I am the first person to say, a hot bath can fix pretty much anything.
Or something along the lines of light a candle, and order yourself an extra-large pizza and you’ll be fine.
But sometimes we need more than cutesy care advice,
I’m all for a Pinterest quote in a pretty font, but sometimes we need to go a little deeper. You can eat a giant bar of dairy milk in a lush filled bubble bath once you’re feeling better.
Here’s ten non-cutesy self-care tips.
For anyone who’s feeling low, down, stressed or just plain fed up, I hope this will help.
1. Mess causes stress.
Try and keep the area around you clutter free.
I try to think of it as when you have a million and one tabs open on your computer browser and it suddenly starts running slow and crashing. You can’t concentrate, your brain is competing for attention with clutter. Just pick up the skinny jeans, bin the pizza box and tidy away your shoes that you kicked off, you will feel much better for it.
2. Digital De-cluttering counts too!
Everyone needs a break from social media once in a while.
De-activate your social media profiles, even if it’s just for a few hours.
You don’t need to be mindlessly scrolling through everything before bed, try switching off (that goes for your phone as well as mentally!) Read a book, take up a skin care routine. A digital detox is good every now and again.
3. Look after yourself.
Take a shower or a bath. I know, I said self-care is more than ‘a hot bath can fix anything’ but… Go back to basics, self-care and hygiene is so important. Take your hair out of that god knows how many day’s old top-knot and give it a good wash. Brush your teeth. Put a fresh pair of pyjamas or something comfy on.
4. Eat something healthy.
I’m all for suggesting you order a large Domino’s extra cheesy pizza, or go and buy a huge share box of McNuggets whilst watching some trashy T.V (hey, that’s what I would do!) But if you’re already feeling rubbish, junk food probably isn’t going to do you much good. Drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit, don’t skip breakfast!
5. Stop putting things off.
The dishes in the sink won’t do themselves, do the washing, push yourself to do some light exercise. Meet your friends / girlfriend / boyfriend / parents for a coffee.
6. Get enough sleep.
Switch off your phone at least 30 minutes before bed.
Give your brain time to rest and switch off, staying up all night binge-watching Netflix may seem like a good idea, but you’ll regret it in the morning. Lack of sleep affects everything from your mood, to your concentration.
Even if you don’t feel like it. There’s a good chance you will feel better for it… Go for a short walk, sit in the garden for a few minutes.
Or at the very least open your curtains, open the windows, let the light and fresh air in.
8. Don’t burn yourself out at work.
Learn to say no, don’t work through your lunch break, and most importantly try to leave work at work.
9. Engage your brain.
Do a crossword, organise something (for example your make-up collection, de-clutter it and get rid of the things you don’t need or donate them!) Start a journal, play a game. Remember how many hours were lost to The Sims / Theme Hospital… I regret nothing!
10. Do not compare.
It is very easy to think from your instagram feed that everyone’s life is just fine and dandy. You don’t see the arguments, the horrendous days at work, the low confidence days, instagram amongst other social media platforms… is life’s highlight reel. Realistically when you think about it we’re going to post the selfie when we’re all done up and looking amazing, not when you wake up with a breakout all over your face and eye-bags down to your chin. People are much most likely to snap and upload that post workout selfie, not the one where you look 6 months pregnant with a dominos stuffed crust pizza baby. Try and keep things in perspective, instagram is pretty to look at, I’m not saying it’s not ‘real life’ it is, but it’s just the best parts.
So there you have it my ten non-cutesy self-care tips!
Feel free to add to them in the comments if you wish .