Self care is any act that improves your physical or mental wellbeing. It may seem obvious at first – of course you take care of yourself, you wouldn’t neglect your own wellbeing! The problem comes when ‘life’ gets in the way – stress at work mounts up, you start losing sleep and eating badly. Taking time out in the day to focus on self care can yield great results in all areas of your life, and today’s blog is here to explain it for you.
Why practice self care?
Other than general wellbeing, self care is very important for mental health. People experiencing depressive and anxious symptoms may find it difficult to properly care for themselves, so taking steps to ensure that they do may improve symptoms. However, even if you don’t struggle with depression or anxiety, you can still benefit from self care! It’s been shown to improve productivity, immunity and to give a boost to your positive thinking. If you care for yourself, you end up with a general sense of calm and wellbeing, and will even be better equipped to help others if needed.
How to practice self care
There are lots of ways to practice self care – too many to list! We’ll break down some of the most common for you.
- Keep a journal of dreams, thoughts or both. Having reference points for when you’re feeling down can help you avoid triggers for these situations later on.
- Reminisce on old, happy times. Try going through picture books or chatting with a longtime friend.
- Make meditation a part of your daily routine. – it’s the perfect way to get prepared for bed, or even if you’re feeling particularly stressed that day.
- Take a walk somewhere you love, like a local park. Taking time out to clear your mind and focus on the beauty of the outdoors can work wonders.
- Take a mental health day if needed. Now, don’t take a day off every week, obviously! But sometimes if you’re feeling stressed, taking a day to do things that relax you can be the perfect pick me up to revive your motivation.
- Spend time with friends and loved ones. – this one should be self-explanatory! Nurturing your close relationships not only improves your mood, but also ensures you have a great social support group for if times get tough.
- Join a new exercise class. Learning something new and exercising while doing it? Double yes!
- Get a good nights sleep. Easier said than done sometimes, but head here to read about our favourite tips.
- Revamp your diet. Constantly chowing down on convenience food? Read up on nutrition and prepare a list for next time you go shopping. Cooking healthy food works wonders!
- Make health important. Make doctors appointments for things you’ve been putting off, and make sure you always follow up.
- Treat yourself to a massage or a bath with Epsom salts. There’s nothing like a toasty warm bath to melt all the tension from your muscles.
- Make exercise a part of your daily routine. You don’t need to constantly shred at the gym to benefit from exercise. Add in a daily walk or cycle and reap the benefits!
So what are your favourite self care activities? Let us know by commenting!