Self-care is taking the time to do relaxing or rejuvenating things for your mind and body to ensure a balance in your life. It helps to have a break from hardworking or stressful situations and ensures that when you inevitably return to these situations that you will be more productive. Although there are endless forms of self-care and what rejuvenates a person is subjective, I thought it would be nice share some inspiration about the most common forms of self-care that work for me and a lot of other people 🙂
Reading allows you to take your mind off whatever you have been working on or stressing about by focusing on another situation or topic. You can immerse yourself in a fantasy world with your favourite characters or read a real life topic that interests you.
Reading ‘P.S. I Love You’ by Cecelia Ahern
Face Masks and Other Beauty Products:
Taking the time to pamper yourself with face masks and beauty products is great for self-care. You are able to physically improve from using replenishing or beautifying products and mentally improve from feeling good about benefiting your body!
Using the ‘Himalayan Charcoal’ face mask from The Body Shop
Doing yoga physically stretches your body which makes you feel looser and more relaxed, plus it allows your mind to focus on doing the stretches and breathing deeply. If you don’t know any yoga poses, stretching your body in whatever ways feel beneficial will suffice (and most of the time ends up being yoga poses anyway!) or you can have a quick look online.
Play Relaxing Music:
Playing relaxing music can be accompanied to any of these self-care ideas and is great for creating a relaxing atmosphere. You can find lots of relaxing playlists online, or create your own combination of songs that are specifically relaxing for you!
Found on Spotify
Lighting candles can be paired with most of these self-care ideas and is great for building a calm atmosphere from dim lighting and nice smells.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your body to rejuvenate it is to sleep, whether it is day or night! This physically relaxes you and recharges your mind to be more alert when you return to your productivity.
Wearing an eye mask from Cotton On
Have a Bath:
Baths allow your body to physically rejuvenate through warming water and gentle bath products whilst your mind wanders. You could even pair it with some of my other self care ideas of lighting candles, placing relaxing music and sleeping while you wash all of your problems away!
Using the ‘Shoot for the Stars’ bath bomb from LUSH
Go on a Walk:
Going on a walk outside is super beneficial for self-care as you are getting some exercise in a less intense way and you can let your mind focus on the scenery or whoever you are with.
Creating art can be very calming and therapeutic for your mind, and it will nurture your creative side. There are so many possibilities of what you can do as well, such as colouring, painting, drawing, bullet journaling or scrapbooking!
Using the ‘Colour My World’ colouring book from Kmart
Meditation is great for changing your focus to a more calming situation. It can simply be taking the time to deeply breath or be more advanced by visualising a goal or happy place. You can also find plenty of guided meditations online if you don’t know where to start!