Between working full-time, looking after your own house, keeping on top of day-to-day tasks and actually having a social life on top of all that, it’s easy to see why self-care often takes a back seat. I’ve been very guilty of skipping self-care by telling myself that I’m just TOO BUSY. I’m here to tell you friends, that there is no such thing as being too busy for self-care. Self-care is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and I PROMISE you, no matter how busy you are, there is a way to factor self-care in.
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1. Light a Candle
Having your favourite scent circulate around the room will create a positive environment to work or relax in.
2. De-clutter your Space
It’s amazing what a clutter-free space can do. If I’m in a cluttered space I find it really hard to settle. Make sure your workspace or chillspace is clean and tidy.
3. Cleanse Your Social Media Accounts
If your feed is full of negativity or you’re getting a lot of nasty comments online – purge your account. Unfollow/block accounts that are having a negative impact on your day. Trust me, a timeline full of positivity and kindness is a LOT more fun to look at and the drama is NEVER worth it.
Skincare is something that I know I definitely don’t put enough time or effort into. However, simple steps such as moisturizing your face before bed or putting on a face-mask can make you feel truly relaxed. You can even put on a face mask while you’re watching TV or doing another activity. I love using this Garnier sheet mask from Superdrug – it smells amazing and it’s only £1.99! Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive.
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. Guided meditations vary from just a few minutes to up to an hour so you’re bound to be able to find one that suits your schedule.
6. Do a Simple Chore
Purely to get it out of the way. I hate doing dishes but I always feel so much better once I’ve finished them. Crossing small things off your list gives you a boost and helps you feel like you’ve accomplished something that day.
7. Read for Enjoyment
There’s something really great about reading . It doesn’t have to be a lot – I tend to try and read a chapter per night to wind down before bed. I’m very guilty of telling myself that I’m reading for enjoyment by reading blog posts/e-books about blogging – but realistically this sets the cogs in my brain turning about work instead of helping me to wind down.
8. Re-Arrange Your Schedule
You know yourself when you need some alone-time to recharge your batteries. Cancel your plans (you can always re-arrange). You don’t owe anyone (including yourself!) an explanation for your self-care time!
9. Keep to Time
If there’s one way to get yourself worked up and stressed out – it’s rushing. Being a little more conscious of your time-keeping can make a huge difference to your life. Getting up 10 minutes earlier will give you extra time to get ready.
What are your favourite self-care tips? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear them!