Apologies if you're suffering in this heatwave and it's just too hot to be in the kitchen. Maybe you should just skip this one or buy a cake and just sit somewhere cool and enjoy it.
For those of you who can stand the heat of the kitchen - literally - baking is a great way to unwind. The methodical preparation is somewhat soothing and kneading and whisking can help get rid of some tension. It's an absorbing activity that helps push worries out of your mind for a while. There's also the excitement and anticipation and, of course. the pleasure of a homemade treat at the end.
Enjoy the process and enjoy the result!
If you want to read more, here's a couple of interesting articles on baking and mental health.
Can Baking Improve Mental Health?
Piece of Cake - Baking for Mental Health
And if you need some recipe inspiration, far too many of my Pinterest boards are about food!
Treat your feet today and spend your thirty minutes of Me Time having a home pedicure. Your feet work hard so they deserve it. A refreshing foot soak followed by a bit of pampering is just what they need in this heatwave and you'll be ready to put on those strappy sandals or go barefoot on the beach.
First gather all the items you will need;
There are lots of foot care products on the market, but one of my favourite brands is Newtons - I've been using them for years - they may not be the most glamorous but they work. The chiropody sponge is brilliant.
It's not always easy to find them in the high street - some smaller chemists and body-care shops stock them but not always the full range - however you can now stock up on Amazon
Then find yourself a suitable spot and;
I've also featured some lovely handmade foot care products in an earlier blog post Treat Your Feet
There's also some good, practical advice on the NHS website article 10 Tips on Footcare
As the old quiz show used to advocate "phone a friend" is always a good option.
Take half an hour today to call a good friend and just have a chat. This isn't about making arrangements or making that duty call, it's about having a good old chin wag with someone who makes you feel good.
BTW - for anyone lucky enough to have been born this century, that's a telephone in the photo.
Today's simple self-care activity is to spend your thirty minutes of Me Time doing a crossword - or a sudoku or a word-search - or any other puzzle of your choice. Like a jigsaw, a puzzle seems to occupy your whole brain, pushing any worries and anxieties to one side for a while, letting them settle and enabling you to tackle them later with fresh thinking.