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A Lenten Challenge

cup of teaWhatever your reasons, Lent is still a big deal on the Irish calendar and it’s generally about self-sacrifice. It does provide a good excuse to change bad habits or take up new healthier ones.

Though in these times of austerity and cut-backs the idea of depriving ourselves more of life’s little pleasures can seem a bit daunting.

So, how about a different approach this year?

Practicing self-care is one of the best changes you can make and while still having biscuits with your tea.

Self-care

It’s really about bringing balance; giving ourselves time to think and unwind. It involves identifying your own needs and asking for help when you need it. 
Imagine thinking positively and treating yourself with the kindness you treat others?

The challenge

Most of us don’t have heaps of time or money to spend on ourselves. Luckily, looking after yourself doesn’t mean going away to a spa. Taking time out from a busy day for some reflection can make a huge difference.

Is it a bit selfish?

Hmmm, no. It can feel like if we prioritise ourselves we’re being selfish, but if you’re not OK you won’t be able to help others. Like with those oxygen masks you get on planes, put your own on first before you attend to others.

The same goes for life, the day-to-day stuff. We’re not much help to anyone if we’re burnt out.

Why it’s worth it

Taking time out to look out for yourself will lessen your stress levels and make you feel good about life. 
Practicing self-care can make you a better friend along with increasing your own self-worth.

Your mission

Should you choose to accept it…is do something nice for yourself every day for the next 40 days.

Stuck for ideas?

Everyone is different so the same things won’t work for everybody.  The trick is finding activities that help you relax, reflect, de-stress and enjoy life. Go for a walk, learn something new, meditate, have a bath, spend time with people you love or just take time out for a cuppa (with biscuits) and reflect on the day.

Whatever works for you, it’s your Lent.

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