In my opinion, there's two levels of self care.
Number one being – take care of yourself on the most basic level. Shower, eat at regular times, eat generally nourishing foods, get enough sleep. Now this might sound silly to some of us but if you're a shift worker, work from home or have a crazy AF life, these might be the best you can do. And that's fine!
Number two is all those things brands have conjured up in our minds about bubble baths and face masks. Which is very lovely too.
Either way, it can be said that carving out some time for self-care is not just desired, it's NEEDED. You cannot fill from an empty cup girls. Meaning you can't just continue to go-go-go and give-give-give, without feeling run down, getting sick or feeling emotionally drained.
It's not selfish to do these things and I think you will find that by creating a small window of time for yourself, you will allow room in your head for peace and inspiration. Essentially I think self-care is a time to be mindful of what it is you need or want in that moment. #listentoyourbody
So, with that being said, here are 10 things you can do for yourself:
1) Go for a walk – around your neighbourhood, down to the park, or on an actual trail.
2) Read a book, an e-book, the newspaper (free if you sit in a coffee shop, although you might have to buy a coffee). If you find a "take one, leave one" stand somewhere, you can trade your old books for "new" ones. Or go to your library and get books.
3) Meditate or do yoga at home – there's thousands of free videos on youtube, or you can find meditations on Spotify as well.
4) Have that bath or lovely hot shower, all by yourself (no screaming kids), exfoliate and slather yourself in lotion and try to calm your thoughts.
5) Sit down and watch your favourite show or movie, phone on airplane mode, just veg out and relax.
6) Have a dance party in your living room. Turn on some bangerz and get into it. Get that body moving, the blood pumping, sing and dance.
7) Paint, colour, draw, just do something creative. Most of you will have paper and a pencil. Just start, let your hand do the talking.
8) Call a friend or family member. Connecting with someone that you haven't talked to in a while can be quite helpful to get out of your head. Ask them about their life, their travels, their journey and learn something new. Have a deeper conversation than you normally would.
9) Cook a nice meal. You may already have ingredients or you can buy some but they don't have to be fancy or expensive. Create a luxurious meal time by plating it nicely, turning the telly off, and sitting down to the table. By slowing down and enjoying the food, and the company; I bet you'll feel more satisfied.
10) Just do something you love, something that feeds your soul and makes you happy – gardening, playing an instrument, cooking/baking, birdwatching, going for a drive, the possibilities are endless.
If you're not sure what you need or want, I have just the thing for you. I created a fun and quick quiz to help you decide. Just like the ones we used to do in magazines growing up.
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If you need help from a partner or friend to watch the kids or whatever, just ask. Tell them what your feeling and why. Ask if they can help you by ______________. You don’t need to bog them down with details, or share your life story but by doing it this way and coming from your heart-place, people love to help.
I'd love to know how you go with this, so leave me a comment below. And if you think of any more things that don’t cost a thing, let us know below.
You got this hun! Imagine how great you'll feel. And it would be awesome if you could make it part of your daily/weekly/fortnightly routine (depending on what it is).