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LockDown Editions - Spend time with your family members individually πŸ’•

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Just as it is important to spend date night with your partner and get some alone time away from the rest of your family, it is also important to spend time with other family members alone to build that relationship too.

Right now, is a great time to embrace the time we have to spend time alone with each family member. Whether this be your children individually, your parents individually, grandparents or extended family. It is a lovely way to get to know one another better and spend some quality time with eachother to really boost not only your happiness but theirs too πŸ˜Š

LockDown Editions - Find small pleasures...😊

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Being at home with your families is a sure way to keep ourselves and others safe. However, the lack of travel and ability to go out and experience things may take some of the joy out of your every day life. Add some joy back into your day by finding and enjoying the little things that give you pleasure...

Are you an Abstainer or a moderator? πŸ€”

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There are two types of people - Abstainers and Moderators. Abstainers are those who are all or nothing and Moderators are those who like everything in moderation. Knowing which one you are really gives you an insight into your habits and how you act so you can make a few adjustments if you need to...

Lets look at this with the example of food. Abstainers are those who buy a large bar of chocolate and will eat the entire contents until it is finished. Knowing that this item is waiting for them in the snack draw is too tempting and they cannot help but to polish it all off! Abstainers are better keeping the items they want to avoid out of the home altogether!

Moderators on the other hand will buy the bar of chocolate and leave it in the draw until they fancy it. They will maybe have a few bites every now and again but are not too fussed about the temptation as long as they know it is there. If, the chocolate is not there, however, they will have an urgent need to buy and eat lots of chocolate as this is the only thing they want until they get it. Moderators are better keeping small amounts of things they may crave dotted around the home to eat when they want to...

I am a proud Moderator πŸ™‚ Which are you?

Working from home Tip πŸ€“

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Being used to a bustling office, having to spend two months working from home has been an interesting transition. I have loved it, I have hated it, I have been burnt out and maybe a little too relaxed.

At the beginning, I didn't mind working from home so much, I could complete what I needed to do and I have found that I had more time on my hands without the commute and extra time needed to get ready etc. But, after a while, I started to feel really run down, tired and burnt out. Why did I feel this way? What was the problem?

I found that without my normal routine, I was working from my computer and phone at all hours because it was easier to access and I never felt like work was over because it was in my home. So, I decided to add back in my getting ready and end of work rituals by getting up slightly earlier but lazily getting ready and putting on my chosen outfit along with my normal cup of hot honey and lemon and sitting at my desk in the mornings. Then in the evening, powering down at my normal time, getting changed into my pyjamas, closing down the working day and (trying!) not working in the evenings. If you feel the same as I did, try this little tip, keep your morning and evening rituals to open and close the working day within your home.

LockDown Editions...Lift yourself when you are feeling low πŸ˜žβž‘️😁

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Whether this be listening to a funny podcast, reading a nice book or watching a light film, lifting your mood when you are feeling low can create a little happiness in your every day life. At the moment things are uncertain and stressful but you can help yourself to stay positive by simply doing something you enjoy and giving yourself a little uplift πŸ₯°

Unclench your jaw! πŸ˜¬

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Is your jaw clenched or tense? Release some tension by simply opening your mouth fully to stretch out your jaw and then feel it go back to it's original place a little more relaxed

LockDown Editions...πŸ€—Create transition periods throughout the day...⏱

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As we are all mostly at home, our days can seem to merge together. Even if we have created ourselves a routine, it can still feel like one thing leads into another and your mindset isn't quite following the different things you have planned. For example: if you want to relax on the sofa but you have just finished doing some exercise, your brain will not be in relax mode but in super exercise mode. So, create transitions. Once you have finished doing one thing and ready to move on to another, take a few moments to get into the right mindset so you are ready for what you are about to do. πŸ˜ƒ

LockDown Editions πŸ€— It's OK to be unproductive!

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Whilst we are still in lock down, it's OK that you don't achieve something. YOU CAN just sit, relax and binge watch TV if you want to. YOU DON'T have to feel guilty, you can you just enjoy relaxing!

LockDown Editions...πŸ€— Exercise! πŸƒ‍♀️

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Exercise has many good impacts on the body, especially right now, whether it be maintaining weight, keeping your body fit and healthy or keeping yourself sane during this time! In the UK, you are allowed to exercise outdoors once a day. This means you can walk, run and cycle. Otherwise, you can do a fitness DVD or youtube tutorials as well as yoga, cleaning and gardening etc. Make sure you keep moving, keep active and keep exercising!

LockDown Editions...Socialise! πŸ€—

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Now, more than ever, we need to socialise with others. Evidence shows that social connectedness is as important for our health as diet, movement and sleep - so speak to people! Try video calling loved ones, interacting with neighbours through fences/balconies/windows, spend time connecting with the people you live with and use this time to improve these relationships or call a long distance friend and catch up! Whoever you decide to speak to and however you decide to contact them, please keep talking!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy πŸ’•

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Showing compassion during these times is key. To unite, work together to keep ourselves and others safe and indeed alive. Shaming, passing judgemements and branding people as ‘selfish’ does not help us to achieve this.

As long as you act reasonably, within the law, whilst keeping yourself and others safe with good intentions, don’t worry and just be happy πŸ™‚.

Do what you need to do, be what you need to be and love yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise...πŸ’•

LockDown Editions...Have a solo pamper session...πŸ§–‍β™€οΈπŸ’…

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Things may be getting tense, lonely, overwhelming and depressing...

How many of us are in our pyjamas all day? Unwashed hair? Chipped nails? Hairy (lol)? I know have been slacking in my daily self care rituals and feeling a little gross lately πŸ™‹‍♀️! So, why not have some time alone with yourself or those you live with and have a little pamper session? Forget about the world for a little while and give yourself a little makeover and have some fun? Take a lovely hot bath and lather yourself in moisturiser afterwards? Whatever you feel you need to do to feel a sense of satisfaction and escape. Give yourself a break, you deserve it...Nothing like creating a little happiness by feeling beautifulπŸ’•

Set An Alarm To Check In With What You Are Feeling...⏰

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Hopefully are are now able to understand and acknowlegde your emotions, accept and feel them and express them in a healthy way. If not, see previous posts which can help.

Now, its time to use these skills on a regular basis so we continue to process feelings in a healthy, loving and compassionate way. The best way to do this is to set an alarm to check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you feel, why you feel this way and to allow yourself to accept, sit and process your way through it. The emotions journal and book within this month’s BlissBox can help do this in a more detailed way. Be more connected with you πŸ’•

LockDown Editions...Socialise! πŸ€—

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Now, more than ever, we need to socialise with others. Evidence shows that social connectedness is as important for our health as diet, movement and sleep - so speak to people! Try video calling loved ones, interacting with neighbours through fences/balconies/windows, spend time connecting with the people you live with and use this time to improve these relationships or call a long distance friend and catch up! Whoever you decide to speak to and however you decide to contact them, please keep talking!

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Express Your Emotions In A Healthy Way...πŸ€—πŸ˜‘πŸ˜­β˜ΉοΈπŸ˜³

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After you have identified your emotions, accepted them and felt them, you are then ready to express them if you feel the need to. If someone has hurt you and this has made you sad or angry, show them how sad and angry you are. Maybe don’t start flipping tables and throwing objects out of windows (lol) but tell that person how you feel and how their actions have hurt you and if you need to cry or shout then do so. The expression of a negative emotion is healthy as long as you are not harming yourself, others or possessions.

Equally, you can express your emotions alone, cry if you need to cry and scream into a pillow if helps! Writing in the emotions journal in this month’s BlissBox also helps to process and express emotions. I like to listen to sad or angry music to help me process and express my negative emotions alone.

This also applies to happy emotions too, be happy, be excited, be surprised, express and show these emotions for yourself and to others too.

Do what you need to do. Feel what you need to feel πŸ’•

Accept And Feel Your Emotions...πŸ˜„β˜ΉοΈπŸ˜­πŸ˜‘πŸ€—

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Now that you can name your emotions, you can move to the next stage which is just to accept them and to feel them. Your feelings are your feelings and you cannot control the way you feel even if you want to! Which means that if you want to feel a certain way but feel another instead, you cannot change this without going through the motions. Resisting the way you feel only causes anxiety so its better to accept the way you feel, no matter how you want to feel and to just feel it, sit with it and let it pass. The items in this month’s BlissBox will help you to do this in a more loving and compassionate way πŸ’•

Name Your Emotions πŸ’­

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March is all about ‘feeling what you feel’ so this month, we will be giving you tips on being more in tune with your emotions and how to handle them. The best place to start is to simply name them. Identifying your emotions correctly can bring awareness back on to your feelings so you are able to know what you are feeling. You can then use the tools we have provided in this month’s BlissBox to identify, understand and move forward with your emotions to become more in line with your feelings...

Have Great Conversations With Yourself...πŸ’¬

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Once you feel like you have regular fun time with yourself, try having great conversations with yourself. Get to know you and build a relationship. Keep in touch with you and check in! Touching on a previous tip, be your own friend! πŸ’•

We hope that this month’s tips help you to spend more time with yourself and allow you to feel more at ease with the idea. You are not a stranger, you are you. Keep you close because you will always have you πŸ₯°

Plan Fun Activities With Yourself!

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Once you have started to schedule time for yourself and you feel more comfortable in your own company, its time to have some fun to incentivise more time with yourself! Whatever you want to do - do! Whether its as simple as binge watching your fav shows alone, meditating or baking or going for a walk, a meal or on holiday! Go do what you want to do, and do it with you, for you!

Plan Fun Activities With Yourself!

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Once you have started to schedule time for yourself and you feel more comfortable in your own company, its time to have some fun to incentivise more time with yourself! Whatever you want to do - do! Whether its as simple as binge watching your fav shows alone, meditating or baking or going for a walk, a meal or on holiday! Go do what you want to do, and do it with you, for you!

Choose You

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Following our ‘Connect to the Self’ theme for 2020, this month is about spending time with yourself. We’ll go through ways to spend more quality time with yourself during this month and how to be alone. But first, you have to choose yourself. Spending time with yourself is just as important as spending time with those close to you. You need to make a commitment, show up and be there to build that bond and relationship! Choose you this month and make the commitment to spending more time with yourself!

Schedule Time To Be Alone...⏰

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Being alone can be difficult for us. Most of us like to have company surrounding us, they make us feel more safe, secure and wanted. Being alone, however, can expose your vulnerability and feelings of lonliness - and just your thoughts and feelings in general! It can be very uncomfortable, especially without distractions. Nonetheless, if we want a closer relationship with ourselves, we need to be able to have that time to be alone with ourselves first. Start small by scheduling small periods of time to just be alone. The more you do this, the less alien that feeling will be and the closer you can be to yourself.

Feeling Stressed or Anxious?

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Take a look at this great article with simple tips for reducing stress:

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https://www.naturalhealthmagazine.co.uk/beauty/your-stress-less-toolkit?utm_source=nhnewsletter&utm_medium=20200109&utm_campaign=monthly

Notice your narrative...what are you saying about you?

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We all have that internal chatter, whittering away in the background, sometimes we notice it and sometimes we don’t...which is fine when it is saying good things but when it is saying bad things about you and you don’t consciously know it, thats when the chatter becomes a problem. To create a healthier, clearer mind and a more positive mindset, first begin to notice what you are saying...don’t try and change it or beat yourself up about it...just simply notice it and make a note (mental or otherwise) of what you are saying to/about yourself...

Self care is about pampering yourself, treating yourself and adding a little indulgence to your life. It is also about habits, behaviours and life choices used to preserve your mental and physical well being. And about giving yourself what you need when you need it. This is the core and foundation of self care.

We had a student message us recently as part of their research for their dissertation and asked ‘why has self care become more prominent over the last 5 years?’. What a good question!? The answer we provided, in short, was that with mental health and well being becoming more socially acceptable and the stigma around the subject is disappearing, people are more open and are better able to voice their health problems. With talking you realise that you need to heal and with healing comes self care. Mental health has been labelled as this century’s health epidemic and Self care is just the medicine for the every day mental health problem. Some say self care is just a trend but for the reason given above, we think it’s here to stay

Remember to be Grateful...

The antidote to anxiety is gratitude - what are you grateful for?

Don’t Shrink Yourself To Make Others Feel Comfortable...

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Alot of us dim our light to make others feel more comfortable. Being less loud, being less forthcoming, being less YOU. But why? Don’t we all like those people who are just themselves? Don’t we connect more with people who are honest and true? So why be less authentic when you can just be YOU? If people don’t like you the way you are, maybe they are not your people! Always be unexplainably YOU

Freedom is a state of mind...


We are all truly free to do whatever we want to. The only constraint we have is ourselves and the little voice in our head. This voice consists of other people's opinions, other people's judgements, other people's fears and beliefs and how they think we should think and behave...but what about our own beliefs? Our own dreams, aspirations and wishes? You are entitled to your own opinion, your own judgement, your own fears and beliefs. Challenge what your inner critic is telling you - who's voice is that? - And remember that you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to.

Take your time...


Today's society is obsessed with getting things done as fast as possible and as efficiently as possible which leaves little room to actually enjoy and savour the process taking the little joys out of life and induces stress. Slow down, take your time, catch the moment and live it. Do things at your own pace. Have patience...

Get outdoors and breathe in fresh air!

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Most of us spend far too much time indoors, spend more time outdoors and within nature. Research shows that getting fresh air affects the levels of serotonin that make us feel good about ourselves. It is also good for your lungs and skin, improves your blood pressure and heart rate, relieves stress and anxiety, makes you happier and more energetic as well as strengthens your immune system!

Do nothing for 2 minutes

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it’s harder than you think! Give your mind and body a rest by following this link www.donothingfor2minutes.com and do nothing for 2 minutes!

A great way to start your morning is to make your bed. Most of us do this already, but for those who don't, it is a great way to accomplish something every day. This sets up your day in a positive way and to help you get in to that ready for action frame of mind. No matter what day lies ahead of you, you know you have achieved one task and when you return home in the evening your success will be waiting for you. So simple, but yet so effective

Honour where you are at...


We tend to focus more on where we want to be or ought to be rather than how far we have actually come, this means that we don't get a chance to acknowledge, and in turn, celebrate or appreciate our progress - which sucks a lot of happiness out of our every day life! We are all at different stages of our own individual journeys - honour where you are at within yours!

Replace coffee with green tea and juices...


Many of us have an addiction to caffeine whether it be in coffee or tea and most of us can't start the day without it! Give your body what it needs by getting rid of the caffeine fix and pump your body with something nutritious instead!
Benefits:
- Catechin in green tea prevents cell damage and promotes cell growth
- Amino acid L-theanine improve brain function
- Prevents skin aging and Alzheimer and Parkinson disease
- Lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Helps you lose weight and lowers the risk of obesity 

Do something new every day!


Want to add a little excitement in your life? Try doing something new every single day to beat the every day life monotony! Try parking in a different space, have tea instead of coffee, do or try something you have never done before...test the boundaries, go nuts!
Benefits:
- Brings excitement into your life
- Takes you out of your comfort zone
- Improves mental strength
- Makes you more confident and           courageous
- Sense of accomplishment

Treat Yourself Like You Would Your Best Friend...

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Many of us may have noticed that we talk about ourselves (aloud and in your head) in quite a critical way. Examples may be ‘stupid me’, ‘why did I do that for’ or ‘I look fat’...Why do we say these things about and to ourselves? If we say this to ourselves, surely we are likely to believe it? Would we talk to our friends this way? Would you tell your friend that they were stupid? No! We would be supportive, complimentary and understanding. So lets start treating ourselves that way! When you notice yourself being critical about yourself, notice, realise and stop. Then give yourself an understanding chat, compliment yourself and feel yourself be more at ease and accepted. Of course, don’t beat yourself up if you catch yourself being critical of yourself, just know that its normal and it will take time to change. Be your own best friend πŸ₯°

Take care of yourself, you do deserve it...


Many people have difficulty in taking care of themselves because they have a perception that self-care is selfish or that they don’t deserve it. We just want to say that this is NOT true. Self-care and taking care of the self is NOT selfish and you DO deserve it no matter who you are, where you are from, colour, cast, past or creed. Please take care of yourselves because ultimately, only you can...

Eat more fruits and veggies...


An obvious tip but still important! Take advantage of the warmer weather to work more greens, salads and fruits into meals and snacks. Leafy greens and fruits are a great source of natural fibre, vitamins and minerals and tasty too!
Benefits:
- Healthy weight maintenance
- Controls blood sugar
- Reduces bad cholesterol
- Normalises bowel movements
- Protects your heart
- Improves skin tone

Take the time to moisturise...


As the weather has turned a little chilly recently, be sure to take care of your skin by taking some time to moisturise. Be your best self in your best skin!

Swap over your wardrobe...


Having a seasonal wardrobe boosts happiness in your everyday. Putting away your summer clothes and closing that section of the year helps you to welcome a new part of the year with a fresh start and a fresh wardrobe. Going through your clothes and removing old clothes that no longer serve you and then being excited by clothes that you forgot you had! Looking forward to wearing those big warm wooly jumpers you now have hung up with your name all over it and not forgetting those cosy pjamas and slipper socks! What a great way to open the colder, darker season by exploring, indulging and snuggling in your warm winter clothing 

Take pleasure in the small things...


Take pleasure in the small things...Add little joys to your everyday life by noticing the warmth of the thicker winter duvet you have put on your bed, by seeing how the ice on your car glistens in the autumn sun and how simply sitting on a sofa with a hot drink and reading your favourite book is just so satisfying!
See the small pleasures and add tiny joys to your life whatever that means to you

Listen to calming music before sleeping...


Nothing like a calm relaxing sleep to help you feel well rested, more energetic and happier in the mornings! Lower stress levels, reduce fatigue and have a better sleep by playing soothing music before you sleep to help you drift off naturally

Schedule worry breaks to reduce time spent worrying...


Everyone worrys, it is a natural and healthy emotion. The point when worrying consumes your thoughts is when it becomes unhelpful and damaging. This is not effective use of your precious time! Survey results show that we spend around 6.5 years of our lives worrying - staggering! So, schedule worry breaks...if you need to worry, allocate 30 mins during the day to worry about whatever is on your mind, decide to end the session after 30 mins and carry on! If other things pop up later, write them down for the next worry session and then go about your day...

Enjoy your everyday rituals...


We get so caught up in our thoughts, our dramas and life that we forget to enjoy the little things in life...one way to create happiness in your every day life is to enjoy your rituals! Whether its something general like the rituals in the morning or something specific like the way you tuck into your favourite meal...everyone has a certain way of doing things, embrace the way you do yours

Happiness is the journey and not the destination...


Many people think that when they have x or when they get to x then they will be happy but if you live in this way, you will never be happy! The journey of getting to x is the real happiness, your growth, your experience, your journey...don’t wait to be happy, live in your life...

Do something that the future you would appreciate!

Doing something you have been delaying can remove pressures from your mind and give you a sense of achievement. Imagine how your future self will thank you when you've completed your pending to do list!

Always carry a book around with you...


You never truely know where you will end up throughout the day, you could be waiting in a long queue, spontanious trip to the park or find yourself travelling on a train...whatever you get caught up in doing, use that otherwise wasted time wisely by digging into a great book!

Give your body what it craves!


Eating healthily is a must, a good balanced diet is the key for a healthy body and lifestyle...however...sometimes your body craves a good hearty meal or a big chocolate cake...do it! Self care is all about taking care of yourself and having a healthy diet is part of that but also giving into these cravings and giving your body what it is telling you it needs is also part of self care too...there is always room for indulgence when it comes to you

Listening is more important than waiting for the other person to stop talking!


We all do this, we get involved in a conversation and you think of something to say, but, rather than listening to what the speaker is saying, you wait for them to stop talking so you can say your bit. This means that you are not giving the other person due attention and you are not fully connected and engaged in the conversation! See if you can notice how many times you do this throughout the day and see if you can become more connected not only to the conversion but to whoever you are speaking to by simply listening to what they are saying and being present for their words

Maybe when you feel buried, you're actually just planted...


When you feel like life is just chucking things at you from all different directions and in different areas of life and you feel buried, overwhelmed and you cannot cope - re framing this into you are are actually planted and you are supported and growing can sometimes take the pressure away and give you the strength to grow in the way you need to. That was a long sentence!

The little things are the big things...


What small things can you do today for someone else? What random acts of kindness can you do for another to boost their happiness? It’s the small things in relationships which mean the most and create the biggest impact...build stronger relationships and elevate your own happiness in the process with small, kind gestures for others around you

Go out of your way to compliment yourself

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Have you caught yourself checking yourself out in the mirror and you tell yourself that you look aweful/fat/ugly?? Try doing the opposite! Tell yourself that you look great/hot/sexy - whatever makes you feel good! Make random comments about yourself...’my nails look great today’, ‘loving my outfit’ or ‘this meal I made tastes amazing’...! Make yourself feel good by telling yourself good things πŸ₯°

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