It is so important to practice self care. In today’s world where everyone is running around with their heads in their phones, be it tweeting, texting or emails. As well as juggling a social life, maybe a family and long work hours it can become very easy to neglect yourself. It is vital to look after yourself, mind, body and soul or you’ll find yourself seriously burnt out somewhere down the line. Here are some simple, easy and effective ways how to practice self care on a daily basis.
Self care for the body:
Take 5 minutes.
Take 5 minutes each evening to relax, sit and moisturise your whole body, give yourself a mini facial, paint your nails. It’s amazing how these little changes make you feel a lot better about yourself.
Spend some time outside.
Go for a walk, have a picnic, just sit somewhere peaceful and switch off whilst enjoying the fresh air, whatever the weather. Try it, you’ll be surprised what a little fresh air can do!
Get enough sleep.
It’s well-known sleep has a huge effect on your mood. So switch your phone off, go to bed that little bit earlier, if you are tired on a weekend have a quick nap, the world won’t end! As an adulating adult…I prefer to call them horizontal life pauses.
It can be very easy to put things off when it comes to your health. Book your smear test, go to the doctors, keep an eye on that mole, check your breasts…often. It is much better to be safe than sorry
Self care for the mind:
Start a compliment diary.
You are your own harshest critic, so try to keep notes either on your phone or in a small notebook when someone compliments you. That way when you are having a bad day or a low self-esteem day you can look back on these compliments and hopefully feel a little better. It is amazing how quickly we forget the good things and dwell on the negative.
Keep the space around you de-cluttered.
Tidy house, tidy mind, at least that’s what works for me. I always feel much more relaxed when the area around me isn’t cluttered. Take 5 minutes out of the day to do a mini de-clutter of things you don’t really need. That way its easier to stay on top of things and it won’t get on top of you. (literally)
Stay away from drama and negativity.
As well as in the real world, drama and negativity can often be found and seen online. Especially in school and friendship groups… If you prefer to distance yourself from it without drawing more attention to it simply ‘mute’ people on twitter or ‘unfollow’ people on Facebook.
Stop putting that ‘thing you have been meaning to do’ off
Ok. I will hold my hands up…I do this a lot. If you just do it, when it needs doing, then it’s done, you don’t have to think about it anymore or have it at the back of your mind.
Self care for the soul
Be of service.
Find little ways to help people in daily life, carry someones bags, hold a door, it doesn’t have to be a big grand gesture, just small acts of kindness.
Don’t forget to treat yourself every now and again… you deserve it! Buy the chanel lipstick, order that double cheese pizza!
Don’t be afraid to say no!
Follow your instinct, if you really don’t want to go on that work night out then don’t, have a night in and recharge your batteries. You have the right to refuse and the right to say no.
Create simple joyful rituals
Add little happy things to your everyday routine, even simple things like taking 20 minutes before bed to have a hot chocolate with whipped cream and settle down with a book.
What do you think of my tips on how to practice self care? If you have any you’d like to add please leave them in the comments 🙂