Self care is incredibly important for every aspect of life. It is particularly important to me as my mental health issues mean that I can find it hard to switch off and relax; even going as far as to believe I don’t deserve self-care.
Spoiler alert: I do…and so do you!
My current routine has been in the making for a few years now and it’s only recently that I perfected it. So, I thought I would share what I love to do to help me unwind and relax when I’m not feeling 100%. I may add to this routine in the future as time goes on, but here are six things that I love to do when I need to give myself some self care.
#1. Get into my PJ’s
Pyjamas are a magical piece of clothing, I swear. I don’t own a lot of pyjama sets but when I’m feeling down (and I’m at home…I would never be seen in public in pyjamas!), changing into some comfy pj’s never fails to get me perked up. Putting on pyjamas is always at the beginning of my ritual because I know that once they’re on, I’m not leaving the house and I can get really comfy.
#2. Make a hot drink
I had a hard time debating which drink to put down so I just used hot drink. This works particularly well if I’ve got a monster headache or if I’m freezing cold. At the moment I make a lot of hot chocolate with my vanilla soya milk and there’s nothing better than having a lovely hot drink to warm me up on a chilly day.
#3. Get away from social media
99% of my time spent online is browsing through social media and it’s always a great idea to switch off from it now and again. There’s been so many times where I’ve just sat through aimlessly scrolling through social media and I end up seeing things that I just don’t want to read about. So, the phone goes away and I give myself time to escape from it.
#4. Read a book.
This is something I don’t do enough and it’s one of my goals this year to get back into regular reading. I love being able to get immersed into a really good book as it allows me to escape the real world and dive into something new for an hour or two. At the moment I’m due to start reading Alfie The Holiday Cat* by Rachel Wells, which I got as a Christmas present.
#5. Pop on a face mask.
It’s not a proper self care ritual until I put a face mask on. There’s nothing I love more than taking time to look after my skin and give it a boost with a refreshing facial mask. I recently made a video talking about some of my favourite ones and depending on what my skin needs the most, I’ll chose from what I have. Lately, I’ve been gravitating more towards 1000 Millihelens from Lush.
#6. Have a bath.
And if things have been hectic and life has just gotten a bit too much, I love running myself a bath. I never used to have baths very often but now I set time aside to have a relaxing bath at least once a week. Depending on what kind of bath products I use e.g. bath bombs, bubble bars, fizzers, it can make a huge difference letting myself relax in the tub. A few nights ago, I tried out the Never Mind The Ballistics bath bomb from Lush (pictured above) and very much enjoyed the experience.
How do you practice self care?