As we transition into the colder months and shorter days, it’s common for people to start feeling a little low-spirited. We get how hard it can be to get out of a slump and feel motivated again, so that’s why in honour of World Mental Health Day this year, we’ve put together our top tips for practicing self-care and getting yourself feeling like you again.
If you’re anything like us then you love to spend time at home, in your comfort zone, but it can be very easy to fall into the habit of staying in bed all day and forgetting to look after yourself – trust us, we’ve all been there. But don’t worry, we’ve put together some tips on how you can transform yourself and your home, to make chilling at home even more relaxing and healthy.
Our emotional wellbeing is often a reflection of how we feel about ourselves, which is why you’ll often find that the days you feel best about yourself are also the days you feel best about other aspects in your life. Now, we don’t know about you, but we certainly feel great after a good pamper and it can so easily be done at home. Whether you enjoy indulging in a long skin care routine, doing your nails, or styling your hair, find what makes you feel like the best version of yourself and dedicate time towards it – trust us, it’s worth it!
It’s so easy to get caught up in habits and daily routines and before you know it you are basically re-living the same day, every day. While routines work well for some people, others can get overwhelmed by the lack of change and start to feel down or even quite drained. If you find that this is you, then try doing a new activity each day – it doesn’t have to be anything big, just reading a book, painting, or even writing in a journal can help to stimulate your brain and break up the daily routines of life.
With working from home becoming more popular than ever, delivery services for pretty much anything you can think of, and a myriad of social media platforms, it’s not surprising that we spend so much time in our homes, but the way our homes look can have a big effect on how we feel. A clean and organised space improves focus and productivity and helps with sleep quality, whereas cluttered homes cause higher levels of stress and anxiety. This is because our brains love order and thrive in that sort of environment – yes, this is scientifically proven! So why not make your space clean and reap the rewards of a healthy mind. If you want to go the extra mile, then you can also take some time to decorate your home – we recommend Nordic Muse for all your home décor needs. Just like a clean space, a well decorated space can you make you feel uplifted and more positive.
Our brain can’t tell the difference between a thought and reality, so whether you are just thinking “I’m so bad at singing”, for example, or you are actually bad at singing, your brain won’t know that one is simply just a thought and will respond as if it’s reality. You may think that a negative thought about yourself here and there is harmless but these thoughts manifest and eventually you start believing that all of those negative things you are saying about yourself are true when they’re really not! Luckily, this is something you can change by practicing thinking and speaking positively about yourself. Next time you have some free time at home, sit in front a mirror and say some positive things about yourself out loud – it may feel funny or uncomfortable at first, but the more you say it the more natural it will feel and eventually you’ll start to believe it.
If you’re more of a social butterfly and like to get out and about to explore new places then we have you covered too. Here are some wholesome places and activities you can try with friends, or by yourself, and watch your wellbeing flourish.
If you’d prefer to leave the pampering in the hands of the professionals, then we know just the place - Beauty and Bubbles is an award-winning beauty salon in the Northern Quarter known for their range of services and top quality of work. At Beauty and Bubbles, you can enjoy almost anything you can think of, from various eyelash and eyebrow treatments, nails and tan, to massages and facials – you are bound to find something you love and enjoy a glass of bubbly while the beauticians work their magic. Best of all, the salon is open 7 days a week so you can feel fabulous at all times.
Sometimes the only pick me up you need is a sweet treat, and in those times, we recommend Black Milk, an independent dessert cafe in the heart of Manchester. Black Milk is all about living out your childhood fantasies of devouring the most indulgent treats, and their menu definitely succeeds in doing so. This dessert café serves up fresh bakes, milkshakes, pancakes, and ice cream, so you won’t be short for choice if you decide to try out this gem.
Did you know that spending time around lots of plants can make you feel calmer and reduce your levels of anxiety? That’s right, a number of studies have proven that plants actually have an effect on our mental wellbeing! So now that you know, you might want to fill your home with new plants, or maybe just go and have a gander in a nice plant shop. If so then Flourish is the place to go – an award winning, Manchester born and bred, plant shop. Flourish has 4 different shops around Manchester each with its own unique flare and hundreds of stunning plants, so we recommend you find your nearest one and check it out.
Mayfield Park is one of Manchester’s newest and largest additions to the city centre, it’s 6.5 acres and has tons of green space, places to relax, and family attractions. It’s no secret that being out in nature can bring about many positive feelings in us, which is why it’s recommended that you try to get outdoors every day, even for a short walk. If you’re ever feeling down, Mayfield Park might just be the perfect place to go to enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors and clear your mind.