20 Feb How to Practice Self-Care Every Day
The idea of self-care emerged as one of the biggest trends of 2017 and has continued to become an industry of its own into 2018. Brands are jumping on the bandwagon with great new products and well-being focused philosophies. Not to mention an overflow of advice on how to best approach self-care.
But as trendy as the idea got through things like hygge and the worlds consent to spend ridiculous amounts of money on luxury skincare, are any of us actually properly practising self-care?
With busy and constantly evolving work lives to juggle with personal lives and the fact that we walk around connected via our phones at all times, our well-being is easily and understandably a secondary consideration. But now, I’m challenging you to carve out a little time each day, or even once a week, to take care of yourself.
It’s important to know that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to self-care. You may already know a few ways you can look after your well-being but lack the motivation to actually do it. If you’ve got no idea where to start, pick a few of the easy things you can be doing every day from the list below and find what works for you. If it doesn’t make you feel completely relaxed, refreshed and in control of your life, move on to the next.
Eat great quality food, but don’t forget to treat yourself – food is our bodies fuel and it is 110% true that you are, and you feel, what you eat. Eating delicious, high-quality, fresh and well-made food is great for the mind, body and soul. Taking time away from life to enjoy your meals is important too. Try eating your lunch in a nearby park and away from your computer and sit down at a nicely set table, with the TV off and your phone away, to have dinner.
Invest in a silk pillowcase – not only are silk pillowcases ah-mazing for your hair and skin (I’m talking less wrinkles and frizz-free mornings), they’re also just plain luxurious to sleep on. Sure they seem a little expensive for a pillowcase but when you consider the cost-per-sleep/wrinkle prevented/skincare that’s absorbed into your skin and not your pillowcase, they’re a small investment into a better night sleep. And we all know how important a part of self-care sleep is.
Find a form of exercise that’s right for you and do it regularly – staying active and working up a sweat is one of the most recommended ways of approaching self-care but often people mistake it to think that you have to join a gym and slog it out at a pump or cycle class three times a week. If you don’t enjoy high-intensity or gym centric exercise then that’s fine, don’t do it. Instead, you could join a local sport team, go for a bushwalk every now and then or even just walk down streets around your neighbourhood you haven’t been down before. Any exercise releases endorphins but it has to be something you love to keep you committed to doing it and getting the self-care benefit from.
Read a book (a real book) – I loved reading as a kid but struggle as an adult to put my computer away and pick up a good page-turner. When I do though, I quickly notice the significance of not being on my laptop or phone before bed and the way time seems to move differently when you’re reading. It doesn’t have to be a book about philosophy or epic poetry that you choose either. Anything that interests you, whether it’s an auto-biography, romantic novel, fantasy or even your favourite beauty book, can help you feel like you’ve had a great time out.
Other quick fixes include;
- Put on a facemask and take a bath
- Take yourself out to a new café and enjoy a coffee and piece of cake
- Start or finish your day with 5 minutes of meditation
- Pencil time into your calendar to just do nothing