20 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself | Self-Care Sunday | The Positivity Project

We’ve come to the end of The Positivity Project week! Though the launch is over, we’ll still be creating things together to help you feel more positive. However, you’ll be glad to hear I won’t be publishing a post every day. It was quite fun though, while it lasted! Do you think I should do something like this again, or was it too much to keep up with?

To conclude this week of positivity, Emily decided on Self-Care Sunday. I’ve been looking forward to this one, because I have so much to say about self-care. In this post I will be sharing my favourite ways to take care of myself. However, I did explain more in-depth what self care is in another blog post! I would really appreciate you checking that out. Remember that what works for me may not work for you, because we’re all different. Individuality is the beauty of the human race! Don’t change yourself in hope of becoming ‘perfect’. There’s no such thing. We’re all beautiful in our own ways. As a perfectionist, this is hard news to digest. But over the years I’ve come to terms with it, and I’m trying to accept myself for who I am. And, of course, accepting others for who they are too!

Quite simply, these are the things that I do to take care of myself:

    Sticking to my routine
    Not lying in (kind of links in with the previous one)
    Eating well, but also allowing myself snacks now and then.

Pre-isolation: eating a pizza with some friends as a treat! Why on Earth not?

    Not procrastinating!
    Getting dressed well everyday, to avoid feeling lazy.
    Reading books. The more, the better!

    Spending less time on screens.
    Avoiding social media, only for blog related things.
    Spending time with the people I love.
    Keeping in touch with the people I love when I can’t see them (see yesterday’s post for more on that!)
    Having a bath then putting on cosy PJs

    Reminding myself of my goals and aspirations
    Journaling 
    Allowing myself to scroll through Pinterest and look at inspiring quotes
    Remembering that I can’t please everyone
    Watching Harry Potter while knitting

    Telling myself that self-care isn’t selfish, but it leads to me caring more for other people!
    Practising my cello and usually zoning out because I get so consumed in the music that the outside world no longer matters to me!
    Doing something I enjoyed as a child, like Lego, drawing or colouring (yes I still do those things occasionally)

This is a photo from Monday’s post (Mindfulness Monday) where the prompt was to do some colouring!

    Setting out clothes for the following day

I really appreciate those of you whom have read every single post of mine this week! It means the world – your support is always appreciated. Don’t forget, after reading all of these lengthy posts, to step away from the screen. Though being active online is a huge part of my passion, it’s not always necessary. We need to step away sometimes, and appreciate the moment. There’s no time like the present!

How will you take care of yourself today? After commenting below, will you take a moments rest from social media?

Thank you for sticking by me this week, and sharing with me all of your wonderful positivity journeys. Please show some support to the wonderful creator, Emily, whom without I would be seriously lacking inspiration. Her blog is absolutely stunning, along with her Instagram (click the links if you have time!)

erin x

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15 Ways To Socialise While Social-Distancing (Stay At Home!) | Social Saturday | The Positivity Project

Hello everyone!

Though we can’t exactly go out and meet with people at this time, it is still important to check in with other people. To hear that I would be social distancing for a while came in two waves. The first one was: oh no, I’m going to miss my friends and family so much! I won’t see my cousin on her first birthday. Dad won’t have his planned party. Second one: yes, no crowds! Don’t have to put up with other people’s ignorance or loud voices. More time for reading.

Even before isolation, my most valued socialising was that with characters of books. However, I must admit that I miss my friends. So I like to check in with them! There are many ways I maintain contact with the outside world. I’d just like to share a few of those ideas, in case you’d like to try them for yourself.

  1. Play a video game, like Animal Crossing, and compete online with each other.
  2. Create a collaborative playlist on Spotify, then use a 30 day song challenge to fill it up. 
  3. Video call (or just audio if your wi-fi is bad like mine!)
  4. Want to get in shape? Try a workout challenge but get your best friend to do it with you! Hold each other accountable over text or even video call while working out. 
  5. Reach out to new people on Instagram, then start conversation in their DMs.

  1. Post more on your story, so people know what you’re up to.
  2. Start communication through letters (emails would be the most hygienic way!)
  3. Start communication in a different language! Perhaps write to an overseas penpal, or challenge a friend to learn with you.
  4. Buddy read! Check out online book clubs or even do it with someone you know already.

  1. Netflix parties are really fun, and you don’t have to use your mouth – just type.
  2. Ask random questions to start text conversation.
  3. Plan an event for when isolation is over (but of course don’t book anything)
  4. Start a blog and socialise with people over the Internet.

  1. Begin a competition – who can read the most pages in a day? How long can you study for at a time? Make sure it’s something constructive that will motivate you.
  2. Finally, just phone someone up. Though we don’t do much of that these days, we ought to. Reach out to an elderly family member (or someone who can’t access the Internet!)

Thank you for reading my ideas. Hope you caught some inspiration from them! Don’t forget that today is social Saturday, so try one of them out. Or, like me, just socialise with the pages of books… Anyway to get in touch with other people is really beneficial to your own mental health and theirs. I especially love the question: how are you?

How are you genuinely feeling today? What will you do to get talking with someone this Saturday?

Take care of yourselves! We only have one day left of the launch for The Positivity Project. Tomorrow is self-care Sunday. Hope you join in with me 🙂

erin x

Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Let us both know how you’re staying positive in the comments of this post! Or go a step further and tag us in photos on Instagram.

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5 Things I’m Really Grateful For | Thankful Friday | The Positivity Project

Friday is for being thankful. Let’s take a step back and appreciate everything that has happened this week, even the little moments. I encourage you to write out a list of all the things, big and small, that you are grateful for. In my journal I occasionally write out the little things I’m grateful for, such as: sun shining on to my bed, a livestream starting when I’m on Instagram or having the exact amount of sugar left in a bag when I’m baking (weird but instantly satisfying). In this post I’d like to write the big things I would like to show more appreciation towards:

1) The NHS

Clearly we have the health service to be immensely grateful for at this time. Without them, our country would be in pieces. While we are all insanely terrified at home, these people are still going into work every day. Even before the pandemic, I always recounted to myself how lucky I was to have free healthcare. It’s brilliant that we have this service, and now more than ever we need to support it!

2) Food 

Luckily, my family have always had enough to support themselves. I can’t ever remember a meal time where I’d go hungry. It’s truly a blessing. Though I am greedy sometimes, I have always wanted to give up my meal for someone who would better appreciate it. Since we can’t go out, we can’t donate physical food to local food banks. However, just look through some fundraising sites! You can donate money to charities who will buy food for the less fortunate. If that isn’t available to you, just appreciate your next meal or snack. Really savour it and think to yourself how lucky you are.

3) Clean Water

I really take for granted the fact that I can drink clean water without hassle: just turn the tap on and it’s there! In my shower, sink and bathtub I have clean running water. It’s so necessary to my daily life yet so under-appreciated. 

4) Family

For my whole life I’ve never been alone. Behind me I have a supportive family. Now, more than ever, I’m really glad to have company (though sometimes other people can be a hindrance XD). Even my friends act as family, which I really appreciate. Without them I’d go insane! For those of you that are alone, I want you to know that you’re also not alone. There are many people in your situation! Try to reach out over the Internet and start a conversation and I promise you will feel better. Though it may seem, not everyone is out to make you unhappy. See the light in things, you know?

5) Soap

Quite weird and random, I know. But having the products to clean myself and my clothes with is really important to me. I know people who don’t have enough of these things and that makes me so grateful to have it. Things like a washing machine, or even as simple as shampoo. I can have a shower as and when I choose. I can wash myself with soap and shampoo. I can even moisturise when I step out the shower. These little things are so big in other people’s eyes, and puts into perspective my greed. I just take this stuff for granted because I’ve never done without (apart for a week’s camp which didn’t have any showers, just portaloos. Surprisingly I would like to have that experience again!)

Here’s the completed rainbow! I created then stuck it in my window, as a way of saying thank you for the hard work the health service are putting in at this time.

Hope you’re all doing okay! It’s really hard to put yourself together in these difficult times. To even have the energy to get up and write this post is a miracle. I’ve been in a self-isolation/Easter chocolate coma for the past week! Take care of yourselves, and don’t forget to live in the moment (easy way to do this is switching off social media and the news for a bit. Try reading a book or getting on with an old hobby!)

What are you grateful for today? What small things have made you smile?

Make the comment section a collection of happiness for anyone feeling a bit low!

erin x

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Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Let us both know how you’re staying positive in the comments of this post! Or go a step further and tag us in photos on Instagram.

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Be Thoughtful This Thursday | Letter Writing, Baking & Showing Someone You Care | The Positivity Project

Now we’re making it to the middle of the week, why not take some time for someone else? Though self-care is really important, you might be about ready to treat another person with all the mindfulness you have learned this week thus far. Today I decided to write a letter out my friend. During this isolation period I haven’t been able to see them, but have started communication through letters to remain contact. It’s much more sentimental than a text, and requires more time which makes it more thoughtful. Today, if you have the time, I recommend you reach out to your friends or family through a letter. It will always be much appreciated and to receive a letter makes someone feel happy! I always feel overjoyed when I hear the ring of the letter box. An older person in particular, who is alone at this time, will find great comfort in letter writing. 

Here’s the cake I baked for my dad’s birthday this year!

How are you going to show someone you care today? Bake a treat for your family, or writing an email to a friend you haven’t spoken to for some time?

Wherever you are, I hope you’re safe. Please talk to other people (to keep your sanity and their’s) but of course, stay at home!

erin x

What Are These Daily Posts For?

Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. Let us both know how you’re staying positive in the comments of this post! Or go a step further and tag us in photos on Instagram.

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Take Care Of Yourselves, It’s Wellness Wednesday! | The Positivity Project

Somedays, all we want is to eat junk and watch telly. But afterwards do we actually feel too good? Today’s ‘challenge’ is wellness. I’m going to try and be a little bit healthier, by not eating loads of my Easter chocolate today. And, keeping to Government regulations, I’m going out for daily exercise. Usually this is a walk with my family but I’m also doing a workout each morning, along with daily yoga. Only since isolation have I been doing this much exercise and I suppose it has benefits. It can be a struggle to wake up and get my workout done, but it’s worth it! If you’re looking for something to try out, I recommend:

Chloe Ting

MadFit

Lucy Wyndham Read

Yoga With Adriene 

Joanna Soh Official

Here’s my go-to breakfast, porridge with banana! It’s really delicious and super good for you.

How are you going to stay healthy today? Will you have a nice homemade meal, or try a workout?

Hope you’re all okay! Don’t feel pressure to be healthy all day every day. We all have down days, and we sometimes need to acknowledge that. Sometimes the right thing for our minds is to just sit back and survive. Being alive is enough, you don’t need to be productive! Taking care of yourself is not baths and spas, it’s being mindful and doing what you need.

erin x

What Are These Daily Posts For?

Throughout these difficult times, a group of my friends on Instagram decided to form The Positivity Project. Created by Emily, this project aims for people to be more happy even in the most difficult circumstances. To launch this project, I will be posting every single day this week: updating you on the recent prompts and how to complete them. I would like you to head on over to Emily’s blog (and Instagram) because she is the amazing person who create this idea. If you are to complete anything I prompt you towards, or just something positive, let me know in the comments. Or take it a step further and tag me in a photo on Instagram! (@kittyjadeblog)

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