We are all aware of the importance of self-care but its still one of things we’re all guilty of pushing aside without a second thought. I always use the excuse of “There’s too much I should be doing instead” or “I don’t have time” and yet those are probably the times I should be trying even harder to look after myself!
Just taking a little bit of time for yourself each day can make such a difference to your mood and your mental health. Have a glass of water when you wake up in the morning. Listen to a podcast on your way to work. Read one chapter of a book before bed each night. There’s always something you could do for a little me-time!
Here’s some ideas for simple self-care than you can do each day:
List 5 Things That Made You Smile
Drink More Water
Go to Bed Early
Have a 1 Hour Digital Detox
Spend 15 Minutes Listening to music (even if it’s just while you do housework or take a shower!)
Wake Up Early
Cuddle with a pet! Or a partner! Or even just curl up with a duvet and a hot drink!
List 5 Things You are Grateful For!
Organise a space in your home – even if it’s just a cupboard, a drawer or your bedside table!
Read a chapter of a book – you might find you read more!
Watch an episode of your favourite show
Message a friend or a family member
Meditate for 5-10 minutes
Go for a Walk
List 5 (or more!) Things You Love About Yourself
Have Something Special for Breakfast! Pancakes? Waffles? Full English?
Learn Something New! Perhaps a new skill, a new exercise, some new facts about a topic you enjoy.
Take a bubble bath! Get some magazines, candles, wine, a movie – treat yourself!!!
Do some stretching exercises!
Wear something that makes you feel great! I love my yoga pants and oversized t-shirts but it’s nice to have a change
Buy yourself some flowers to brighten your day
Watch a movie you haven’t seen before
Treat yourself and order in dinner!
Spend some time colouring
Do something you’ve been putting off! Especially those little jobs that will only take 2 minutes.
Listen to a podcast. I love listening to podcasts on my way to and from work each day!
Cook a healthy meal
Watch a documentary
Take some photos of things that make you smile
Whenever I find myself feeling a bit overwhelmed or rushed of my feet, I love to sit down with a cup of tea and read a chapter of a book. Or watch a film I’ve never seen before. No matter how small, taking time for myself always makes me feel like I’ve achieved something!
What are some of the things you do to look after yourself each day?