15 Simple Self Care Tips
Self care is extremely important, especially in this day and age when people are overwhelmed with work, commitments and time-management issues. A lot of the time, people get so over-worked that they neglect their own selves and end up completely burnt out and dissatisfied with their lives. The key to self care is slowing down. Its taking time for yourself, to focus on you. You often hear people say ‘Take care of yourself’ or ‘Look after yourself’ and thats for a good reason. You can’t possibly function properly whilst looking after everyone and not looking after yourself. Thats why its important to take some “You time”.
Often people think its a selfish act to be taking time to yourself, but in fact it is crucial. No one else is thinking that, apart the person who is reluctant to spend time on themselves. Its time to start incorporating this important ritual. As the saying goes ‘You can’t spend your life pleasing others’. Even if you spend most of your time pleasing others, you simply have to include yourself. I have completed a list of things you can do and suggestions to implement self care in an easy to follow list.
No excuses, you know you are capable of completing most of these simple self care tips quite easily! Why not choose one a day to do over the space of a couple of weeks and see how much better you feel. Here goes:
1 Have a lie-in or go to bed early. Sleep depravation is real and it is no walk in the park! Enjoy your full nights sleep and aim for a minimum of 8 hours. Anything extra is a bonus! Before going to bed at night, remove yourself from all electronic devices such as phone, computer, radio, tv or any similar distractions for an hour beforehand. This will help you have better sleep quality and help you to nod off quicker too. If possible, leave your phone in another room. That way you won’t be tempted to check it immediately when you wake. You can feel relaxed knowing you are not in demand once no-one can call or text you.
2 Bake some yummy treats and have a nice cup of tea or make a good coffee to have with it. Grab a magazine or book and chill at home in peace. I know this one sounds bit unrealistic to some people and you may be thinking to yourself, in what world would you get the chance, but I’m sure there is some part of the day it may be possible.
3 Run a bath and use some nice bath oils or fancy soaps. Little bits of luxury we can most likely afford. You could do a body scrub beforehand and maybe apply a face mask. Why not create your own spa at home and have a fluffy bathrobe and slippers ready? You could go the extra mile and light some scented candles or use aromatherapy bath oils. Make sure you have no distractions and just relax and unwind.
4 Catch up with a few good friends at home, in the comfort of your living room. Its nice to have some quality time with your best friends and often, its the best therapy. A good catch up can do you the world of good. Relax and have a laugh over a bottle of wine and some snacks. That way you don’t need to stress about getting ready to go out, dressing up or being on time! So much more relaxing.
5 Go for a nice long walk and stroll somewhere like the park or woodland. No power walking! Haha, the point of this is not exercise but leisure.. Just take your time and breathe in the fresh air. Notice all the lovely scenery and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don’t overdo it, a half an hour each way is plenty. You don’t want to wear yourself out. You want to feel energised after an invigorating walk.
6 Get a massage. If you haven’t had one before, i definitely recommend it! Its complete relaxation and your body really appreciates it. Especially if you have been stressed at all. Sometimes we develop knots in our muscles from stress and strain. A good masseuse will help with that and you will immediately notice a difference. I would recommend a relaxation massage rather than a Swedish massage as those can be full on!
7 Make a date night in and order takeaway! That way you don’t have to worry about making dinner or getting ready to go out. Arrange it with your significant other and if needs be, make arrangements to have the place to yourselves. That way you can really relax and unwind with no pressure on you to do everything or be anywhere.
8 Go for a hair cut or style and get your nails done. All of us love a bit of pampering so thats a pretty painted thumbs up. If you can’t afford it, you can always do it yourself. Not the hair cutting obviously! But a bit of pampering never went astray and it always helps boost your confidence and theres a lot to be said for that. Confidence is relaxation at the end of the day.
9 Get a babysitter if you have kids and need some time out. Some people don’t get any time alone from their children and that way its hard to focus on yourself. Why not get a babysitter for a couple of hours and do something you enjoy that you wouldn’t normally get a chance to do. Spending time by yourself means you only have to focus on you, therefore you’re allowed to be selfish!
10 Read a book when you have some free time. It really helps escape from everyday life. It can be like stepping into a fantasy world and you can forget about your own life and everything thats going on when you read. Grab a good book that interests you. I personally love chick-lit as its a light-hearted comedy that i can relate to. Anything at all that interests you and can keep you intrigued.
11 I read a tip recently and decided to give it a try. It was very soothing and felt great. The tip is to walk barefoot in the grass. It helps you become more at one with nature and it feels fantastic. Give it a go!
12 Go to the beach or a lake and have a swim or just chill there. Once the weather is nice, it’ll be really refreshing and do you good. The sea air is so pure and the sound of the waves is enchanting. Feel the breeze in your face. If its too hot bring a fan! That way you can still have the breeze in your face haha. Bring a nice beach towel and lounge for a while. Ahh bliss!
13 Try an aromatherapy diffuser. You can get some really nice essential oils these days. Do make sure they are certified and you can try out a ceramic oil burner to see if its something you’re likely to do regularly. If so, an aromatherapy diffuser is the way to go. Breathing in the steam of the essential oils has many therapeutic benefits. Lavender is particularly relaxing.
14 Arrange a playlist of all your fave movies or series on Netflix or Amazon Prime/Sky. If you have none of those, check out movies online or DVDs. Arrange a quiet night in with some of your favourite snacks and binge-watch your feel-good movies or series. Its a great way to unwind and escape your day to day life. Ah the little things in life!
15 Meditate or use self-hypnosis. I discovered the art of meditation and it opened up a whole new world of calm for me. You can download meditation tracks for free online. You then need to have a pair of headphones to plug into your portable device. For this to work, you have to give yourself at least 10 minutes with no distractions whatsoever in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Mediation can really bring you to another level of relaxation and clear your mind. Self-hypnosis is another great way to de-stress. You need to spend a little more time on this and its best done before bed at night or else in the morning as soon as you wake up. The de-stress hypnosis is fantastic for releasing stress and feeling great. There are also online downloads for free to try out.
Article by Ciara Doran Coolthingsilove.com