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Self-care for beginners!

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My debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront is out now on Amazon and Kobo . 

I don’t know about you but I’ve seen loads of stuff floating around the internet about self-care. I’ve kind of dipped in and out, because like most people, where’s the time? But sometimes self-esteem can take a nose dive and I decided that, for May, after getting through edits and the Easter holidays, I might take a closer look.

There’s loads of self-care challenges out there. If you Google it, you’ll find month-long guides with all sorts of things on them like go for a walk, drink more water, take a bath etc. I’ve always drunk lots of water (it’s about the only good habit I have!) and with having a dog I have to take him for walks. I’ve even been known to have a bath once in a while! But where I fall down is with taking care of myself. My nails break and I never file them until I’ve scratched myself in the face once too often, I’ve got nail polish on my toenails that has been there for months (gross, I know. Sorry!) and I’ve got a whole tub full of lotions and potions I’ve been given for Christmas and Mother’s Day that I haven’t had chance to use yet.

So, I’ve decided that rather than follow a 30-day self-care plan from the internet that I’ll probably argue with at some point and throw aside, or that’ll make me feel bad for not sticking to it, I’d tailor something to myself that fits with the time I’ve got available and suits my lifestyle.

I’m going to try and do at least one thing a week from a big long list I’m currently preparing. It might be file and paint my nails, write down three things I’m grateful for, do a facemask, deep condition my hair, call a friend… I’m not sure what. I reckon that once a week I can find some time do at least one thing and I’ll let you know if I feel any different at the end of it.

Would any of you like to join me? It’s be awesome if you guys joined in! You can keep me updated on your progress in the comments section below!

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Katie Ginger, Writer Live. Read. Write.

Katie Ginger

The first thing you need to know about me is, I like gin. Lots and lots of gin.
I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and spend my time working, running around after my kids, walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and writing!

I love history and have a Master’s degree, but have also been lucky enough to work in various castles and museums over the years. I’ve yet to get one of them into a story though – I really must try harder!

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