What does Self-Care mean to you?
Self Care to me is taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. It is the acts of love and kindness towards ourself that help us improve. It is giving yourself that time no matter how long to recharge your batteries and show yourself a little bit of attention. However, the word ‘Self Care’ is some what thrown around over different platforms of social media to where the meaning of this term is some what lost and it can be transformed into something it is not meant to be.
What I have realised about the topic of self care is that it’s not all about trying to live a some what healthy lifestyle by cramming in varieties of fruits and veg and smashing the gym for an hour a day. As much as I love the gym and it has helped me improve my mental health, I have come to a realisation that Self-Care has a much more deeper meaning. Over the past year I have started to take the time to actually practise self care and taking charge of having that special “Me” time.
Fitting self care into your daily routine I know can be difficult. However, just including a simple but small task into your mornings to kick start your day can have a knock on effect on how your day can plan out plus it can set you up for a positive mindset for the day ahead, as you have took that time to do something special for you. It could be as simple as tidying your room before you head on out for the day, spending time with loved ones or giving yourself a few minutes sat outside drinking a lovely cup of coffee. For me personally, it is a must that I cater myself with that time whether it be first thing in a morning or the last thing I do at night. By involving some sort of kidness towards yourself this can uplift and transform your mindset and benefit in feeling better.
With the mental and emotional, you have to find the underlining cause of the situation and solve it. It might be hard and uncomfortable and it might even be scary but it will be worth doing in the long run. It’s worth being open and honest about situations and getting your throughts and feelings out in the open whether that meaning talking to somebody or writing down everything in a journal. Doing what is best for your health, wellbeing and happiness is doing what is best for you.
Below you will find some of my suggestions from my personal list that you could add to your self care routine.
- Reading books
- Being creative- painting/drawing/scrapbooking
- pamper yourself
- Binge watch favourite tv shows
- Movie marathon
- Watch some Youtube videos
- Listen to your favourite music
- Take yourself out for a coffee/lunch
- Cook a meal/bake for the day
- Take time for you
- Treat yourself
- Go for a long walk
- Spend time with people your love
- Clean your surroundings
- Put on your fairy lights and light a candle
- Have a no social media day
- Do yoga/stretch
- Move your body
- Candle lit bubble bath
- Try something new
- Try some positive affirmations
On a final note (as I could go on forever writing lists of self care ideas) doing something small for youself or something extravagant is still practising self care, focusing on yourself and taking care of you is what I have grown to learn over time. You can only do what is best for you, as you know you better than anybody in this world. Sticking at what you truly love, dream and staying true to yourself.