I meant to post this whilst I was on holiday, however things got a little on top of me on the days leading up to our departure and I didn’t get round to it. We got home saturday, yesterday was my birthday and today I’m now catching up on my blog and have a list as tall as me to get through. So, without me waffling on anymore, here’s my top 10 quick self care ideas.
Some days are packed full of things to do but if you’re not feeling on top of your game it can be difficult to power through. On days like this I like to invest 10-15 minutes in some self care to give myself that little boost that I need to get through the day.
I thought I would share with you my top ten favourite quick self care ideas.
When I feel like I need a little bit of me time a face mask is my go to. I don’t know about you but I find if I look presentable I feel a lot better in myself. Therefore my skin is a good place to start. In addition to this it allows me to take 10-15 minutes to relax – which is not something that comes easily to me! I’ll often scroll through my phone whilst sitting with the mask on because I prefer to constantly be distracted. This is something I’m working on improving but for now a face mask is a start!
Read a chapter of your book
This one should come with a warning – only treat yourself to a quick read if you think you can put your book down after a chapter or two. For me reading is the ultimate relaxation as it transports me away from all my worries and into an idyllic world of my choice. If I have a spare few minutes I make myself a cup of tea and indulge myself in a chapter or two – occasionally I can’t put the book down until I’ve finished it.
I’m not a fan of films and it takes a lot for me to get into a series. Instead I like to watch YouTube videos as they’re quite short and there’s a variety of topics depending on my mood. If I want to take 10 minutes out of the day I make myself a cup of tea and find a youtube video to watch – often it’s a what I eat in a day or a weekly vlog. I like to disappear into someone else’s world for a few minutes.
Have a coffee
For me a coffee is a huge treat. When I was at University it wasn’t unusual for me to pop out between classes to different coffee shops and have numerous cups throughout the day. Looking back I’m annoyed at how much money I wasted on coffee! I now occasionally treat myself to one out or I’ll pick up some ground coffee from the supermarket and make a cafetière.
This one will only work if you enjoy cooking or baking and it may take a little longer than 10-15 minutes depending on what you want to make. Sometimes when the day is getting on top of me I’ll take a break from work and prepare dinner for the evening. I really enjoy cooking and so this is a real treat for me to just relax and enjoy the process. If I’m feeling down or stressed then I bake. I find both cooking and baking to be very therapeutic and it requires both your body and mind to work together which allows you a break from whatever is spinning around your head.
Blogging has changed my life. Honestly. Before I began seriously blogging I was feeling really depressed with my anxiety. Whilst blogging itself has not helped my anxiety it has given me a reason to go out and to do thing to tell you all about. In addition to this I feel that blogging has immensely improved my depression. Taking 10-15 minutes out of the day to write down how you’re feeling and share it with others is surprisingly therapeutic. Also I’m completely overwhelmed by how supportive and lovely the blogging community are.
Go for a walk
This is a really helpful self-care idea when you really feel like you need a break from everything. Grab your earphones and go for a walk, even if it’s just round the block. I find this clears my head and allows me to take a break from my own mind for a while. It might not be for everyone as sometimes walking means you are alone with your thoughts.
If I’m having a self-care day the first thing I will do is tidy my bedroom and clean it. Once that’s complete I feel as though I can relax. There’s something about having clean and tidy surroundings that does wonders for your mental health!
Wash your hair
You may read this and think this is a bit of an odd one but as I mentioned above I feel at my best when I make an effort with my appearance. My hair causes me endless problems and so it’s usually just tied up in a bun. Washing my hair and styling it is a real treat and so somedays when I’m feeling a bit rubbish I make the time to put in the effort with my hair.
Sit outside for 10 minutes
This idea is weather reliant. On days when it’s nice outside I like to go for a walk to our local park and sit on a bench for ten minutes. Or if I don’t feel like leaving the house I sometimes just sit on the back doorstep with a cup of tea and enjoy the fresh air. Working from home I don’t get to go out and about much during the week and so it’s a nice treat to just enjoy being in the outdoors for a few minutes.
What’s your chosen approach to self care?