Self Care what does that mean to you?
When was the last time you done something for you?
Completely and entirely for you?
Not something because you had to or you felt obliged to.
Something you actually wanted to do or love doing?
Many of you possibly won’t remember or feel you never have the time to do anything for yourself. Many of us lead busy lives and we end up pushing our own needs to the back of the queue and while in the short term this wont do any damage in the long term it can affect your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
But is self care not a selfish act? I hear you ask. In short no its not selfish at all. If you are constantly on the go without taking time for you, you risk burn out and becoming exhausted. If this happens then you won’t be able to take care of others or be at your best performance wise.
Whether you can only manage five minutes daily or an hour there is an array of things that you can do for you that are considered to be self care. It would be impossible to cover everything in this blog post.
1) Meditation is a fantastic way to de-stress and relax and has a whole host of benefits. There are a lot of different styles of meditation and it is about finding what suits you. I enjoy guided meditation and there are a lot of videos on you tube and apps available on the app store. Just pick one that suits you, put your ear phones in and get comfortable and follow the instructions and your good to go.
2) Take time out to go a walk surrounded by nature. This can be amazing for your health on all levels. Walking amongst greenery can boost your mood and lower stress levels as well as benefit your physical health.
3) Make a coffee date with a friend. Spend time catching up chatting and laughing. Don’t set how long you go for so your not restricted or clock watching.
4) Podcasts are a fantastic way to relax. There are lots out there on personal development as well as comedy ones. So whatever you fancy there will be something to suit your needs. Podcasts can generally be accessed online or via an app.
5) Taking time to read a personal development book. Not only will this help with self improvement but will give you some much needed time to switch off from the external world while you become engrossed in the book.
6) Do your weekly shop online. While avoiding the stress of the hustle and bustle in the supermarket you are also freeing up time. Why not invest that time to get your nails or hair done or even go for a nice relaxing massage.
7) Do some focused breathing exercises. This is also amazing for reducing anxiety and to lower stress levels. You can also do them anywhere. Breathe in for a count of four, hold for four, out for four, hold for four and repeat as many times as you wish. You can find some breathing techniques here.
8) Switch off from Technology. Yes your mobile phone and turn off the notifications and try to avoid constantly checking. Use this time to reconnect with others by having a face to face conversation. Making a point of doing this regularly will help improve relationships you have with others. Even setting aside one day a week to do this and planning a family activity where everyone has their phone off.
9) Adult colouring is also a good way to quieten the mind while you concentrate on the task in hand. Adult colouring also has a very calming effect.
10) Make time for a nice long relaxing candlelit bath. Even adding some Epsom salts to the bath and soaking for twenty minutes has amazing benefits and helps to aid sleep. This is an ideal way to add some pampering such as a hair mask, face mask and applying a luxurious body cream afterwards.
Self Care is giving the world the best of you rather than whats left of you, Katie Reed