Ladies and gents,
I’m back. Apologies for my little hiatus last week.
To be honest I so wanted to write a post but I was preparing for a really important photo shoot with a really important publication and I could’t fit everything in (All will be revealed in due course 😉 ) It was either going to be write a short rubbish blog post or just don’t post at all. I would rather write good posts that I have taken the time to sit down and prepare. There is no point in half baking a blog post, so I didn’t.
I’m bringing you a blog post with a twist today. I’m being a bit more human (Yes I’m aware that I’m not a robot….but still!)
Have you noticed our lovely new logo as well. What do you think?
Anyhoo, this week I think I need to address something that happens all to often in life and as someone who has experienced this, I feel like I need to actually try and offer some help. I speak to so many people on a day to day basis that tell me how crappy life can be. The truth is that for most it wasn’t always like that but lately things have taken a dip and they just can’t seem to pick things up again.
What’s the ‘I’m feeling myself’ wagon?
The easiest way to describe it is to think about the times where even though life may not be 100% perfect, there are times when you just appreciate yourself and who you are as a person. You’re happy on the inside and as a result you take pride in your appearance. You spend a little extra time putting on your makeup or grooming your hair. You love the person that’s staring back at in the mirror with all of their faults, flaws and maybe even dysfunction. Those thighs may wobble and that smile might not be straight but its a beautiful sight nonetheless and that my friends, is the definition of ‘feeling yourself’. It’s great when you can get it. That feeling is amazing but in reality, so many people have it for such a short period of time that in my opinion its important to learn how to find that feeling as often as you can.
There are a range of activities that you can do to bring yourself back into that state of happiness and just straight up ‘ feeling yourself’ (Beyonce style)
Here are 5 tips for you.
#1 It’s the Small Things
Do something that you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be costly or extravagant in fact I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved a hot shower. Sometimes when I’m not feeling myself I go and take a long, hot extended shower. I appreciate the alone time away from the world. I like to be alone with my thoughts. If I want an extra pick me up sometimes I light candles in the bathroom and play some tunes. It helps me to piece everything together again and I find water quite therapeutic. Spending time with people you love (or at least like) can definitely lift your spirits too.
#2 Watch a funny movie & Eat Some Good Food
Have you ever heard the saying “Laughter is good for the soul!”. I have no idea who said it but I hear it a lot and I believe it to be true. Sometimes it’s a good idea to invite some good company over as well. Everyone needs a cheer-up squad. Sometimes that might just be a blanket and some popcorn. You also need to try and eat some good food. I’m sure there’s some scientific reason…something to do with endorphins or something or the other! LOL! Try your best to try and eat food that not only tastes good but gives nourishment to your body.
#3 Find some inspiration
Sometimes when I’m not really feeling myself I spend time looking at inspirational material. I mostly find it on the internet in places like Youtube. I realise that sometimes I need to either turn down the volume on the not so great stuff in my mind that is making me feel that way and I need to turn up the volume on things that make me feel good or that help me change the way that I speak to myself
#4 Find somewhere to go and make an extra effort
I know this one won’t apply to some people but hey, I’m just going to throw it in there anyway. After my long extended showers (sometimes) I ring a few friends and then I decided that I am going to put on some clothes that fit me well and look slightly dressed up and I put on make-up for a night out. Something about wearing nice clothes and putting on amazing face of makeup lifts my mood. For you it could be getting a hair cut or putting on an outfit that makes you feel sexay! Whatever it is, make a point of doing it and doing it often.
#5 Change your environment
I am notoriously bad for becoming a hermit when I am not really in the ‘feeling myself’ space. I don’t go out. Not even for fresh air. Not even to put out the bins. I can literally stay in my house for a few days at a time (before I start bouncing off the walls) I genuinely get into that head space where I have that whole ‘I can’t be bothered’ mantra going on. The thing is, normally when I change my environment and/or atmosphere, it really helps me feel different. Fresh air in your lungs can do wonders for the way you feel. So on this particular tip…I’m learning to take my own advice.
I’m sure that there are loads of other tips that may help you to get back on the ‘feeling yourself’ wagon. Including up-ing the ante on yourself care. Our winter skin series might be of help to you if your skin may be a reason why you aren’t quite feeling yourself. Feel free to have a read below.
What do you do when you aren’t ‘feeling yourself’? I’d love to hear what tips you’ve got.