Self Care

My first half marathon of the year is done, with it being an extra difficult one mentally and physically I now need to take more time to focus on looking after myself. Here are my top ten self care habits that I like to do.

  1. Hot Bath
    Even when I’ve not been running, I sometimes feel tense even if I’ve just got a lot going on Mentally. A hot bath helps me relax. I love adding bath bombs, bubble bars, epsom salts or essential oils to the bath to help me de-stress and unwind.
  2. Read a Book/Watch a Film
    Often combined with number 1. I’m not much of a reader but a few of my favourite books to read or re-read are “The Color Purple”, “The Perks of being a Wallflower” and “Silver Linings Playbook”. My go to feel good films are anything Disney (obviously) like Mulan, Hercules, or The Little Mermaid to name a few favourites. My all time Favourite Film ever in the world is Sister Act (stop laughing) it holds so many good memories for me and can always put me in a good mood.
  3. Pamper
    Sometimes doing your nails, hair and make up just makes you feel good. Clean Hair, fresh nails and make up makes me feel like I am ready to take on the world.
  4. Stretch/Yoga/Meditate
    A good way to connect with your body, listen and understand your body’s needs and give your mind some time to recouperate and focus. Click Here for a previous post on stretching.
  5. Light a candle
    I love a good Candle. Yankee Candles are my favourite. I have a wax burner in my room and love all the different smells you can get. Right now my room smells like a cupcake and I couldn’t love it anymore.
  6. Go for a walk
    I’m quite passionate about a good walk. It gives me time to clear my head and forget about the worries of the day. It’s been a year and a half since I started walking to work daily. Take a look a one of my old posts here about walking.
  7. Do a Hobby
    I love crafting, I love going to the theatre and I love Aerial. If I’m having a tough time doing any of these things for fun can always help me mentally and physically feel my best.
  8. Listen to music
    I created a 12 Hour Musical Theatre playlist, and it’s amazing. I listen to my favourite songs to put me in a good mood.
  9. Clean
    Anyone else find cleaning weirdly therapeutic?  If I have a lot going on up in my head, physically doing something like running is a great way to transfer the tension and release it. Sometimes when I don’t want to run, cleaning has the same effect. Organising and rearranging helps me put order into my life.
  10. Eat
    I love Food! If I want to eat something I will, I have no restrictions in my diet. If my body needs fuel, I feed it good foods, If my body needs comfort food, then that’s what it will get. Sausages, Mash & Peas will always been my favourite dinner.

 

What do you do to take care of your Mental and Physical health? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Mental Health awareness week

Hi All,
Today I’m posting something a little different.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is taking place this week, between Monday May 8 – Sunday 14, so I thought I would talk to you a little about my life and experiences and how my running journey has helped with this.

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2017

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Happy New Year!

I am back blogging, and keeping you updated on my fitness journey. Since finishing the Royal Parks half marathon back in October I have been relaxing from the fitness goals and having lots of fun. I have continued to run and do some aerial but I haven’t had anything to work towards in terms of fitness goals.

My fitness journey last year was challenging but so rewarding and has left me hungry for more, so here I am back to set some goals for 2017.

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Sounds a bit simple right? but sometimes it’s easy to neglect what makes you feel good.

In 2016 my highlights involved spending time with friends and family and making amazing memories. I plan to do so much more of this, because right now I can’t get enough of my friends and family, they are all amazing, they have really made the last year one of my best yet!

I also need to connect with the smaller things that make me happy, a certain song or even visiting a certain cafe, just having time to myself and really connecting with the little things I often take for granted.

The whole reason I started this blog was to track my progress to my first two big races! It was a success and I think I finally caught the running bug, I’ve seen so many benefits mentally and physically that entering races has done for me I thought “why not do a few more?”.

I loved my run in Disneyland Paris and I was jealous of everyone competing in more than one race and doing challenges, so this year as they have introduced a 10k I will hopefully be securing a place to run the two course challenge. Details are limited at this time and bib only places have not been released yet so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a place and will hopefully cross the finish line once again in one of my favourite places on earth.

I will also be trying to get a place for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2017 in Walt Disney world Florida. Its been a long time dream to visit WDW and now I finally have an excuse. Planning for this has already started.

Last year I impressed myself but running continuously for 2:13:34 and getting much better times in both my half marathons than I originally thought I would when I started this blog. This year I would like to get under 2 hours and 10 minutes. I would be chuffed if I could do that.

I want to try a new form of exercise and mix up my work out plan a bit.This might be trying a new aerial discipline or checking out a fancy class in a London Gym, I have a whole year but I’d like to see what else is out there. Maybe review a few classes? Who knows!

I would also like to try some new foods and learn some new go-to recipes.

This past year, I have had difficult times trying to keep my head above water. For the most part I have had an amazing year but there have been times where anxiety has taken over some of the best moments and put a dark cloud over them. I have often been criticised for being too negative so this year like all others I will continue to look on my own person outlook. I think I am a lot more positive than I was 4-5 years ago, I just need to strengthen and maintain this. Mental Health is just as important as Physical Health.

I look forward to connecting with you all via this platform in the next year. Please don’t hesitate to comment below or contact me  if you have a question to ask or advice to give, I’m all ears (mouse ears).

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All about Aerial

What I love most about my current job is the routine of 9-5 Monday to Friday. Prior to this I had always had jobs that were shift work and I could never get into a routine of committing to regular exercise. Now that I have started this new job, I’m finding it so much easier to make time to work out and enjoy it!
In September 2013 I was struggling with what I wanted to do professionally, I took some time to study again but eventually that didn’t work out for me. I was struggling to figure out what I was passionate about. I was given the opportunity to take a 10 week course in Aerial Trapeze.

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