13 Self-Care Dates To Set With Yourself This Week

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.

The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day, £18.99 at Amazon

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.

Nike Running Dri-Fit Power Essential Tights, £35 at ASOS

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.

Recipes from My Mother by Rachel Allen, £19.74 at Amazon

Play with your pet

Because who doesn’t feel better after seeing the utter joy belly rubs bring to your pup?

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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.

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life By Katherine Ormerod £12.99 at Urban Outfitters

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.

Becoming by Michelle Obama, £12.50 at Amazon

Retail therapy

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. 

Fleece Jacket, £69.99 at Zara

Start re-organising

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.

Ottone Marble & Acacia Wood Drinks Trolley, £435 at Oliver Bonas

Dance like nobody is watching

A short five minute dance party in your kitchen can truly work wonders for your mood.

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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.

Exhibition Road Nail Polish, £11, Nails Inc at House of Fraser

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.

Blue Yoga Training Mat, £50 at Stella McCartney

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. 

Bath Tray, £32 at Next

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.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a freelance writer covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle articles. Her work has appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman. Niamh is also a blogger at niamhserena.co.uk and podcast host of Werkin’ On It.

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