Sometimes self-care is a date you set with yourself in advance, a particular day you look forward to in its lead up. Other times it’s a necessary force that hits you out of nowhere. When those days come along, it’s useful to have e few self-care ideas hidden up your sleeve. Though they may not solve the problem, they usually help to soothe stresses and break down the burden of figuring out the issue. It may be a case of adopting a daily habit like keeping a gratitude journal. Maybe it’s something more than that and takes turning off your phone for the day and curling up with your favourite book.
At this time of year particularly, as the dark, winter nights and chaotic, social schedules descend upon us, self-care is more important than ever. Whether in need of some time alone to recharge or if you’re ready to shake off your worries, these 13 ideas will point you in the right direction to feeling your best self.
List ten things you’re grateful for
Some days it will come more naturally than others but your list is personal to you so whether it’s your dog, your home or the new pair of slippers you just bought yourself, take 5 minutes at some point during your day and acknowledge all of the things that you’re grateful for that day.
Take a break and stretch your legs
Even if it’s just a quick 20 minute walk, some fresh air and exercise really does do wonders for clearing your head.
Cook your favourite meal
Depending which end of the self-care spectrum you’ve found yourself on, you may want to just curl up and be left alone but going to the effort of crafting something really delicious for yourself helps to distract from anxiety and stresses that may be present in your mind.
Play with your pet
Because who doesn’t feel better after seeing the utter joy belly rubs bring to your pup?
Turn off your phone
Don’t get drastic and go totally MIA but now also isn’t the time for negative comparison games provoked by social media scrolling.
Grab a good book
Nothing (softly) screams safe space like a cosy reading nook. Take some time out to escape into the world of someone else through the pages of a good book.
Self-care doesn’t always equate to spending but sometimes when you’re feeling low, you just gotta treat yo’self to a little something you’ve had your eye on for a while.
There’s something to be said about the power of a good clear out. There’s even more to be said about re-organising a space you feel good in.
Dance like nobody is watching
A short five minute dance party in your kitchen can truly work wonders for your mood.
Download a meditation app
It might take you a while to get the hang of it but in the mean time it forces you to take time to slow down and focus on being present in your body.
Get your pamper on
A blow-dry and manicure doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions. Sometimes you just need a little pampering and that’s ok.
Shake up your routine and try something new
Sometimes laughter is the best remedy which often comes with having fun and trying something new. Try ice skating or that boxing class you’ve been dying to try. There’s no time like the present after all.
Run a bath
These days we just hop in the shower without thinking but when was the last time you took a bath? Go the extra mile with candles, bath salts and maybe even a glass of wine.
Being kind to ourselves looks totally different to each person but it’s essential if want to find fulfilment and to excel in all aspects of our lives. Remember, it’s ok to put yourself first sometimes.