Tuesday 12 November 2019

5 Ways We Could All Be Practising More Self Care

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Finding time for ourselves never seems like a priority does it? Even more so when you become a parent and have a little person to think about all the time. But whether you are having a particularly bad day or just feeling overwhelmed and tired of the day to day slog, finding time for self care can really help our physical and mental well-being. 

Here are 5 simple and easy ways we could all incorporate into our day to day lives to help us practice more self care and look after ourselves a little more. 

Treat yourself, it doesn't have to be costly! It could be a new candle to light on an evening, a new piece of clothing or even booking yourself in for a hair cut or beauty treatment. But make sure it is something just for you, not something for someone else that you "might" enjoy too. If you are looking for something less materialistic you could even consider booking yourself in for a therapy session help you overcome any issues you may be dealing with causing you to be more stressed or anxious. Mental health counsellors are pretty amazing when it comes to dealing with these kind of issues and helping you open up. 

If you worry about money or don't feel comfortable in spending a chunk of money in one go why not start a little self care saving fund? Pop your lose change inside or set a small amount each week such as £1 a week or something similar. Then promise yourself then when you have enough (or every so often etc) you will use that money to treat yourself to something just for you. 

Taking time to look after your general health sounds like a no brainer but when you always seem to be busy, its simple things like this that we often overlook! Booking in for an eye test, finding time to get your flu jab or making sure you keep up with your dental appointments. You can book your dental care in with your local NHS dentist who regularly accept new NHS patients or you could book in for dental care from Gallery Dental.

I know from my own experience that I often put off visits to the doctors when I have felt ill, or postponed my smear test as I haven't "had time" but we can all find time to make sure we stay fit and healthy. This is all part of self care and we cant be the best version of ourselves if we don't keep ourselves fit and healthy in the first place! 

Meditation or Yoga is a mostly low cost/free way of taking time for yourself. Yoga is a great way of taking time out of your busy schedule to have a little "you" time. It can help you to clear your mind, focus your breathing and best of all it can be done for any length of time so can fit around you and your schedule. 

Practising Yoga can help not only your physical health but your mental health too, the practise of yoga helps you understand how to calm your mind and release any negative energy that may be building up. Physically yoga can help with strengthening, improving flexibility and toning. 

Meditation if another great thing to practice for wellbeing. The idea behind meditation is teaching you ways to clear your mind through breathing and guided visualisations to help decrease stress and worry. 

Whichever you prefer, either are a great way to take time out for yourself. 

Fit "you time" into your every day routine! If you do the school run every morning why not walk home the scenic way and take in your surroundings or just enjoy the quiet. Or perhaps you pass a coffee shop on the way home, why not stop by and grab yourself a hot coffee or delicious hot chocolate to give yourself a little boost. 

If you drive to work, why not make yourself a CD of your favourite songs and have a bit of a sing along on your way to work, it works wonders for boosting your mood! 

Don't be afraid to say no. Sometimes the solution to our worry, stress and anxieties can be the simplest thing, saying no. Most of us want to help others, we put ourselves out to ensure others are ok but sometimes that can leave us feeling drained and exhausted. Whilst its lovely to help others sometimes we have to put ourselves first and realise that its ok to say no. 

Of course this works the other way too and sometimes it can feel great to step out of our comfort zone and say yes more too! Maybe you have been wanting to try something new, make more time to go out with friends or make a luxury purchase. Sometimes we just have to say yes and enjoy the road it takes us down. 

How do you find time to fit a little self care into your routine or is it something you would like to find more time for? 


**This is a collaborative post in which I received a fee.**

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