Self-care is an aspect that everyone should integrate into their daily routine. Whether it’s a stressful day at work or a long week in your personal life, self-care should be of major focus. I think with how busy everyone tends to be, looking after ourselves tends to be overlooked. And then we push ourselves too hard, burn ourselves out completely and wonder why we’re not feeling good. I’ve got seven self-care methods of my own that tend to work every time, so I’m sharing them in today’s post in the hope that they can potentially help someone else out.
Self-Care Method I: Switching Off
Despite our absolute addictions to social media and the online world, it’s important to switch off sometimes. I find that I usually do this during the weekend. I don’t really tweet or use Instagram, and just take some me-time. Because I spend my week staring into a screen and constantly creating content, at times it’s exhausting to do so at weekends too. Spending some time away from my phone and laptop to take a step back and gain perspective always seems to help in these scenarios. When I’m switching off, I’ll take on simpler pastimes: watching movies, reading on my Kindle, listening to music, or going for a walk to clear my head. These are just some examples of how I spend my time, but they always seem to help regardless.
Self-Care Method II: Taking A Shower
Now don’t get me wrong, I KNOW that a shower is a necessary undertaking and should be done super regularly. Despite this, the whole process of taking a shower is an act of self-care for me on top of that. When I’m not feeling great, my hair’s a mess and I’m just completely downtrodden and unmotivated, a shower acts as a form of rejuvenation. I can wash my hair, shave my legs and put on a face mask, and bam, I feel like new woman who’s ready to face the day and take on the world. I’m not saying that this is the cure to all ailments or issues, but for me, it’s always a step in the right direction. I fully recommend trying this on a day when you’re not feeling so hot, and I hope that it helps you on the right track.
Self-Care Method III: Getting An Early Night
Simple, but effective. After a stressful day/week/whatever period of time, an early night can make all the difference. I’m not the best sleeper per se – I fall asleep easily, but I struggle to stay asleep. I’ve improved recently though, my current sleep routine is a simple one. Usually, I’ll open the window in my room, as overheating makes it impossible for me to sleep. I keep a glass of water nearby, and put an essential oil on my pulse points to fall asleep easily. I try to read before bed to wind down properly and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. The perfect balance for me is 7.5 hours of sleep. But sometimes I extend this at the weekend to really catch up and recuperate from a busy week.
Self-Care Method IV: Sleeping In
Off the back of my last point, getting a proper rest is another of my main methods of self-care. Considering the fact that I wake-up at 6AM every day for work, sleeping in is kind of a luxury. In saying that though, I don’t really like doing it. Sure, bed’s great, but I’d always rather get an early-ish night than sleep the day away. I love being an early-riser and getting out early in the day on adventures/being productive, whatever. One of my favourite bloggers, Rebecca from From Roses rises at 5AM to start her work day and I LOVE that. It might sound insane, but engaging in productivity super early in the day always brings me so much pride and satisfaction. Regardless of that, I know a good rest is necessary. So I let it slide some weekends and choose to sleep in for my own benefit.
Self Care Method V: Treating Myself
Come on, y’all had to know that this one was coming, right? I’m not one to focus on the materialism in the world, but let’s be real here. We all need a little pick-me-up now and again. And not only do we need it, we deserve it. I work Monday to Friday every single week, busting my ass to create fashion content for our company and clients. The salary that I earn from said job is spent somewhat responsibly, but I also choose to use some of it to treat myself now and again.
Even if it’s just a bottle of foundation or that perfect pair of boots you’ve been dreaming about for the last six months, you deserve to treat yourself now again. We don’t work to live, we work to be able to look after ourselves but also reward ourselves for a job well done. Somewhere down the line I plan on treating myself to a trip to Amsterdam, and also a car(!!!). Two completely different ends of the spectrum, but I’m excited for them nonetheless.
Self-Care Method VI: Looking After Myself
This could be seen in a general sense, but I’m kind of focussing on food intake here. As everyone does, I tend to feel quite sluggish when all I consume are carbs and sugar. Granted, I do try to eat quite well during the week when I’m at work… It’s at the weekend that I fall off the wagon and screw myself over, so to speak. Self-care in this sense looks like cutting back on the bad stuff, lots of hydration from fresh water and peppermint tea, and focussing on mineral and vitamin-rich foods. Granted, I’m not the biggest fruit and veggie fan* (*READ: I hate them), but I promise I’m trying. Seeing as I’m in my mid-20s now, I kinda have no choice… Eep.
Self-Care Method VII: Taking A Mental Health Day
I will always vouch for this, no matter what the surrounding circumstances are. I’ll fully admit that I’ve put everything on hold in the past, and put my mental health first. There’s genuinely nothing more important than preserving or improving one’s mental health where possible. So don’t ever feel pressured to put other things first, like work or school. If it won’t matter in five years, it’s not of the most major importance. So absolutely take that day where you think it’s needed. Your mental health is something to be treasured and looked after, so always put it first where you can, and never feel guilty for that.
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Have you got any self-care tips of your own?