the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress
the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own healthOxford Dictionary
So Stephie set us the challenge of moving more for January. I loved this challenge as I really wanted to up my exercise game so this was perfect. Running is tough on my joints as it is high impact, but I really wanted to give it a go so I have downloaded the Couch to 5K app to get some guidance and it is brilliant. I am sticking at week one for now, I will take longer to build it up as it does make my joints hurt, but it is great to get outside and get some fresh air.
I have also started doing Pilates again and am back to LOVING it. Because of my knee injury I have been really reluctant to start again but rater than a class for now, I have started using YouTube to find exercises suitable for me. I have remembered a lot from the classes I used to do too so am getting a really good, calming workout.
My other purchase was a punch-ball and boxing gloves! This is great to get the heart rate up and is also fantastic for stress relief.
How did you find January? What has got you moving? Let us know in the comments!
So now onto my February challenge. This month I am going to slow it down and my challenge for us all is to get creative.
Many of our more creative hobbies get sidelined with the busy business of life and parenting. But having a creative outlet can be really helpful for people.
Being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life and work. … Creativity helps you see things differently and better deal with uncertainty. Studies show that creative people are better able to live with uncertainty because they can adapt their thinking to allow for the flow of the unknownbemorewithless.com
Personally, I love to colour and do cross stitch. I find it super relaxing and I love designing my own ideas when I sew. It also really helps me to take my mind off any pain I am in, as I have to concentrate on it. There are so many different ways of being creative and I thought I would list a few in case you are struggling for ideas:
- Adult colouring books
- Sewing, crochet, knitting
- Playing an instrument
- Get the kids involved! Painting, sticking, modelling clay, junk modelling…
- Painting rocks (check out Love on the rocks UK (Painting Rocks ~ Making Smiles))
So many ideas, so little time! There are just some here, what do you do to get creative? Pop your ideas in the comments below and I will add them to the list.
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This is where we will update you throughout the month about how we are getting creative. Make sure you tag us in your Spoonie Self Care Club posts and use the hashtag #spoonieselfcareclub so we can give you a share.