AD // Self care should be a part of all of our lives and daily routines but we have to remember that self care looks different for everyone. Whilst someone might consider a relaxing bubble bath with candles and a book a valid form of self care, someone else would rather go for a run or head to the gym for a banging workout. Which is also valid. In this post, I’m going to be sharing things to do for self care that will fit effortlessly into your day!
Basic self care is just as important as the big things too, for example, attending your cervical screenings when you’re invited and any other procedures we might need in order to maintain our self care. I’ve always had problems with my ears, ever since I was a kid, so attending an ear clinic in London would be beneficial to me in that regard.
Self care doesn’t always have to be something big and elaborate. Whilst every now and again, a full-on spa weekend is what we need, realistically, it’s not something most of us can just drop everything and go and do whenever we feel like it.
So we need to find those small pockets of self care throughout the day which help to keep us grounded and stable. These will look differently to everyone, depending on your job, routine and responsibilities. So here are some things to do for self care that you can fit effortlessly into your day!
Here are 12 things to do for self care that you can effortlessly fit into your day!
Drinking enough water
I drink a lot of water, which started when I started suffering from anxiety. I found that water was calming me, so it’s a habit I picked up and am really glad I did. This is a vital act of physical self care, don’t neglect it!
Keeping a journal
Journalling doesn’t have to be long and elaborate either. This is something I always struggled with because I assumed I wasn’t doing it “right”. Well that’s 100% BS. However you journal, is fine. Writing down a couple of things each morning or night is still beneficial.
Wake up earlier
This is obviously one that will depend on your circumstances but if you CAN, then waking up just a LITTLE earlier than you already do can be a great way to improve your self care because it will give you time to stretch, breath, journal or just sit in silence.
I don’t care what you read. Just read. And as for things to do for self care, this is high on my list as an avid reader. This can be slipped easily into your day by reading before bed, on the train, in the bath, on the toilet – you name it!
Honestly it takes 30 second every morning. Stretchhhh girl. We can’t all fit in half an hour Yoga sessions in the morning before work. Great if we can but if not, a little stretching session will help.
Related read: 5 Yoga Practices For Stress Relief
Take moments to breathe
Throughout the day, I’ll just stop and take a huge deep breath and it feels amazing. We all need to do this throughout our busy days. Learn how to breathe properly from your diaphragm and stop and breathe once in a while.
Get outside (or as close to it as possible)
Greenery and nature is so beneficial for our mental health and a lot of things to do for self care can come from being outside. Even if it’s a 10 minute walk on your lunch break. Do something to get some fresh air.
Do one thing you love each day
Read on the train. Use your favourite moisturizer. Watch half an episode of a TV series. Spend time in the garden when you get home from work. Get your favourite Starbucks drink. Whatever it is, make time to slot in one thing you love every day for self care.
Up your skincare routine
Most of us have skincare routines anyway. We do them in the morning before we start our day and in the evening before bed. If you’ve felt like you’ve neglected yours, then this is a great point to help boost your daily self care.
Related read: How To Create A Skincare Routine That Works For You
Drink a cup of your favourite hot drink
In the morning before work is a great time to do this. Just spend a couple of minutes to make your perfect drink and savour it (if you have time). This one is pretty simple but effective!
Tidy up as you go
Whether that’s when you make dinner or if you’re working at your desk, a great thing to do during the day which I find helps with mental clarity, is ensuring the space I’m occupying isn’t super messy!
Text a friend or family member
After the year we’ve had, it’s important to stay in touch. Sending a nice message or having a quick conversation with a loved one is a great, small but effective act of self care to add into your day!
Do you do any of these things every day? What would you add to this list? Let me know!
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