The internet (and particularly Instagram) may lead you to believe that self-care is about taking a hot bath and posting a picture of you ordering take out and doing a face mask.
But self-care is actually about doing whatever it takes to look after yourself.
We often find ourselves looking after others, and while empathy and caring for others is an important quality to possess, it is also crucial that you take the time to preserve your own wellbeing.
Self-care is about being proactive and mindful of what you and your body need and not feeling guilty about doing what is right for you.
Once you start looking after yourself better, you may be surprised at how much you did for others that took away from your own health and wellbeing.
The process of self-care becomes much easier once you get used to it. So here are five tips to help you introduce different methods of self-care into your daily life.
If you want to take better care of yourself, you should start with these simple life-changing tips:
1. Be Mindful Of What You Are Eating
What we consume and put into our bodies has a huge impact on how we feel both physically and mentally. Therefore, you should be more mindful of what you are eating and drinking.
You should begin every day by drinking a glass of water as soon as you get up as this will kickstart your metabolism, which will help get your body ready for the day. It is also important for your physical and mental health that you stay hydrated throughout the day.
While it can often be tempting to comfort eat when we are feeling down or eat convenient foods to fit around our busy schedules, foods high in fat can often make us feel lethargic and are lacking in nutrients.
2. Say No To Things
Often you can feel obliged to go on that night out you agreed to go on, even though you could really do with an evening to yourself. But it is important to say no to the things that aren’t enriching or benefiting your life.
Don’t allow yourself to be railroaded into doing things you don’t want to do and just be honest with your friends and family about how you are feeling.
3. Create Your Own Space
It is important that you have your own space that you can make cozy and inviting.
After a long and stressful day at work, you can feel overwhelmed, but by having a welcoming bedroom with throws and candles, you can relax and take the time that you need to unwind.
A safe space is a perfect environment for your self-care activities.
4. Treat Yourself
If money is tight and you are trying to get some savings behind you, then you can find that every dollar you earn is accounted for. However, you should allow yourself a small budget of money for you to treat yourself with.
Whether that means buying that dress you have been wanting for ages or spending the money on a lunch out with a friend, it is important that you reward all your hard work.
Treating yourself doesn’t have to cost a fortune and with dozens of health and wellness coupons available, you can save money when treating yourself to your favorite treatments and products.
While the power of social media does have some benefits, it can often leave us feeling inadequate when we spend our free time comparing ourselves to others through their Instagram feed.
So, unplug your Wi-Fi and take a break away from the pressures of social media.
While self-care means different things to different people, there are various methods of self-care that you can quickly and easily introduce to your life.