Sunday, 4 February 2018

Making Time For Me


This post is sponsored by Henry London.

I've spoken before about how we're a generation who seem to be constantly juggling a million plates. Everyone has a side hustle on the go and multi-tasking is the new black. There are some girls who are absolutely bossing it as a result, but it's a culture that can create a lot of stress and can ultimately verge on burnout. Because of this, I didn't make any resolutions this year, but one thing I did promise myself was that I'd be kinder to myself, slow down a little and make a bit more time for me.

The problem is, I've promised myself this before. It's all well and good saying that I'll make more time for myself, but time is something it's easy to lose track of and suddenly the day will have ended in a blur of ticking things off my never-ending to-do list and it's way past the time I should be in bed. And before I know it, weeks have flown by just like that. The thing is, I like getting things done. I like being productive and I enjoy that sense of accomplishment at the end of a busy day. It appears to be something that runs in my family, both my mum and my grandma can't sit still for longer than five minutes because they just have to be doing something. I think it's a pretty common trait in our generation - there are only so many twenty-something girl bosses you can scroll past on Instagram while you're lazing in bed before you feel like a failure unless you get up and get things done.




I know how important self-care is (however much I actually kind of despise the term) so how can someone like me make sure I am making time for myself when I find it much easier not to? It's quite simple really. I put it on my to-do list. If I treat it like something that has to get done (which let's face it, for my sanity it is) then I'll do it. Revolutionary I know. Self-care is different for everyone. For me, it's as simple as a long soak in a hot bath, meeting a friend for a coffee or an hour spent reading a good book. None of those things even take a particularly long time so should be fairly easy things to get ticked off my to-do list. I find it much easier to stick to things if written in a blog post as if you guys can somehow hold me to account so here goes. From here on, my weekly to do list involves those three things.

I'm going to schedule a coffee date with a friend, have a nice hot bath and spend an hour getting stuck into a good book.

And to help me keep track of that elusive time, I have a beaut new watch* from Henry London. It's been a while since I've worn a watch and it somehow makes me feel like a more put together, more organised version of myself. Isn't it funny how one item of clothing or accessory can transform the way we feel about ourselves? I was lucky enough to be able to choose this watch and I really am in love with it (as much as you can be in love with a watch anyway). I love the rose gold and there's something about having a mesh band rather than a leather strap that makes me feel like a real adult (because yes, at 27 years of age I'm yet to come to terms with the fact that I am indeed, a real adult). If mesh isn't your thing though they do have some gorgeous blogger-esque grey and pink straps (full range here).





Do you struggle to make time for you?

Amy x

Photos: Ashton Gibbs

* This blog post contains a gifted item.

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  1. Ooh I love the look of your watch, it's beaut. Sounds like a great plan so you get some quality time to yourself to chill a bit too :) reading always relaxes me! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! I've been reading before bed recently and it's the best! xx

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  2. It's always easier said than done, right?! How can we take care of ourselves when, as you said, we're constantly juggling so many things?

    Mariya
    www.brunetteondemand.com

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    1. It's definitely easier said than done, if I add it to my to do list I'll do it though! xx

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  3. Errr how gorgeous are these photos?! They look so calm and the watch is beautiful. I'm totally with you on this; I have to add self-care onto my to do list or it just gets lost, so I'm all for that approach. I also love the things you've chosen, they're probably what I would pick too! (what a surprise...) Enjoy them xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thanks babe, I've got Ashton to thank for them! Haha what a surprise indeed! xxx

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  4. What a beautiful watch! I totally agree with everything you said too - it's so important to make time!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks so much Rosanna, it's gorgeous isn't it! xx

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  5. I love everything about this post, the photos, the concept and everything, I feel like I should buy myself a watch even if its as a reminder to make time for myself x x

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    1. Aw thank you so much, it is a pretty good reminder! xx

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  6. Lovely watch. I love the colour of it. Have a lovely start to your week.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks Gemma, I was so drawn to the green! xx

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  7. Loved all the photos in this, the watch looks absolutely beautiful! I definitely relate to not taking enough time for myself, something I'm trying to work on this year as well.

    Shann Eileen | www.shanneileen.com

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    1. Thank you! It's gorgeous isn't it. Glad you're working on spending some time just for you! xx

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  8. That is a lovely watch! :)

    And it's so true, we need to prioritise and make time to just relax each day, but it's easy to forget to do so when things get busy. I started the year off well with a little time to read each night before bed, but I haven't been doing that lately and I really need to improve on it!

    Hope you're having a good start to your week. Still quite hectic here, so once again I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend, haha.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. I've been making such an effort this week to put my phone down early and read before bed and it's making such a difference it's great! Hope you enjoy your quiet weekend haha! xx

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  9. You're such a sweet girl, Amy! Lovely post! So true that we need to take time for ourselves xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | Gracefulcoffee.com

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    1. Aw thank you Edye. We definitely do need to take time for ourselves :) xx

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  10. I often forget how important it is to take time to myself, and I to am guilty of saying I will but let's be realistic I don't haha! I'd love to spend more time with my family and friends this year though, so I've been making more time to do that and more time to read a book or switch off for a few days x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. That's great and I think family and friends time can count as you time too if you want it too :) xx

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