Over the years I have learnt that taking a bit of time out for self-care is hugely important and beneficial. Especially when you’re at your lowest points, even though this is often the hardest time to choose to put yourself first.
I’ve put together some of my favourite self-care tips to share with you, but I would love to hear yours too. Leave a comment in the box below and let me know how you unwind.
1. Peppermint Tea
I find peppermint tea to be the coconut oil of the tea world! I use it as a cure for everything. The menthol found in peppermint tea acts as a muscle relaxant which will help to relieve any tension in your body and alleviate stress. I tend to drink peppermint tea when I have stomach cramps. It doesn’t get rid of them completely, but it definitely helps. The menthol found in peppermint tea has also been proven to help you have a more peaceful nights sleep.
2. Listen to Music
The type of music I listen to when I’m anxious depends on the time of day. In the morning I like to listen to dance music to get me “pumped up” for the day ahead. At nighttime I prefer to listen to something quieter and more soothing. There’s a lovely piece of music that I like to listen to if my anxieties are stopping me from sleeping. It’s called “A Lovely Place to Be” by Patrick O’Hearn. I came across this by chance one evening when I was listening to a “Sleep Playlist” on Spotify. It’s about 8 minutes long and I’m usually asleep before it’s over.
3. Go for a Walk
Even if it’s just a quick walk around the block, the fresh air will do a world of good and help you to think more clearly.
4. Read blog posts about positive mental health
I really like reading about other people’s experiences of anxiety as it’s a nice reminder that you’re not the only person experiencing this. This tip might not help for everyone as I know some people would rather do anything but read about more anxiety – but it really helps for me.
There’s plenty of really good guided meditations on YouTube. However, if that isn’t your thing, there’s an app you can download called Calm which has music and nature sounds (wind, rain, crickets etc) which are also really great for getting off to sleep. The app itself is free to download and with the free version you can access most of the basic features but if you really want to get the most out of the app – it costs £9.99 per month.
6. Plan Something to Look Forward To
Things may feel helpless now but it’s always nice to know that you have something to get you through the day or week. It doesn’t need to be something big. You could be making your favourite meal for dinner or catching up on a TV show. Just something that you enjoy and that makes you feel good.
7. A Small Achievement
Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you–something that’s been on your to-do list for weeks. You’d be surprised how good it feels to get that ticked off!
8. Reach out to someone you trust
This could be a friend, family member, teacher, a medical professional or just anyone you feel comfortable talking to! I know more than anyone that this is easier said than done but talking through your problems, big or small, can lift a huge weight off your mind.
If you would like to read more posts about mental health and related topics, please let me know in the comments box.