When it comes to care, we tend to put ourselves on the back burner as our families, friends and commitments come first. But taking the time to care for ourselves is vital for our health and well-being and maintaining a positive mindset.
Here are 6 of my favourite acts of self care that I like to indulge in when I’m in need of a little self-loving:
- Scrapbooking: I picked up my first Smash Book a few years ago now and I absolutely ❤ it. I take clippings from magazines, photographs from trips, my favourite quotes and pick up bits and pieces in craft stores and arrange them all in my scrapbook. You don’t have to be the most creative person in the world to enjoy scrapbooking, it is simply a great way to let out some creative energy – they make great keepsakes too.
- Reading: so simple yet so effective. Reading gives you a chance to escape from the mundane activities of every day life. Whether you’re into self-help books or fiction-novels, reading is a great way to disconnect from any stress you have going on. My favourite place to read is in my garden where it is lovely and peaceful. At the minute I’m reading The Anxiety Solution – great for anyone who fancies learning a bit more about anxiety and how you can learn to control it.
- Pamper time: when was the last time you truly pampered yourself? I’m talking about a bubble bath, candles, nail-painting, the works! If you can’t remember then its probably about time that you had a little ‘me time’ and just focused on YOU. If you don’t enjoy/can’t have a bubble bath, you can always just listen to some relaxing music whilst burning a lovely scented candle.
- Baking: as a full-time student who also works part-time, the closest I get to baking these days is watching the Great British Bake-off. But for me, when I actually do get around to it, I find that baking is actually really therapeutic. From picking a new, yummy recipe, to getting your hands all dirty and popping your masterpiece (lol) in the oven – baking can be a great way to unwind. Of course, the best part is being able to bake whatever you have created afterwards! Why not set aside some time in the week to bake something that you’ve always wanted to try?
- Going for a walk (whatever the weather): It may sound so obvious, but walking is SO good for you. Regardless of the positive affect it has on your physical health, walking has an amazing affect on your mind too. Being around nature helps us open our eyes to what’s around us, and by going on a mindful walk we can disconnect from all of the shit we have going on and focus on the here and now. It’s also a great way to gather inspiration and focus. Whether it’s a short 5 minute walk around the block or you’re out for an hour, try fitting a mindful walk into your day.
- Meditation: I am still fairly new to the whole mediation thing, but since I’ve started, it really has changed the way I act, think and feel. It allows me to switch off from the world around me and focus on relaxation. If like me, you struggle to switch off, meditation can really help with just taking some time to centre yourself and help achieve a more balanced, calm mindset. I like to practice guided meditation and found that YouTube was a great place to start. Try this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkVvpfld7DQ
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Lots of love ❤