It is so important to make time for ourselves and have some time out for self-care. It is too easy to forget about this with juggling families and work. Here are some ideas for taking a little time out for yourself.

cloudberries bloom jigsaw

Puzzles

Puzzles aren’t just for children and are a great way to have some time for yourself. Jigsaw puzzles are effective in strengthening your short-term memories because they require recollection of colours and shapes as well as problem-solving. The period of finding the solutions for the puzzles puts the mind in a meditative state. This enables you to manage stress and other life issues that negatively affect your productivity. Enhanced mind tranquillity assists adults to achieve self-confidence that promotes social well-being.

Read a book

Take just half and hour out for reading a book or magazine. Whether you are into thrillers, romances or glossy magazines, taking a little time for yourself to delve into another world can be incredible. Curl yourself up with a coffee and book and just enjoy.

Take a bath

I love running a hot bath, full of bubbles or my favourite bath oil. I used to do it on a regular basis, I would light candles, make myself a drink, put on a relaxing playlist and just relax. I would have a facemask, take time to exfoliate and then afterwards, I would moisturise my whole body. I can’t actually remember the last time I made time to do that, it’s definitely time I started doing that again.

Go for a walk

Get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery, take time to notice your surroundings instead of being in a hurry, rushing past. If you find somewhere nice, sit for a while and take some deep breaths.

Watch your favourite show

Watch your favourite film or TV show without feeling guilty that you should be doing something else.

Do something crafty

Whether you feel like colouring, crocheting, knitting or sewing. Adults can benefit from crafting as a relaxing method of expressing creativity and channelling emotions. My friend enjoys painting and decorating glasses.

Dance

Put on your favourite music and dance, don’t think about anything but the music.

Exercise

Go for a run, do some yoga, swimming, download an exercise app, whatever you fancy trying. Exercise increases cardiovascular activity, burns extra calories, but most importantly, it releases endorphins in the brain, which have a role in reducing stress and managing depression, as well as decreases the stress hormones in the body, like cortisol.

Exercise can also be a great outlet for frustrations and anger (like martial arts or weight training). It can take your mind off of problems and troubling thoughts, just by placing you in a different environment and forcing you to focus on your deep breathing.

 

Win a Cloudberries Bloom jigsaw

The eye-catching BLOOM jigsaw is divided into eight self-contained sections each depicting a colourful illustration of a flower with a Scandi-chic vibe.

The clever “two-way” design lets you puzzle with a friend sitting opposite on the other side of the table – in fact, it’s ideal for sociable puzzling, as you can each pick a section to get stuck into. Once you get started, you won’t want to “leaf” it alone!

Cloudberries plant a tree for each jigsaw puzzle sold. Not only that but all their jigsaws and their boxes use recycled FSC-certified paper and board, including paper from sustainably-managed woods.

Win a Cloudberries Jigsaw

It is so important to make time for ourselves and have some self-care. It is too easy to forget about this with juggling families and work.

68 Comments

68 Comments on Making time for self care – giveaway

  1. I love jigsaws and this looks as though it can be very relaxing. I would happily sit on an afternoon with a cup of tea and have a go at this puzzle.

  2. I have done more jigsaws in the last 12 months than in the rest of my 47 years put together – love this one

  3. Some great tips about making time for yourself, I love a good walk, a good TV series and a crafty activity. I do love a good dance around the house where no one can see me.
    We’ve done quite a few puzzles, I love them, I love how you can do them on your own or with another or even in a group. It helps you relax and have something to focus on.

  4. I enjoy walking the dog each morning, both Barney and I love being out in the fresh air. Me – chattting to other doggers, him sniffing everything he smells.
    On rainy days, jigsaws can be a great distraction, and both my husband and I can be quite competitive at finding those missing pieces.

  5. My wife has spent many, many hours doing jigsaws during this lockdown. All the family love jigsaws too. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  6. Jigsaws are very underrated by many people, but they have played a crucial role for many during the lockdowns, to keep the boredom away.

  7. This is lovely and a great new project to start. I have been doing a lot more reading lately to give myself some self care and it is really helping.

  8. I think it’s really clever to have a two way design because I often end up trying to do a puzzle upside down from the opposite side of a table.

  9. I love doing jigsaws, my Mum, who died a couple of years ago, got me started on them as a child.

  10. My aunt and Uncle love puzzles, but find it difficult to find ones that are generic, this would be perfect!

  11. Jigsaws are always a great way to chill out on your own and with others. Just start a jigsaw and other people just can’t keep their hands off it. Love the fact that they’re made from recycled board and paper and that the company plant so many trees

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