So yesterday was one of those days. Eye bags the size of Jupiter, motivation smaller than Pluto and a whole solar system of a to-do list to get through. With these contradicting circumstances it’s safe to say that it truly was a ‘hump day’. I barely made it out alive.
I’ve been assured many times that as humans we all have these kind of days, the ‘hard on yourself’ internal argument days. For me they usually occur after a bad nights sleep and general exhaustion. That mixed with stress at work or school and a dormant desert of social plans can only lead you to vent your physical not-so-well-being on your nearest and dearest companion; yourself.
So, rather than sit and plot a grudge ridden revenge against oneself for the following day, I felt I’d rather my story line took a more romantic gesture of ‘making up’ to myself as a means of apology. I don’t think a soppy bunch of flowers would quite cut it, so I compiled a list of ways to rekindle my own self-love.
1. Wake up with compassion
Chances are you are still tired. So if your body and brain are craving a lie in, go for it. You wouldn’t wake your best friend if they were exhausted would you?
2. Breakfast is the way to BAE’s heart.
Take you time to put some love and care into your ‘I’m sorry’ breakfast. Treat yourself to something you love to show yourself that;
a) you are sorry, and
b) you are a freaking culinary genius who could actually open a Michelin starred restaurant right here right now if you wanted to.
3. Keep the compliments flowing
Negative self-talk is a real bad habit, and a hard one to kick. Make an extra special effort to congratulate yourself today.
“You are GLOWING after that lie in.”
“Wow you are an amazing chef”.
“Aren’t you lucky to have a best friend like yourself.”
4.Take the day as it comes
The day is your oyster and this oyster wears no watch. Hang loose with time and let it flow around what you want to do, be it spending 5 hours on Netflix or a 20 minute outdoor yoga flow.
5. Treat yourself
When was the last time you painted your nails? Today you’ve got time for that. And that new moisturiser you bought but don’t use much because it’s for ‘special occasions’? This IS a special occasion. Pamper yourself and doll yourself up. You want to look your best for yourself after all.
6. Don’t let anyone get between you and your best friend
Sometimes it needs to be a one on one. By all means, socialise but only if you are totally feeling it (and don’t leave yourself holding a grudge).