In the last 72 hours, I’ve barely slept, travelled over 15 hours on public transport, and have walked frantically into a number of estate agents, when Jade and I’s viewings either didn’t match what we were looking for or never happened due to others putting their names down before we had a chance to view them.
Self-care is massively important right now in my life. To be honest, it should be a priority for us all; bloggers, this includes you.
I went to Leicester with an idea to create a blog post on what I saw in the city. Thing is, I took a few photos and thought to myself why I was doing it and was it pressure I didn’t need?
Well, I’m obviously not writing the blog post, but I am sharing what I think I’ve done over the last 2 days (in or travelling to or from Leicester).
We don’t need to capture everything
Yes, I could have taken a lot of pictures. A lot of my time was spent in the city centre. I saw some amazing things to capture shots of, but what would be the point?
I don’t want to live a life where I have to share EVERYTHING. Some moments I just want for Jade and I. I wanted to enjoy the moment of being in a new city, and how the unknown will soon be our surroundings.
Put your phone down!
Jade told me off for being on my phone in the pub. Waiting for our grub to turn up, I couldn’t help but go on social media to see what was happening in the world. It’s normally Jade being told off, but it was me for once.
Why do we go on our phones so much? What happened to a good ol’ conversation?
People can wait
Don’t be so harsh on yourself if you take a bit longer to respond to people; email, DM, tweet. Whatever it may be, take your time.
These last 2 days have taught me to love being in the moment.
This move is bringing Jade and I closer, helping me to grow my independence and to love being somewhere new and will bring a lot of opportunities my way; including learning to create content REALLY out of my comfort zone.
Learn to say no
We don’t need to accept every opportunity that comes our way. I used to do this. I burned myself out. It took me a while to get back on track.
Learning to say no is an exhilarating feeling. It shows we’re taking care of ourselves. It helps us to switch our minds off; even for 2 minutes.
I’m going to be in a new place. I don’t really know anyone. My mental health needs to be looked after.
I’m going to turn things down. I’ve turned down some opportunities already. I need some time to relax. I want some time to just enjoy the city. I’m in no rush. I’m here for at least 12 months.
More opportunities will come. If the time is right or the opportunity fits in with what I want to do, I’ll take it.
Until then, I’m saying no to local events, reviews (besides the ones I’m already working on) and everything else.
Talk. Share. Enjoy the time with those who you surround yourself.
Being on this new journey with Jade is exciting. I’m tired right now waiting for my second coach back to Southampton, but it’s all worth it.
We can talk about self-care as removing things, but why not adding something to our life?
Why don’t we add something to the mix that’s positively going to impact our mental health?
Being with Jade on this new adventure does scare me, but since knowing our move to Leicester was adamant, I’ve fallen in love with her even more (even though I didn’t think it was possible), I’ve been looking at things we can do in the area and I’ve been planning for the future.
I’m a big planner with the ambition of succeeding in life. Seeing Jade receive an offer for her dream job makes me incredibly happy. Knowing Jade and I have secured a property, makes me incredibly happy.
I’m in a very good place right now.