Finding value in The Self-Care Project

In December, my first ever self-care box from Blurt arrived. I had ordered it because it included the recently-published The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy, the Founder and CEO of the Blurt Foundation. The Self-Care Project describes itself as a book on “how to let go of frazzled and make time for you”. If I’m honest, I’m not sure that I had this mastered by the end of the book. But I think if Hardy was reading…

What did I learn in my first week offline?

Inspired by Dave Erasmus‘ experiment in ON+OFF Grid living, I decided to have a year (mostly) offline. Here is an account of my first week. Day one No internet connection. No landline. To the last, my phone company have been the definition of efficient. If, and when, I go back online, I will have no hesitation in using them again. But, for now, I am trying to adjust to my first week offline. I had imagined embracing…

Was there an easier way to achieve offline balance?

If you’re a regular reader then you will know I’m at the beginning of a year (mostly) offline. So when I saw Tanya Goodin’s book, Off: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life, I had to read it. Goodin’s book takes a much more gentle approach to digital detoxing than my year offline. But it is no less effective for that. The strategies Goodin offers enables the reader to put boundaries around online time and the book…

No internet? What will I do now?

About a month ago I cancelled both my landline and home broadband. Tomorrow I’ll wake up and there won’t be any internet. I had been feeling quite excited about the prospect of my year offline but, as it edges ever closer, I am beginning to feel a little nervous! I spend a lot of time online. Take the last few days for example. I have watched through both series of The Crown with my mum, fitting it…

101 self-care ideas to inspire happiness now

Self-care ideas that won’t cost you anything Take an online course: There are some great free courses online that cover topics around wellbeing such as  Maintaining a mindful life, Literature and Mental Health and Existential Wellbeing Counselling Spend ten minutes tidying Get creative with your gratitude practice Control your inner critic Set yourself a challenge: There is a calendar of challenges organised by month. Setting yourself a challenge can be great for your confidence as I have found…

How will you begin your 2018 reading challenge?

Reading is a proven form of self-care. One study found that book readers have a 28% greater likelihood of reporting very good or excellent health compared to non-readers (1). Another reported that reading for as little as six minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 68%, slowing your heart beat, easing muscle tension and altering the state of mind. (2) So why not set yourself a reading challenge to encourage the formation of this positive wellbeing…

The benefit of booking in time for you

One of the advantages of therapy is that it forces you to take an hour a week for yourself. But if this is the only time for ourselves that we set aside then we are missing out. I first realised this when my therapist began to get strict with me about working in between sessions. I was spending so much time trying to “work out” emotional puzzles, and living in moments of past pain, that I was…