Self-care is a big trend at the moment. But just because it is a trend, that doesn’t mean it isn’t also an extremely valuable activity, and one that we should ALL have been doing right from the start. Simply, self-care is looking after yourself. It means taking a moment to remind yourself you’re doing okay, to enjoy yourself, to pamper yourself, and to eat well. These simple changes mean you attack life feeling and looking better, and they mean you actually get some enjoyment out of it along the way.
Seems simple, and yet it’s something many people still don’t do. So read on, and let’s take a look at 30 easy ways you can start looking out for number one (that’s you by the way.)
Meditation means finding a quiet moment to direct your attention and focus on your state of mind. It is linked closely with mindfulness, and it can help you to find moments of calm where otherwise they didn’t exist. Not only does this teach you to cope with life’s biggest challenges, it also helps you to develop your grey matter! Check out this awesome playlist for your meditation: 777 Meditation
2 Spend Time Outdoors
In beautiful lush environments, ideally! This triggers key hormonal changes, and helps to boost your health. It’s also great for stimulating a sense of calm, not to mention creativity. Grounding ( connected to earth by walking barefoot on grass) will help with releasing stress and anxiety.
3 Keep a Photo by Your Bed
Keeping photos of friends to hand is a great way to remind yourself of the people you love. We evolved in small tribes, and studies show that seeing
“faces” first thing in the morning can release key beneficial hormones.
4 Have the Right Grooming Regime
Grooming yourself is important if you want to look and feel your best. Moreover though, the simple act of taking care of yourself is an important ritual that can help you to find calm and release tension.
Exercise improves your health and your looks, but also stimulates the release of beneficial neurotransmitters for an immediate mood boost.
6 Call Friends
Keeping photos around does wonders as we’ve seen, but better yet is to call a friend. This is especially important if you feel lonely from time to time. But either way, calling friends can help you to encourage a larger support network which is amazing for your psychological health. The same goes for family.
The best part? It helps them too, which is amazing for your own mood.
Why not call on hands-free while cooking?
7 Message Friends
Messaging friends is an equally valuable way to stay in touch which can be just as healthy. Send a joke, or ask how a friend is doing, and it can open up a conversation that leaves you BOTH in much better moods. You can also send them a playlist you like. Click here to share this playlist
8 Use Positive Mantras
Positive mantras are phrases that you can repeat to boost your mood or confidence. The great thing about this, is that it will not only offer a short term benefit, but in the long-term it can actually raise your general mood and esteem. That’s because thinking this way can become habitual and internalized.
9 Make Note of Complements
It is often said that we give much greater importance to insults and things that go badly, than we do to complements and things that go well. To put a change to this, write down all the kind things you hear people say to you. Not only does this help you engage with those comments more, but it means that whenever you need to, you can read back through those comments!
10 List Things You’re Grateful For
This is called ‘cultivating gratitude’ and it’s something many of us could benefit from. Essentially, it means thinking about things that you’re thankful for, and then taking the time to remind yourself of those things. This in turn allows you to focus on positive emotions and to remind yourself to enjoy what you already have – instead of always chasing after what is next.
11 Find Time for “You Time” Every Day
If you go through life constantly rushing from one job to the next, then you will never be able to actually enjoy your time. Not only that, but “you time” will allow you to pursue hobbies and interests that make you happy. Warm bath with bathbomb (Check out our Zen Bathbomb) and some candles is a weeky ritual i pratice to love on myself. Some people prefer a good Self help read so do what makes you happy.
12 Get Enough Sleep
Getting sleep is crucial to your health, your mood, and even your long-term psychological well being. You owe it to yourself to get at least 8 hours. Sleep helps your body recharge and keep your mind sharp.
13 Dress Yourself Well
Dressing well ensures you look better, which in turn means that others will perceive you differently. The “law of attraction” tells us that this can eventually lead to great things happening for us. Not only that, but when you dress yourself well, you send a sign to yourself and to others that you believe you are worth adorning in those nice clothes.
14 Decorate Your Home
Decorating your home well can mean surrounding yourself with things that make you happy. A tidy and well-presented home is also great for reducing stress that can come from clutter and disorganization. While you might not feel like you have the time, taking some time out of your schedule to clear your home and make it look beautiful can ensure that everything else you do feels and goes better.
15 Take Holiday
Just take the time off!
Too many people feel they have to work extremely hard all the time, and that they can never take a day off. If they do, then surely it will mean that they’ll be slacking, and that they will look bad in the eyes of their employers. They’ll be shirking responsibilities, leaving it to others, and doing a poor job!
You know what? If you take a day off today, no one is going to notice. And when you look back on your life years from now, you won’t even remember. What you will remember is being ill from being overworked, or missing out on amazing opportunities.