As we get older, we start getting too busy and forget to take care of ourselves. We’re so busy living life, we forget to enjoy the little things. Not resting enough or indulging in the pleasantries life gives us has become way too common for people, making us think this is a luxury. Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity! I don’t mean splurging on expensive spa trips, buying pricey gifts but rather days where you get your nails done, putting your feet up instead of spending the day running around. If you want to spend money on expensive treats for yourself and spa trips, by all means do so; but for those who are not into that, there are plenty of other ways to unwind from the stresses of life. Take care of your mental and physical health because you only get one shot at it.
This is one of my favourite self-care treat because you literally feel so relaxed and rejuvenated. Putting on a face mask before starting the day or even after a long stressful day is so refreshing. There are so many masks you can try to get different results. My favourites are from ANATOMICAL which you can pick up from Urban Outfitters for £1.50. They leave your face clean and moisturised and have you feeling like a new person. Going to the nail salon to get a mani-pedi is another way to pamper yourself. It’s such a relaxing treat and it gives you time to enjoy the little things in life. Going to the salon and getting your hair done is incredible. Doing your own hair gets tiring you never get that salon finish, so why not book an appointment today!
CLEANING YOUR SPACE
Having a clear out and tidying is such a therapeutic thing. Putting all your things in the right place, sorting out the pile of clothes you have building up and finding things you thought you lost, is a long but rewarding journey. You’ll feel less stressed, more focused and you feel like you have your shit together. Clearing out your wardrobe and donating things you don’t need will make you feel better because, if you’re like me, you’ll feel less guilty picking up some new pieces! Give it a try, clean out your wardrobe and rearrange your room and notice the difference.
Going to the gym or taking up some classes to keep yourself healthy and in shape in an important thing to do. Exercising releases endorphins (which make you happy), release stress, therefore, benefiting you both mentally and physically. At the start it’ll feel like a chore, but you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Sleeping earlier is such a hard thing to do when you’re a busy person. Trying to balance all the things life throws at you and getting at least 5 hours of sleep seems enough. Treat yourself to a week of sleeping early, because we all know you can’t change your sleeping pattern in one night. You’ll notice you’ll work more efficiently and your body clock will switch you to morning person. I tried sleeping early last week and I felt the difference. I had a lot more energy, cut my coffee intake and felt like I had a more productive day. After sleeping early your body starts waking you up earlier and the trick is to get up and do something. Make yourself some breakfast, go for a run or have more time getting ready for the day.
Learning how to cook your favourite meal is one of the best things. Indulging in a meal you’ve created for yourself is a treat. The whole process is so relaxing and fun. Play some music and take your mind off stressful things. Try making something different and experiment in the kitchen, you’ll feel like a kid wanting to share what they have learnt. Getting into the habit of this will allow you to start meal prepping for the week and you’ll even save money from all the takeout’s!
TAKING UP A HOBBY
Working on your creative outlet is a stress-free path to happiness. Indulging in the hobbies you enjoy and doing what makes you happy is the ultimate self-care tip. Whether you enjoy photography, playing sports, fashion or even write a blog, pursing these activities ultimately make you happy because you are working towards something you’re passionate about. Taking time out of your own schedule to learn something new is such a fulfilling thing to do. Reading a book, watching a documentary, wholesome conversations with someone. You’re feeding your mind and expanding your knowledge.
Self-care doesn’t only mean physically pampering yourself, it means doing things you enjoy and putting yourself first. There are so many ways you can go about making yourself happy and relaxed. I’ve only listed a few but if you have others, share them with your friends, family, co-workers and anyone you think may need it. Remember, it’s not selfish to put yourself first if it will affect your mental and physical health. You deserve to treat yourself with some time alone to enjoy life.
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