” Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing comes when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as you would sunshine.” ~ Melodie Beattie.
After what can only be described as a pretty rough December I left 2016 feeling pretty deflated and in some desperate need of me time. So on New year’s eve when trying to decide on some New year resolutions and feeling exhausted I thought what would be better than spending 2017 looking after myself and not in the usual I will eat healthy and lose weight way. Instead I thought why not really look after every inch of myself specially my mental health, so instead of just self caring when I have already burnt out, why not self care regularly to stop me burning out and getting sick. No excuses, no I don’t have time or its selfish, time for me because I’m worth looking after. So I pulled my diary out and wrote 52 weeks of self-care in bright red pen, every Sunday that way I would have no way of forgetting.
One of my new year resolutions is to read 20 books in 2017, not a massive number, but reading is something that I absolutely love but never spend any time doing because I feel guilty and not working. Only three weeks into the new year and I’m onto my third book already, I have been going bed one hour earlier than normal every single night and getting cosy with a book and its been absolutely blissful, getting lost in a book allows me to fall into a deep sleep filled with lovely dreams. The first book I read was Jojo Moyles, me before you, I am yet to watch the film but if it’s anything like the book I will be absolute floods of tears. I could barely put it down, I have carried it everywhere and read it in my car before work, on my lunch break and while waiting for doctors appointments. During these times I would normally be, being nosy on social media or checking my emails so it has been lovely not to be consistently reaching for my phone. I am an absolute sucker for a good love story and this was an epic love story, just recently I have been starting books and not finishing them so it was really satisfying to actual get to the end of a book. The second after I finished it I moved straight onto, after you the sequel to me before you, not as good as the first book, it took me a little while to get into it but eventually I did and really enjoyed it, I enjoyed the anguish and the unknown.
I’m pretty sure if I can carry on at this right I will have read 30 books by the end of the year and that’s amazing, I’m truly enjoying spending time every single day to do something I absolutely love and being swept away by characters and places in times past and present. So why not find an hour every day to do something you love, turn the television off for a hour, go bed an hour early, have a super look hot bath and just enjoy time for yourself. Sixty minutes out of 1440 is so little, yet most of us feel so guilty, 60 minutes still leaves you with 1380 and that’s plenty of time.
What are you reading at the moment? Do you have any recommendations?