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Self Care February – Feel Good Challenge

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Boost your happiness and sense of wellbeing with our self care activities for February.

What Is Self Care?

Simply looking after yourself (and not feeling guilty for doing so) – putting time and effort into choosing to do things that make you feel good and promote a sense of happiness and wellbeing. It feels good to feel good! 

What Are Self Care Activities

Self care activities can literally be anything that makes you feel good and they can vary from person to person (there’s no rules).

It can be as simple as spending 5 minutes meditating or 10 minutes sitting with your feet up and a cup of tea. Maybe taking a 10 minute walk each day or even just making a to-do list or scheduling your day so it runs more smoothly – anything that promotes good feelings and sense of wellbeing. 

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Self Care Ideas

We LOVE our self care monthly challenges – it just takes a little focus and effort each day to make sure I always squeeze in something that’s nice, feels good, makes me happy or is just better for my wellbeing and mood.  

So Here’s Our Self Care Challenge For February

Blast away the winter blues with our fabulous feel good February ideas. We’ve planned a totally feel-good February and best of all it’s easily achievable!

1 – Get Outdoors For 20 Minutes Every Day

Blow away the cobwebs and make an effort to get outdoors every single day. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes in your lunch break. Fresh air is a great mood booster.

2 – Meditate Try a 5 Minute Daily Meditation

Squeezing in short meditations for me just means taking time to relax and reset. If I can fit one in after the chaos of the school run and before starting work I do. Otherwise I try to do one at lunchtime as a reset before my afternoon work schedule. I like to use meditations from the Mindful Movement on YouTube or the Apple Fitness+ meditations. Both feel good!

3 – Enjoy A Home Spa Evening – Self Care February

Okay, pick up your favourite bath products, some candles, pop the music on and head off for a lovely long soak in a hot bath. Try out some mud face masks, conditioning hair treatments and spend time pampering yourself.

It’s time to soak up some culture! Make time during the month to head out to a museum or art gallery, even if it’s just for the morning, it’s good to see the world from a different perspective, learn about something new or just enjoy your favourite museum exhibition or collection.

5 – Plant Some Spring Bulbs

It’s still not too late to plant up some spring bulbs, they’ll look lovely by the front door in spring when the flowers open. And if gardening isn’t your thing M&S and most supermarkets sell little pots of spring bulbs that you can pop on the kitchen windowsill.

6 – Organise Your Closets And Clothes

Any time is a great time to kick start being more organized. And for me, an organised wardrobe, with clothes neatly folded always makes me feel good.

To get started, just empty everything out – get rid of things you no longer want or need. Then organise everything in a way that makes sense to you and how you use your closet.

7 – Organise An Area Of Your Life Or Home

Everyone has a little ‘thing’ in their life they wish was more organised, be it that messy drawer in the kitchen, that chaotic diary, the mounting pile of school correspondence or maybe just your desk! Whatever it is, take a couple of hours this month, and get it sorted.

8 – Plan Some Spring Adventures

February is a great time to plan some spring activities. Whether it’s holidays, days out or just jotting down a few new local places you fancy visiting.

9 – Buy Yourself Flowers

Having a vase of flowers at home always brightens up a room. Pick yourself up some flowers at the shop today.

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10 – Hydrate – Self Care February

This is a super quick win when it comes to self care! If you swap out the soda and sip water instead it’s more hydrating, and means consuming less sugar, sweetener and chemicals.

11 – Take An Outdoor Walk 3-4 Times A Week

Schedule in time to take an outdoor walk at least 3 or 4 times a week (everyday if you can manage it) again, start small, just 10-15 minutes will do.

Not only does it help you hit your step-count but spending time out in nature and fresh air is good for you full stop! It counts as exercise, helps you get your 10000 steps in and gets you into healthy habits.

12 – Give Wildlife A Home

Okay, you can do this with even if you can only spare a tiny amount of outdoor space. Think about bee hotel, bird tables, creating a little wildflower patch, a wildlife water bowl or bird bath. You can add some wildlife attracting plants to a hanging basket. Or simply feed the ducks at your local park.

13 – Start A Dream Diary – Self Care February

Get yourself a nice notebook and pen and jot down your dreams, read back over them, see how your subconscious is fitting into your day to day life. Look out for patterns or meanings.

14 – Do a Home Workout Routine

There are so many options now when it comes to home workout sessions, Apple Fitness+ is my go-to, with hundreds of different exercises to choose from, dance, core, kickboxing, HITT, strength and yoga. So there’s something to suit every mood, ability and vibe.

You can also check out the App Store which has hundreds of fitness apps from lazy girl yoga, couch to 5K, weight training, running and a whole lot more!

15 – Eat Your 5-A-Day – Self Care February

Try to eat a wide variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables. Squeeze in at least 5 portions a day. Aiming for 7-8 is better but getting your basic 5 is a great start. And it doesn’t have to be hard work.

Add a portion of fruit to your breakfast, swap out a junk snack for veggie sticks and salsa, add vegetables to your plate at lunch and dinner. Serve fruit as desserts. And you’ll be surprised how quickly it becomes a habit.

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16 – Get Some Me Time

This one is often the trickiest of all to fit in! But, it’s important to make time just to be. You don’t have to fill it with anything if you don’t want to, just sit down and enjoy the peace.

17 – Social Media Free Day – Self Care February

Sometimes the endless pings, updates, texts, scrolling and liking can get just a bit much. Take a day and forget it all, don’t even glance at that screen! (you’ll be surprised how much time this frees up!)

18 – Do Something You’ve Been Putting Off

Okay, now this could be ANYTHING at all. A call you need to make, an appointment you’ve been putting off, visiting a friend, clearing out that spare room, tidying up the front garden, painting that chair or fixing a dripping tap. If you’ve been avoiding it, get it done! Tick it off your list. You’ll feel so much lighter!

19 – Donate To A Charity Shop

Coming into spring is a great time for decluttering and clearing out your belongings. And whilst it may be no good to you, someone else may love your unwanted items. Box them up and drop them at the charity shop.

20 – Don’t Complain

You are going to be totally taken aback over how hard this is! How often do you find yourself thinking or saying negative things? Little complaints inside your head about having to do chores, commute, work… etc etc. Spend the day putting a positive spin on EVERYTHING. How does that make you feel?

21 – Freshen Your Space

Open up all the windows and let the fresh air in! Then take a look around your home, make a note of areas you’d like to tidy, clean, declutter or just freshen. 

Once you’ve done a little home audit, and got your list, just work through and tick things off as you can – try to dedicate at least 30 minutes a week so that you feel a sense of progress.

22 – Dance – Self Care February

Open the windows wide, whack up the volume on the music and dance for 10 minutes. And if you do this 10 minutes a day – that’s over an hour of exercise a week! And I promise that will feel good!

23 – Puddle Jumping

We refuse to see puddle jumping as childish. Get your wellies on, and get sloshing in those puddles!

24 – Afternoon Nap – Self Care February

Often overlooked when it comes to self care is just a little afternoon nap. Get cosy, snuggle up and snooze an hour away. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to go again!

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