Mental Health Reviews

10 beneficial things you can do for yourself each day 

If you know me or follow my blog you might be aware that I’m a huge advocate for self-care. Self-care is a term I’ve only really come to know (and love) since starting blogging. Before joining the big ol’ blogosphere, I obviously knew we had to take care of ourselves, take time for ourselves and focus on our physical and mental wellbeing – but I didn’t realize quite how important and crucial it was. Especially the mental side of the coin. 

My relationship with self-care comes in waves and it’s certainly not as healthy as I wish it was. For example, I tend to be able to focus more on self care when I’m in a good place mentally. Which isn’t necessarily the time when you need to focus on self-care. And when I’m in a dreadful place mentally? I sometimes just punish myself even more. Which I know I shouldn’t do. It’s something I’m working on and will continue to work on and it’s important to just notice where you’re not in alignment with your focuses and beliefs.

But, like I said, I focus on self-care to an extent every single day. I don’t believe there’s a single day that should go by when you don’t take care of yourself and put your needs first – even just for 10 minutes. The littlest of things can also make the biggest impact, especially if they’re done repetitively and incorporated into a routine. Here are X things that I do every single day which I find are beneficial to you and your self-care and wellbeing!

1. Writing down something I’m grateful for every single day: and a perfect excuse to buy a cute new notebook. I’ve been doing this every day for almost a year now and whilst some days it’s hard, it makes you reflect on the good, rather than the bad.

2. Drink enough water: if you don’t like plain water, try a infused bottle crammed with fruit! That way, you’ll stay hydrated and get nutrients and your water will taste sweet and fruity.

3. Stretch: nothing fancy, just super basic stretches of your arms, legs, fingers and neck. Noticing any tightness or pain that might need to be looked at later on in the day.

4. Yoga: I always try at do some yoga each day. Whether that’s 10 or 40 minutes. I like Tara Lee, who has some fab DVD’s and Yoga With Adriene on YouTube.

5. Take care of my skin: just making sure all your make-up is off and your skin is clean and taking that time to focus on you.

6. Eat breakfast: I never miss breakfast, again, I find this is ‘me’ time. I tend to pop a YouTuber I like on to watch whilst I’m eating.

7. Putting my phone down: this is something I’ve really been trying to incorporate more recently and that’s switching off from social media for a few hours every day. Twitter will be there when you get back.

8. Read: as an avid bookworm and book lover, I’ve always done this and I believe I’m better off for it. But I 100% read every single day. If you don’t like reading novels, find something you do like.

9. Tidy up: a clear space means a clear head. One of the first things I do every morning is tidy my room (because I work from home). But if you work in an office, tidying your desk could have the same effect.

10. Do something I enjoy: I usually opt for watching a documentary or binging on YouTube, playing my favorite video games (Until Dawn on the PS4 is my current game of choice!) or watching a film. Please, take time to do something you like even if it feels unproductive.

What do you take the time to do for yourself each day which improves your mental or physical well-being or incorporates self-care? Let’s chat!

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

86 Comments

  1. […] making self care more important, slowing down, etc. Jenny from Jenny In Neverland wrote this 10 beneficial things you can do for yourself, which I’ll be taking on board.  Scarlett from Scarlett London also wrote 10 Ways To Improve […]

  2. Love an excuse to buy a new notebook too. I’ve really started to enjoy reading wellness/ mindfulness magazines there is one called breathe which has little bits of things to do in to relax and give yourself me time.

    Jen xxx

  3. Hello
    Yoga is my wish one day I will start😛

  4. Since I moved to do my masters, I’ve realised how little I look after myself. I only read for uni, my sleep is all over the place and I’ve not been drinking enough water lately either! It’s about time I started looking after me so thank you for your top tips!

    Sian x
    http://www.theenglisheverygirl.com

    1. You’re welcome, take care of yourself! xxx

  5. StephsWorld says:

    Great positive post Jenny ❤ I always right something down that is positive from the day, even if it wasn’t a great day!

    Steph xx
    http://www.stephsworld.com

    1. Me too! There’s always something (: xx

  6. I make it a habit of mine to stretch before I do anything else in the morning now!! & Tidying is definitely one of my favourite things to do, it helps me to be 10 X more productive xx

    Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com

    1. Stretching is sooo good for you!

  7. I completely agree on drinking a lot of water, you don’t realize how water effects you until you drink a lot.

    1. Right!!!

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  9. What a lovely post – I try to do a few of these and I also like to make myself a meal too!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    1. I love making myself dinner!

  10. Couldn’t agree more with having a tidy! I always work better in a clear, neat space x

    1. Same here! I’m so more productive when I do (; xx

  11. i really need to start eating breakfast more and looking after my skin better!

    1. Breakfast is a brilliant meal (:

  12. Yes Jenny! Posts like these are so important as just little reminders that self-care often isn’t as hard as you might think! you can easily do a lot of these things in 5 minutes and they really will make a difference to your day, so thank you so much for compiling this list, you’re a star!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. Exactly! I love the “basic” self care because it really can make all the difference! xxx

  13. themymanylovesblog says:

    I love this! I really need to get into eating breakfast again, i just can’t stomach food so early in the morning! X

    1. Ah really? See I can’t leave the house without eating, regardless of what time it is!

  14. Jenny, I really, really needed this today. Its so easy to get caught up in things and try to think so hard about ‘bigger picture’ things to make you feel better when you’re right – doodling, sketching, stretching … it’s so nice to have time to do these things. I’ve been meaning to start a gratitude journal for ages too, I think it’s such a lovely idea!
    Bookmarking this for days when I’m in need of self-care 🙂
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

    1. Awh I’m so glad you’ve found it helpful! A gratitude journal can work WONDERS 💚 hope your day improves. Take some time for you xxx

  15. I love this post. Self care is so important!! The one thing I struggle with is putting my phone down. It just has everything on it. Whether it’s texting my mum, blogging, Facebook, making plans, booking clients in… or taking photos of Jake… I am always off it when playing with Jake though so I guess that’s time away from it haha xxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    1. At least you have a set time where you’re away from your phone and don’t think about it (: xx

  16. Kayleigh Zara says:

    I could definitely use with doing the first one! I always forget about the good things on a day to day basis and it would be so helpful x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    1. For sure it definitely helps (:

  17. some great advice. For me reading is such a big part of my “me time” it really helps me relax and shut off from everything.

    1. Same here although it does depend on the book sometimes!

  18. This is absolutely fab Jenny! I definitely agree that having a few hours away from your phone can be hugely beneficial and I always have to have breakfast otherwise I can’t function properly x

    1. Neither can I! I literally cannot leave the house without breakfast!

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