WHY SELF CARE IS IMPORTANT
Self care is about replenishing your own resources, not taking from someone else’s. Taking care of yourself is vital for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Self-care is sometimes looked at as being a luxury that the average person doesn’t have time for but if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will?
There is the old saying that “you can’t pour from an empty cup”.
15 SIMPLE SELF CARE IDEAS
1 – Gratitude – Practice daily gratitude, appreciate all that you have in life instead of searching and wishing for what you don’t.
2 – Go for a walk – Wrap up warm and force yourself out there! Breathe in that fresh air and acknowledge everything beautiful around you. Regular physical activity has so many health benefits.
3 – A hot drink – Make yourself a cup of tea, coffee or a hot chocolate and make time to drink it whilst it’s still warm.
4 – Eat healthily – Still have that cake but remember our bodies are like machines and what we put in, we get out. A healthy diet can make us feel and look better along with protecting us from so many health conditions.
5 – Drink plenty of water – Water is an essential nutrient the brain and body depend on to maintain optimal function. Personally I love to have a water bottle that I take with me everywhere I go.
6 – Call a friend or a loved one – This always cheers me up, a good chat with someone you love works wonders on your mental health.
7 – Learn a skill – Keeping our minds active can also be great for our mental health, learn something that is important to you.
8 – Get enough sleep – To all of you Mum’s and Dads easier said than done I know! Sleep can have a huge effect on how we feel physically and emotionally. We should try and get more than 7 hours a night.
9 – Get off social media – Have a break from scrolling, read a book, bake a cake, take a day and see how much more productive you feel.
10 – Light a scented candle – Burn some essential oils – relax and de-stress bringing some warmth and cosy light inside your home.
11 – Schedule self care into your day – I know it is hard to find that extra time but even if it is something simple from this list, just 10 minutes.
12 – Spend time with loved ones – It is the season for friends and family’s, make a
point of connecting with those who mean the most.
13 – Write a list – or two, or three, or four! Christmas can be a busy and stressful time so start now, write those lists and try to be organised.
14 – Identify 3 things that you would like to achieve in the next year – make a plan to help you achieve them.
15 – Book in for that treatment – Holistic therapy can have astonishing effects on our health and wellbeing, help your body to restore and maintain that balance.