as I should… I always tell myself I’m going to, but I usually find an excuse for not doing so.
Here are just some of the little pleasures in my own life – perhaps they will inspire you to take action and pamper yourself deservedly too:
Take a holiday ▽ Go to a live gig ▽ Enjoy a coffee in a favourite coffee shop ▽ Make the bed & get back into it for a sneaky lay in ▽ Call a friend & catch up ▽ Watch a box set & get addicted ▽ Prepare a favourite meal just yourself & set the table for one ▽ Get in the car & take a random road trip ▽ Go camping & play roadside bingo to pick up food from the stalls on the way ▽ Visit a beach and look for heart shaped stones ▽ Visit a spa ▽ Ask your friends for their favourite music of the moment & compile a playlist ▽ Go Geocaching ▽ Create your homemade spa treatments if on a budget ▽ Go to the cinema alone and enjoy hogging the popcorn ▽ Aim to read 10 pages of a book per day – no more excuses ▽ Go for a walk with a camera and snap away at your surroundings ▽ Try some Radical Self Love with Gala Darling ▽ Curl up under a blanket with a magazine and a bar of chocolate ▽ Paint your nails ▽ Pluck & Preen (yes, sometimes I forget to allow time for this maintenance tut tut!) ▽ Find some new favourite bloggers & get inspired ▽ Take a pen to paper and plot some plans ▽ Make tea in your favourite teapot, add some fresh flowers or a candle to a tray & turn a tea break into a ceremony ▽ Clean your home room by room – don’t let it stress you out, bite sized cleaning is a perfect solution ▽ Book a holiday or mini break ▽ Try meditating (download an app to help you) ▽ Write a letter to a friend or the love of your life ▽ Explore a new city ▽ FaceTime with a loved one rather than call (video can make it much more fun) ▽ Explore your own home town/village (I recently discovered a stunning ruined church on my boyfriends’ doorstep, he had no idea it was there) ▽ Drink lots of water (it’s so easy to forget!) ▽ Enjoy some puppy cuddles – they’re some of the best kind! ▽ Do a good deed ▽ Match a meal to your favourite film for a fun themed evening ▽ Put fresh linen on your bed – best smell ever! ▽ Try a new sport (Roller Derby anyone?!) ▽ Get dressed up with nowhere to go (why do you need an excuse?!) ▽ Say YES more – you never know where it will lead ▽ Write down the first 101 things you’ve been wanting to do – then do them ▽ Volunteer ▽ Jump in a puddle – yep it really still is fun! ▽ Go for a run ▽ Say no a little more ▽ Get a tattoo ▽ Tea & Toast makes the world a better place ▽
What could you do more of to make you happy this year?