Self care is a big part of my life and my daily routines. I’ve learned over the last few years of really delving into self care, the different types of self care and what self care means to me that it comes in all different shapes, sizes and forms. A lot of self care that we learn about online is usually very surface level.
There are a ton of different areas and aspect of self care to think about. From basic self care and spiritual self care, to delving deeper into self care practices with the help of things like life coaching and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and more. Self care is a concept that is constantly evolving within each of us, depending on where we are in life and what we need.
I’ve written SO MUCH content about self care and it’s because we’re always changing that I’ve been able to do that. I sometimes look back on my posts about self care from 4/5 years ago and see that I don’t actually do some of the things I used to do anymore, simply because they just don’t align with my current 29 year-old self.
Comfort is a key part of my self care routine in my day to day life. I’m an empath, I get affected quite easily by external things and other people’s emotions. I also have a history of anxiety and struggle calming my nerves at times. Which in turn can make me stressed quite quickly and easily. So I need comforting practices scattered throughout my day to keep me grounded and feeling safe.
The beautiful thing is, is that all these practices will look different for all of us. What I’m sharing here are my super simple things that I like to do daily to help me feel comforted, even when I’m facing a stressful situation or time in my life. They are very specific to me, so I’d love to hear what specific comfort practices you include in your daily routine, too!
Start my day with a cup of tea
This has to be a must for any British person but I always start my day with a cup of tea and it’s usually in one very specific mug as well. Tea tastes better in certain mugs – that is a hill I am willing to die on.
Watch my favoruite YouTuber’s whilst eating breakfast
Along with my tea, I’ll grab some breakfast. Usually scambled eggs or pancakes with yoghurt and fruit which is my favourite at the moment. Whilst I’m having breakfast alone in the morning, I pop on my favourite YouTuber’s latest videos and sit quietly and enjoy.
The (almost) daily part of the title applies to this point because I don’t practice Yoga every single day. But I try and get the mat out at least 5 times a week and it’s a hugely comforting part of my routine. My mat is one of the safest places I’ve ever established for myself.
- 6 Things To Start Your Yoga Journey
- 5 Yoga Practices For Stress Relief
- Common Misconceptions of Yoga
Write my gratitudes and monthly intentions
I have a big ass notebook planner thing where I write gratitude and intentions every single morning. I like to do an end of the month ritual where I set intentions for the month ahead, so I simply copy those out every day to remind myself of what I want to be focusing on this month.
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Lunch and boxset
This is a big one for me because I’ve done this more or less every day for years – even when I’m not at home I’ll still somehow find a way. I also work from home, so carving out that dedicated time to sit down for lunch and just chill with whatever series I’m currently watching is really important to me.
I feel off if I don’t have a book on the go or if I go through a long period of time without reading. If that happens, then I know my mental state is really not good. Reading has always been and always will be, one of my most comforting activities.
- 10 Books I’ve Read More than Once
- 6 Books I Think Would Make Great Movies
- 5 Authors On My Auto-Buy List
Smooch my dog
This is an obvious one but most dog (or pet) owners will know how comforting your animal can be. Not a day goes by (unless I’m away) where I don’t give my pupper a smooch and a cuddle. He instantly makes me feel better, even on days where I feel like absolutely shite.
Spend time in my office
And finally, one that’s been a new addition into my routine from 2020 and that’s my home office. I love having the luxury to chose whether I want to work from my office or not (some days I simply just feel like I need to work from my bed and that’s absolutely okay) but regardless of whether I work in there or not, I always spend some time in there to exercise, practice Yoga, read or meditate because it’s such a beautiful space.