Are you stressed? Feeling low? Want to know the easy way to give yourself a lift? It’s simple.
Step one: Think of five things that you love to do. Any five things, big or small, although smaller things may be best if you want quick results. Mine would definitely include having tea and cake with my friend Charlie, doing something creative like sewing or crochet, going to the park to feed the ducks, reading a great book (doesn’t time fly when your absorbed in a book), spending time with my hilarious friend Kitt or, strangely, having a really good declutter at home with lots of bags for charity at the end of it.
What’s on your list?
Step two: Set aside a time in your diary over the next two weeks to do each of the things on your list. Book a slot for the things you do by yourself like reading or gardening, just as you would make a date with someone else. It’s just as important to schedule a two hour date with yourself. Look at your diary, see all the fun things you’ve got planned, and get excited. Look forward to the little things just as much as the big things.
Step three: Do them. Don’t cancel on yourself just because something else comes up, or you’re a bit tired, or whatever other excuse you might come up with. It wouldn’t be right to do that to someone else, so treat yourself with the same respect. Do all the things you’ve planned, big and small, and enjoy them to the max. If you’re going out to do something, get dressed up, take photos, if your plan means staying at home, light some scented candles, play your favourite music, make sure you have food and drink that you love. Spoil yourself.
Step four: Look back and reflect on your fortnight and you’ll notice how uplifted you felt looking forward to all the things you were going to do, and how much satisfaction you got from treating yourself well and doing the things you love.
Step five: Do it all the time!
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