Ten non-cutesy self-care tips!

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.
ten non-cutesy self-care tipsHere’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.

7.Go outside.
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 .

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26 Comments

  1. Jenny
    January 18, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I really love this list, because lately I have been feeling exactly the same. Sometimes binge watching a Netflix series and junk food does nothing but make you feel worse and a 20 minute walk outside does wonders! It’s all like “Hello, your motivation is back! Let’s get shit done!”
    Amazing feeling 🙂
    I think a work out or sport in some form can really help too, lying on the floor sweating and feeling like you can’t get up can be so relieving and satisfying 🙂

    Love,
    Jenny

    Jenny Side Up

  2. January 18, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Yes I needed this post today! Thank you xx

  3. January 18, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Love this post 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  4. January 18, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    #1 always makes me feel better. I can never properly relax when there are piles of clutter scattered around the room!

  5. January 18, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    this is really what i needed rn as i enter 2017 and literally have a blank idea of what to do !

  6. January 19, 2017 / 4:03 am

    OMG great tips. I definitely will be doing this for myself.

  7. January 19, 2017 / 8:41 am

    I really loved this post! Sleep is such an important self-care thing for me too, I go to bed quite early right now but I want to start leaving my phone at the other side of the room when I sleep so that in the mornings I have to physically get up to turn my alarm off!

    Lynnsay x
    http://www.sartorialscot.com

  8. January 19, 2017 / 11:32 am

    This is such a good post – if I’m stressed out or feeling low no bath or candle will help me, I definitely have to get active and organise myself and it makes me feel sooo much better! It made me smile about the Sims/Theme Hospital comment, I probably lost half my teenage life to those games!

    Laura x
    http://www.mylauralife.co.uk

  9. Anonymous
    January 19, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I find a good declutter and tidy up does wonders! Although I then tend to light some candles, order the pizza and eat the giant sized Cadbury’s! Balance, ey 🙂

  10. Becky
    January 19, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I find a good declutter and tidy up does wonders! Although I then tend to light some candles, order the pizza and eat the giant sized Cadbury’s! Balance, ey 🙂

    beckoning-b.blogspot.com

  11. January 20, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Love this tips! They are all so true and I think we all need the reminder at times.

    Nicky Zeeb xx

  12. January 21, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love cutesy self care like face masks and a bath bomb as much as the next girl but when my mental health goes down the pan I definitely need the things you’ve talked about a lot more than that, especially keeping my house tidy! I can’t relax and feel good if my house isn’t as clean as it can be.

  13. January 24, 2017 / 8:51 am

    This was a well-needed read! I definitely need to give myself more ‘me’ time especially after a long day! xo

    McKenzie | maybemckenzie.com

  14. January 25, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Hi! I love your blog sooooooooooooooooooooo much! It is so uplifting. I really like taking a bath if I’m stressed so I would definitely recommend that one! I also like having some me time aswell

  15. January 26, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Great post lovely 🙂 I totally agree with keeping things around you tidy. I’m a very tidy person, but struggle to keep things organised because of my physical health problems, and it definitely affects my mental health when my room is untidy. Going outside definitely helps too – you can’t beat feeling the sunlight on your face and hearing the birds sing 🙂 I used to love playing Theme Hospital! Might have to see if can find it online or something and reminisce about old times!

    Jenny xx

    http://www.jaffacat.co.uk

  16. January 27, 2017 / 7:55 am

    This was sp helpful, thank you for posting these thips! I’m guilty of neglecting myself so much. ? i’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind!

  17. Vicky
    January 28, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Sooooo true about turning your phone off half an hour before bed! Gonna do the same right now !!

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