I said that I was going to make 2018 a year for self care and I’m trying to stick to that. It’s just been little things so far just to make myself feel good. My thinking behind this is that it will help me keep on more of an even keel then I might have more luck in keeping my anxiety and depression under control. I think that anyone who has any sort of mental health issues needs to find their own strategies for dealing with things. Things that work for one person may not work for somebody else. So far it seems to be helping me.
In the spirit of this, I took a day off last week and took a trip to London. Financially I should have been working and I did have freelance work available but it was my birthday so I thought I would do something just for me instead.
I went to London with no real plan in mind. I just wanted to walk around and just see where I ended up.
Here’s some of the places I visited.
I hadn't been to Fortnum and Mason for years. Their window displays are amazing. Each one is a teapot made of different things.
For me no trip to central London is ever complete without a visit to Whole Foods. I always find something new or unusual to try. I just wish we had one that was closer to home.
Another favourite shop of mine is Petersham Nurseries near Covent Garden. If you ever get the chance to go there, do it. If I come into money then I will refurnish my house from their shop, it's incredible.
I finished my day in London with a quick walk along the Thames. It was actually a really peaceful and calming thing to do before getting on the train home.
So it wasn't a huge thing to do or an expensive one. I thought I would tell you about it though because that simple act of taking a few hours for myself made a big difference to me. Just wearing something nice with make up and jewellery and pleasing myself for once lifted my mood. I think we all forget how important it is to look after ourselves sometimes and this can mean emotionally as well as physically. This is definitely something I'm going to try and repeat every now and then as it really did do me good. Remember as Ferris Bueller said
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
Speak to you soon
Love Erica xxx