What is self care?
Self care is something that everyone is talking about these days, but what is it?
To put it simply self care is looking after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.
I’m sure you’re all aware of my struggles with my mental health and I find that by indulging in some self care I can alleviate some of the other problems that might contribute towards a bad mental health day.
Always take some time to look after yourself. I have compiled a list of 50 different ways in which you can indulge in some self care.
Have a bath
There’s something so relaxing about running yourself a bubble bath – whether you light candles or play music it’s some much needed me time. I love catching up on a program or two whilst lying in a bubble bath.
Indulge in some skin care
For me feeling good inside is influenced on how I feel I look on the outside. It’s not for everyone but I enjoy indulging in some skin care and I feel better in myself for taking care of my skin.
Do your make up
Whether you spend an hour on your face or just pop some concealer on it can really give you a little boost. I enjoy the process of putting my make up on, it’s my time to catch up on some Youtube videos.
Do your nails
Again, doing my nails makes me feel like I’m looking after myself. I only tend to do my nails for special occasions and so when I do them just for the sake of it I have happy connotations.
Wash your hair
Something so simple as washing your hair can make you feel so much better about yourself. Self-care can be so simple some days.
Do a face mask
I’m not very good at doing nothing and putting on a face-mask forces me to slow down for 10-15 minutes. You could treat yourself to a read of your book or a scroll through social media whilst you let the mask work its magic.
Do a hair mask
Who doesn’t love nourished, glossy hair? Hair masks are an easy way to indulge in some self-care and you can always find some ingredients lying around the house to make a natural mask. I tend to use coconut oil.
Food and Drink
Treat yourself to a cup of tea (coffee or hot chocolate)
When I’m having a busy day working and it feels like everything is getting a little bit much I take a break and have a drink. My go-to is usually a cup of tea.
Enjoy every sip of your drink before you return to the stresses of everyday life.
Have some chocolate
Sometimes only chocolate will work. Why not have a cup of tea AND some chocolate?
Make yourself a smoothie/milkshake
If hot drinks aren’t really your thing or you want to feel like you’re giving your body some nourishment why not make a smoothie (or a milkshake if you’re feeling like treating yourself)? Making something from scratch can be very therapeutic as you focus on the physical actions – plus you get a yummy treat at the end!
Meal planning is a form of self care, not just a chore. For me meal planning takes the stress out of the week and so it’s calming to know that at the beginning of the week I can sit down for 5 minutes to make a plan and thus eradicating the stress for the rest of the week.
Plus I just love a plan.
Have a glass of wine/ G&T/ Whatever your favourite tipple is
This isn’t for everyone and you shouldn’t do it too often but sometimes an alcoholic tipple at the end of a stressful week can be just the ticket. I don’t drink very much and I’m a huge lightweight so occasionally when I do have a drink it’s somewhat mentally and emotionally soothing.
Have a take away or a fake away
Depending on your budget and personal preference treat yourself to a yummy meal. Whether you get a take away or create a cheap and healthy alternative at home it’s bound to be yummy.
Eating breakfast can set you up for the day and physically keep you ticking over. Don’t look at it as a chore of a morning, consider it a contribution towards your daily self care.
Have your 5 a day
Eating your fruit and vegetables contributes towards keeping you physically in shape. As I said above, don’t look at it as a chore but look at it as your self care for the day.
Exercise and Wellbeing
Complete an exercise video
I don’t know about you but I always feel better both physically and mentally after exercising. An exercise video at home can be as quick as you want it to be and leave you feeling much better.
I know, I go on and on about meditation but honestly the benefits are amazing. Take ten minutes to clear your mind and ground yourself and you’ll feel the benefits.
Go for a walk
Going for a walk is similar to exercising, however I find the slow pace adds to the experience. You can listen to music or just enjoy the peace and quiet – whatever works best for you.
Do some yoga
The affects of yoga are similar to meditation just with some exercise thrown in too. You can go to a yoga class or simply find a quiet space in your house and find a yoga class on Youtube – it’s flexible!
Drink more water
I feel like I’ve really got my life together when I drink lots of water. Not to mention the fact that I’m physically providing my body with what it needs.
Practice your breathing skills
When I feel a panic attack approaching I try to regulate my breathing to calm myself down. Breathing techniques are best implemented with practice and so taking some time out to practice can really benefit you in the long-term.
Go to bed early
Treat yourself to an early bed time to ensure you get the full night’s rest that your body needs.
Don’t be afraid to sleep in occasionally to let your body and mind recharge.
Be vegetarian/vegan for the day
I’m a vegetarian but sometimes I try to have a vegan day. I feel better about myself and healthier when I only eat plant based. Unfortunately I don’t have the will power to go vegan completely but this is the next best.
Listen to your favourite songs
Music can have a huge impact on how we are feeling so grab your favourite tunes and have a listen (or even a dance).
Read a book
Reading a book transports me into a happy place and leaves me feeling content when I put it back down and carry on with my day.
Do some crafting
Crafting comes in all shapes and forms so there will be something out there to suit you. Lately I’ve been upcycling some furniture and I’ve had so much fun! I’ve not had time to think about how I’m feeling because I’ve been too busy living in the moment.
Catch up on your favourite show. I don’t have a very good attention span for watching programs and so I often find myself on Youtube spending ten minutes catching up on some videos that suit my interests.
Mentally I feel so much better when my surroundings are clean and tidy. Plus if you put lots of effort into cleaning it can also work as a mini workout.
Treat yourself to something
Treating yourself can be one of the best ways to make yourself feel happy. A treat can be anything from making yourself a cup of coffee to calling your friend up for a chat. Don’t overcomplicate your treat.
See a friend
Human interaction is greatly underrated when it comes to self care. Mentally or emotionally when you’re feeling a little under the weather a good natter to a friend can leave you feeling much better.
Take a nap
Sometimes we need to listen to our body and when it’s feeling tired and exhausted we should have a nap.
This is something I have been doing more often lately and I’m so much happier for it. I would say yes to everything and push myself mentally, however I realised I was only saying yes for other people’s benefit. Now if I don’t want to do something, I don’t. I think people have been surprised at me finally standing up for myself.
Give it a go, it’ll make you feel happier.
Avoid toxic people
Why should we be forced to keep toxic people in our lives? You might not be able to cut them out of your life but you can do your best to avoid them.
Write a blog post
Writing can be incredibly cathartic and so when you’re feeling like you need to express yourself – WRITE!
Turn your phone off for an hour
I promise you that an hour away from your phone will make you feel both mentally and emotionally more relaxed. Saying that, I do understand that there is a time and a place for a phone. When my anxiety is bad mine acts as a good distraction, especially if I’m in public.
Have a Cry
Don’t be afraid to cry. I’m a big believer in letting your emotions out, I tend to feel better after having a pity party for one.
Adult colouring books can be so relaxing and they pass the time so well. They’re a fantastic distraction if you’re counting down the minutes until an appointment, etc…
Set some goals
Setting goals is a very personal thing, however it can help you mentally and physically to motivate you to achieve them.
Look through your photos
When I’m feeling a little upset I flick through my photos of happier times to remind myself that things will get better and how lucky I am to have so many amazing memories.
Sit in the sun for 10 minutes
Unfortunately here in England the sun only makes rare appearances and so this isn’t an everyday self care. However, when the sun does come out I love to sit out in it for ten minutes. It’s so incredibly relaxing and it makes me feel so much happier.
Plan a holiday
Having something to look forward to is often key to pushing yourself through difficult times. If you’ve been considering booking a holiday then just take the leap and book it!
Plan a trip out
If funds won’t allow you to book a holiday then simply just plan a trip out. A trip can be anything from visiting a new place to just packing a picnic and walking to the local park.
Read some positive quotes
Just reading some positive quotes makes me feel as though I can tackle my list of things to do. Life is tough but we’re stronger.
Go for a drive
Going for a drive is a great way to clear your mind. You have to focus on the driving and so there is little room for your brain to process anything else.
Write a gratitude list
It might feel difficult to think of anything that you’re grateful for but that’s the point of this list. It forces you to look at and appreciate the littler things in life.
Take a day off
When things are getting on top of you don’t be afraid to take the day off. Hide under your bedsheets and ignore the world for the day if that’s what’s going to make you feel better.
Speak to someone on the phone
Speaking to someone can really help you vent your pent up stresses and emotions. If you really don’t feel up to speaking on the phone then why not send an email or a text?
Create a morning routine that works for you
Starting your morning with a routine is the best way to get you motivated for the day. It might take a lot of self-control to stick to this routine but the results will be worth it.
Create an evening routine that works for you
An evening routine can really benefit you. Ensure you wind down for the evening and you should hopefully find yourself getting a better night’s rest.
How do you implement self care?