Self care is something thats been talked about a lot the past few years. Some people call it selfish and others say self care is necessary. It seems like there is a balance to strike in getting self care right. Self care is important for everyone because without self care you can’t take care of others.
And with us spending even more time at home I thought we could do a self care around the home, room by room. Of course this is just generally speaking. Wherever you decide to pamper, indulge and relax is entirely up to you!
- Make sure you get daily water intake use a water bottle to keep with you.
- If you have a blender make a smoothie. Try out different ingredients with fruit and vegetables from day to day to see which ones you like the best. If there’s something you don’t like that you know is good for you throw it in the smoothie.
- Try a new recipe for a meal for yourself and the family. We can often get into the routine of cooking the same meals for quickness. Just search a couple of your favourite ingredients and see what recipes it comes up with.
- Baking something sweet. Self care doesn’t have to be strictly healthy all the time. Treat yourself to a dessert every now and again.
- Enjoy a glass of wine! They say red is better but as long as it’s in moderation.
- Growing some herbs. Whether you have got a garden or not, you can grow your own little pot of herbs in the kitchen.
- Exercise is important for physical and mental well being. The living room tends to be the largest space in the home, to get some good stretching in.
- Chill out and watch a movie or some Netflix for a couple of hours.
- Get cozy on the sofa under a chunky knit throw blanket.
- Aromatherapy can help with relaxing and relieving some stress. Light your favourite candle or incense sticks.
- Connect with a friends and family via phone or video call. Maybe send a voice note. Self care doesn’t mean isolation, laugh and talk with those closest to you.
- Read a book that inspires you or gets your imagination going.
- Leave your phone out of your bedroom. We tend to keep our phones by our side day and night but keep your bedroom a phone free area when going to bed. That way you’re not going to be staring at the bright screen before going to sleep. And it won’t be the first thing you reach for when waking up.
- Try waking up earlier. The early hours of the morning is a good way you get some free time for yourself. And you should have no problem getting a good sleep when it comes to bedtime.
- Set up your bed properly with good quality linens and sheets. Not only will it look great when you walk in to your bedroom, when it comes to bed time you’ll sleep better. Layer up the bed with blankets, and cushions for extra comfort.
- Praying is a way of talking about our hopes and fears and getting them off our chest.
- Meditation is helpful for concentrating our thoughts on positive things rather than the negative.
- If you’re feeling brave turn the shower tap on to cold for 30 seconds. Cold water releases endorphins.
- Take a long bath with bath salts and bubble bath and relax.
- Have you got a skin care routine? Changing or adding a couple of things can make all the difference. You don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive creams and treatments. You can try a something natural and homemade.
- Buy a face mask or look to see what’s in the fridge and make your own.
- Adding a hair treatment or mask to your hair routine will be an improvement in your hair and how you feel about yourself.
- Give yourself a manicure just a trim and filing will help if you’re waiting to go to the salon.
- Don’t forget your feet too!
- If you have a garden get some things growing in there. Pretty flowers or try your hand at planting a garden patch. Nothing better than home grown!
- Sit and enjoy the garden and make it an extra room outdoors, especially during the summer!
Your Home All Around
- Decluttering your home makes a huge difference in how you feel in your day to day life. Depending on how much there is to do the effort is well worth it in the end! You can download my 7 Step Declutter Workbook here.
- After you have the place organized you can think about a little home improvement. This can be small things such as styling your bookshelves or changing a light pendant. Small things make a big difference.
- Try a new paint colour for a room. Choosing the right colour for a room can change how feel within ourselves.
- Have a walk about your local area or a walk around the park.
- Journalling helps you get clear on your thoughts, goals and ideas. Even for the to do list the next day. Writing it out on paper means less going on in your head.
- Listen to some of your favourite music. Classical music is supposed to be soothing.
- Listen to an inspiring podcast or Youtube video.
- Make something, try your hand at some crafts.
- Take a course. You might want to try something new or might want some extra help to step up a notch on something you’ve already been learning.
- If you have a pet spend some time stroking or playing with them. They’ll appreciate the attention as well.
- Bringing in some flowers and plants into the home always lifts the spirits. It also makes the home extra welcoming.
- Do nothing! Enjoy the sounds or the quiet of your home and savour the moments.
What’s your go to for an hour or two of self care practice? Let me know in the comments below!