Self Care can mean different things for different people and it’s something I think everyone should incorporate into their lives on a regular basis. We often think about self care as things to do when we’re feeling down but I really think these are things that should be done regularly to avoid that burn out run down feeling, rather than using them to try and ‘fix’ a problem. Here is a list I have compiled which is a mixture of things that I do regularly and things that I turn to when I need a pick me up.
- Bubble Bath – Who doesn’t love a bath? The more soaps, bath bombs and salts the better. I love a bath after a long sweaty day at dance that’s so hot it almost burns your skin and you come out bright red, in the desperate hope it helps my muscles to ache even slightly less the next day.
- Face Mask – This is something I wish I did more often but rarely make time for, but how amazing does your skin feel after?!
- Meditation – This is something I’ve wanted to ‘get into’ for a while and I can’t say I’ve been too successful at it. But there are loads of resources on Youtube, podcasts and apps (I downloaded Heapspace about a year ago and can’t say I’ve even opened it but I’ve heard it’s good?) If anyone’s got any specific recommendations on this please comment them below!
- Yoga/Stretching – Ok so this is kinda turning into a list of things I wish I did more of. You can’t beat a bit of yoga to refocus your brain, bring your attention back into your body and notice how everything’s feeling. If you don’t know where to start with Yoga I really recommend Yoga With Adriene. Stretching is so good for you to increase blood flow, release tension and can prevent injury.
- Workout – I separated this from Yoga although Yoga is a perfectly valid workout, sometimes I love a really hardcore Bootcamp session to get me feeling my best again.
- Take a Walk – You can’t beat a bit of fresh air! Either alone with your thoughts or with your favourite playlist, it’s great to get some steps in and take in your surroundings.
- Gratitude – Have a gratitude notebook and every time you’re feeling a bit crap, right down everything you can think of that you’re grateful for – this could be absolutely anything no matter how big or small it might seem to you. Then you’ll have all those things to look back on and appreciate.
- Journal – Sometimes it just really helps to get all your thoughts out on paper, it doesn’t have to go anywhere and you don’t have to say anything out loud, but offloading it onto paper may help you to make sense of a situation or free up space in your brain.
- Cook/Bake – I’ll admit this one isn’t one that I personally do very often and can find cooking more stressful than therapeutic, but if you know how to make delicious sweet treats then this is aimed at you. On another level, just cooking yourself a nutritious meal whether that be a simple breakfast or fancy dinner, that is also looking after yourself.
- Treat Yourself – This is probably something I do a little too often and spending money when you’re feeling down isn’t a good trap to fall into, however if you have been working super hard for a long time and don’t remember last time you bought something for yourself with your hard earned cash, then this one is for you.
- Call a Friend – Talk it out! If there’s something playing on your mind, getting it off your chest to another person can be so much more relieving than just writing it down. Even if that person doesn’t say anything back or doesn’t know how to help you, even just vocalising your thoughts can make it seem a lot less stressful.
- Read a Book – Turn off your phone, stop reading twitter and start reading a book. Whether that’s a book from your childhood, a novel you’ve been wanting to start, a self help/personal development book or even just a recipe book, take time away from everything else to focus your mind on reading from physical pages with no digital distractions.
- Take a Social Media Break – Log out of social media, completely turn off your phone for a few hours, or even delete your social apps for a whole week and see what the detox does for you. You’d be surprised at how long you spend on social media without even realising. Notice how you feel without it!
Let me know what your go to self care tips – hopefully I gave you a new one or two!