Self-care is a term that’s been thrown around the internet for a few years now. Depending on what you read, it could be advice for a frazzled mom who needs a bit of me-time, to a soul-searching voyage of self-discovery. For most people, it falls somewhere in between.
Check out this list of self-care ideas to really reconnect with yourself.
Look After Your Physical Self
You know the saying, a healthy body, healthy mind. Keeping your body in as good a condition as possible and can really help you to find an equilibrium. Practices such as Tai Chi and Yoga are excellent to help you really connect with your body on a deeper level.
Try and put good things into your body too. Staying well hydrated really does have life-changing effects for your health and wellbeing. If you’re looking for that hydration boost, IV therapy is becoming increasingly popular. Learn to enjoy feeding your body with foods that will feed it rather than the quick fix of junk food.
…And Your Mind
Many self-care guides tell you to relax, to meditate, and try and live in the moment. These are all great techniques for calming a worried, stressed mind. Some people find it exhilarating to challenge themselves mentally. If this is you, learning a new skill can far more beneficial to you. Modern life is often stressful but extremely repetitive. We don’t get the chance to indulge our interests or work our minds on an intellectual level. Now, you don’t have to go out and get a Ph.D., but try something that will challenge you, such as an online course, or a book in a subject you have never studied before.
Do a Digital Detox
Many of us live our lives online. Research by Nokia showed that the average adult checked their phones 150 times per day. That’s just the average. Some of us do it much more.
Now, ideally, we would want to take a complete break from technology for a few days, or longer. Many people will find that difficult. Instead, start with putting your phone away for an hour or two a few times a week. Eventually, you can try and go an entire weekend without being glued to your cell phone.
Do Absolutely Nothing
As we know, modern life is stressful. We constantly feel the need to be doing something. It just feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day. When we do try and slow down, we are constantly worrying about things that we think we should be doing.
Embrace the life-changing art of doing absolutely nothing. Make some time to not only clear your schedule but clear your mind too. Don’t worry that you’re not being productive or that you should be doing something else.
Let your mind wander, but if you find yourself thinking about to-do lists, chores, or anything stressful, then bring your mind back the present again.
Do nothing and revel in it. It’s good for your soul.
Utilise Essential Oils
Self care is of the mind and the body: and essential oils offer a ton of benefits for both. Here are some of the essential oils you can use and their benefits:
- Tea tree oil – this fresh smelling oil has many health benefits such as neutralising acne and clearing sinuses.
- Lavender oil – struggling to sleep? Place a few drops of lavender oil in your bedroom and the comforting aroma will send you to sleep.
- CBD oil – controversial? Perhaps. But this oil has a number of benefits such as reducing inflammation, chronic pain, and anxiety – read the Remedy Review to learn more.
- Rosemary oil – this oil might not be for you, but it is for your home. Place drops of rosemary close to cracks in the walls and windows to stop pests from entering your house.
Create Your Own Perfect Day
One of the best things you can do to improve your self care game this winter is to plan a perfect day. From the moment you wake up, spend your entire day doing exactly what you love and nothing more. You could wake up with a coffee and sit in bed with a good book, enjoy your favourite breakfast, and spend the morning on a sunny walk or doing your favourite hobby. Enjoy an extravagant lunch and spend the afternoon watching movies, having a bath, and pampering yourself. Dinner can be whatever you love the most, and with a glass of wine you can’t go wrong!