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10 ways to take care of yourself in under an hour

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It’s that time of year again! With Halloween fast approaching, the clocks are going back this Sunday which can only mean one thing: an extra hour in bed…. Just kidding! For most of us there never seems to be enough hours in the day as it is, so I’ve decided instead of spending it sleeping (or catching up with my ever-growing to-do list now I’m back at uni), I’m setting aside a whole hour this Sunday to pamper yours truly and I think you should too. Here are my top 10 ways to spend that extra hour – it’s one you can never get back after all!

1 “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” – Unknown

My favourite, and I’m taking this one literally! Whether it’s a good old builders brew, a strong coffee or some soothing herbal tea, treat yourself to a warming drink (plastic-free of course!) and de-stress in the way that you know best. Hot chocolate, a book, a cat and a cosy bed sound like a great combo to me…

2 “Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire.” – Amy Ippoliti

Lots of creative energy? Take the time to work on your passions, especially if they’ve fallen by the wayside in recent weeks/months/years! It’s never too late to do the things you love and life is short, so go do something that lights up that spark.

“We need to replace your vicious stress cycle with a vicious cycle of self care.” – Dr. Sara Gottfried

Think plastic-free has to mean pamper free? Think again. Make your own super easy plastic-free bath salts, run yourself a bath, and rub yourself down with coconut oil or shea butter to combat dry skin. Hey, you could even get your partner/friend in on it and get a massage!

4 “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” – J. M. Lawrence

It’s easy to let life take over and miss out on those important moments with friends and family. Pop round and see your gran or meet up with a friend for coffee. After all, what’s the use in spending all your time working towards your goals if you have no-one to share your successes and failures with?

5 “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown

Grab a pen and paper and write down everything you love about yourself, aiming for at least 20 things! Taking the time to appreciate yourself is really important, especially if life is getting on top of you and things aren’t quite going as planned. Being able to find the positives in a situation and being gentle on yourself are skills that will benefit you far beyond this one hour – if you’re struggling, think about what you’d say to a friend or family member if they were in your shoes.

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6 “Being extremely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” – Sigmund Freud

On a similar note: if life isn’t quite taking you the direction you want it to, take the time to confront why and figure out a plan. You probably won’t be able to find the whole solution in a single hour, but you can definitely figure out the first few steps to getting yourself back on track.

7 “Learn something new. Try something different. Convince yourself that you have no limits.” – Brian Tracy

Sometimes we all need to just get out of our comfort zones and feel the excitement of a totally new experience! Go zip-lining. Go for a run. Go to a new group/class. Go learn a new skill. The possibilities are endless, just go do something that makes you feel alive! Unless it’s dangerous, don’t do that.

8 “Minimalism is an appreciation of space.” – Unknown

If you’re feeling particularly motivated, use your hour to de-clutter. Not only will this help to give you a clean slate for the week ahead, but means less stuff to trip over and less stuff to clean too! A tidy space is a tidy mind and all that, so not only will you feel less stressed in the first place, you’ll be spending less time and energy maintaining all of those things you never actually use anyway! Spread your impact by taking unwanted things to a friend, family member or charity shop to reduce waste and help your stuff bring joy to those who will appreciate them.

9 “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

Do something meaningful with your extra time this Sunday, whether that’s heading into your local high street to source some plastic-free goodies or writing to your local MP, supermarket or shop about the negative impact of their plastic. Never underestimate the impact a single person can make.

10 “The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

The point I’m trying to make here is that life is short, so make time for the things and people you love. This Sunday is a great opportunity to reset but it doesn’t have to end there! Whatever you decide to do, make sure it is time well spent.

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