As promised, here is a continuation of the list of simple self-care you can introduce to your daily life. (Here is part one!)
Try something new
It’s very good for us when we try something we’ve never done before. Challenging yourself with something outside our comfort zone can give you a sense of accomplishment, as well as enhancing your creativity, adding to your skills, and even boosting your memory!
Tip – Write a list of things you would like to try. It could be learning to cook a new dish, learning a language, trying a new sport, or something simple like listening to a new genre of music. Try to incorporate these things into your self-care routine by trying something new every day.
Get some extra sleep
Adults generally need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but it’s not always easy to achieve. During sleep, our brain restores and maintains our body, which helps us to reach our full potential when we’re awake. Try planning some extra time in bed by going to bed one hour earlier than normal, or allowing yourself to wake up one hour later
Tip: If you have trouble sleeping, try limiting your screen time in the few hours before bed, as the blue light can inhibit melatonin production, thus stopping you from feeling sleepy. Use a blue filter (night mode) on your phone/computer if you do need to look at it, but still try to avoid it as much as you can. For more tips on improving your sleep click here!
Go for a long walk
There are many benefits to taking a long walk – it gives you some time to relax, exposes you to vitamin D, gives you some exercise, and can help boost your mood. Try to set aside at least half an hour to get out into the fresh air.
Tip: Studies have suggested that how you walk matters! Try to stay present, enjoy your surroundings, lift your head high, put your shoulders back, and think positive! This helps to clear your head and lift your mood!
Clearing clutter and removing distractions from your home can have a positive impact in many ways! When a room is full of ‘stuff’, it doesn’t feel relaxing or peaceful – it can make you feel uncomfortable and discontent with your home. Decluttering can really lift a weight from your life. You’ll have more space, time, energy, and peace.
Tip: A good rule of thumb to go by is – if you haven’t used/worn it in a year, you probably don’t need it. If you find it hard to part with things, you could always try setting a date every few months just to get rid of 3 things you don’t use. It may make you feel better to donate them rather than to throw them away, that way they’re being recycled and going to someone who will use them!
Say thank you to someone
Being thankful and expressing your gratitude can have a positive impact on your health. It’s easy to do, but can be beneficial for both you and the recipient of your thanks. Is there someone in your life you’re thankful for? Has someone been helpful, considerate or kind to you? Let them know!
Tip: Everyone loves to receive thoughtful mail, so maybe take the time to write a thankyou card for someone explaining why you’re grateful to them. You’ll feel good afterwards, and no doubt they will too!
Dance like nobody’s watching!
Dancing is great for both your physical and mental health. When you dance your body produces endorphins, which promote feelings of fun, happiness, and relaxation. Dancing in front of the mirror can also improve body confidence, as well as helping to clear your mind and relax, letting go of stress, anger and frustration.
Tip: Create a dancing playlist, filled with songs you love and songs you can’t help but move to! Try starting your day by listening to this playlist, dancing as you get ready for the day ahead. Notice how it lifts your mood! You can also try dancing as you clean, or just setting aside time each day to have a little boogie!
Take a bath
Taking a warm bath is a great way to relax your body and mind. It can help you to de-stress, lift your mood, and even to sleep better. It’s also the perfect way to take a bit of time for yourself, and forget the worries and anxieties of the day.
Tip: Create a soothing atmosphere by dimming lights, perhaps adding some candles to the bathroom, and playing relaxing music. You could also add a few drops of essential oil to your bath to enhance your experience and help you to really chill out.