Thursday, 16 February 2017

11 Ways to Practice Self-Care

We all need to practice self-care, whether you struggle with mental health or not, it’s important to take time for you. Work, family, friends and social media can leave us feeling under the weather and we spend less time on keeping our minds and bodies in the best condition.
Self-care is about creating little moments that make you feel relaxed and happy. I thought I’d share my favourite things to do when I’m down or need to press the reset button.

11 Ways to Practice Self Care

1. Grab a book
I’m guilty of endlessly scrolling through social media platforms for hours, it’s just become a habit. I try and put my phone down and pick up a book instead. I’m currently loving Jo Malone’s biography and Sali Hughes ‘Pretty Iconic’. It’s a great way to relax the mind before bed.

2. Candles
Way before the ‘hygge’ trend, I adored candles. They just create a cosy atmosphere and if you pick scents like lavender and cotton, they can be very relaxing. My current favourite is Yankee Candle’s Soft Blanket, it’s a clean cotton smell, I highly recommend it.

3. Skincare
We often forget to look after our skin when we are stressed or feeling low. I find a face mask and a good moisturise can make your skin look instantly more away. Elemis and Clarins have products with the most relaxing scents, they feel luxurious too.

4. Bathing
You can literally wash the bad day way with a bath or shower, I just feel instantly refreshed. If I opt for a bath, Lush’s Comforter Bubble Bar is my product of choice. I also love the Blue Skies Bubble Bar and the Butterball Bath Bomb. I’ve been trialling some Hunkemoller products from their Wellness range. The brand create the most beautiful underwear and nightwear, so they know a thing of two about creating cosy and feminine products. I have the HKM Spa Shower Gel and Spa Body Oil, both feel luxurious for the affordable price point.

5. Walk
Even a 10 minute walk can blow off the cobwebs and clear your head. I’m not a lover of the gym so this is my way of being active.

6. Spend Time with Family and Friends
I always try and pop to a friend’s house for a cuppa if I feel down. Even if I don’t talk about any issues or problems, it’s just nice to be in someone’s company and have a giggle and a chat.

7. Food
Treat yourself to food that soothes your soul, whether that be a hearty meal or some chocolate, savour the taste. I usually make myself a Whittard’s hot chocolate, it’s delicious but also helps me unwind before bed.

8. Write
Grab a pen and paper and just write things down - how you feel, what you are grateful for, plans for your year and goals. I find it really helps transferring my thoughts from my mind to the paper.

9. Netflix and Chill
Gossip Girl is my go to when I want to chill out and enjoy a cheesy TV show.

10. Sleep
There is nothing better for your body than a good night’s sleep! Try and switch off electrical items off an hour before bed. Grab a book, see point 1. Have an early night and hopefully you’ll feel refreshed in the morning!

11. Look at cute pictures of animals
My stress levels drop instantly when I see a cute cat or dog. Just try it!
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I'd love to know how you practice self-care, please leave me a comment!
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