In light of National Mental Health Awareness Day, here is a list of self care tips to help you in your journey.
1. Say No
This is definitely something a lot of us struggle with, especially for me, as I have come to realise I am a people-pleaser. But life can get difficult and we certainly do not need other people to make it even more difficult. Create boundaries, reflect on whether something will benefit you and unapologetically refuse anything that does not align with what you want to do.
2. Eat Breakfast
Yes, I understand that breakfast is not for everyone and I will not preach about the health benefits of having a good breakfast. BUT, breakfast is pretty awesome. Taking extra time in the morning to make yourself something that will nourish your body with nutritional goodness can make the biggest difference to your day.
3. Show Gratitude
Self-care is not only about how you treat yourself but also, how you treat other people. Showing gratitude towards those around you, reminding loved ones how much you care about them and even giving someone a compliment does wonders for your mental well-being. Like the law of Attraction, show goodness and goodness comes back to you.
4. Listen to your Favourite Song
Whether you are on your way to work or getting dressed in the morning, listening to your favourite song just gets you in the feel-good vibe.
5. Netflix and Chill
There’s nothing better than having a free day to have some down time. We regularly need time to re-energise, even if it means taking time for ourselves to do nothing but watch our favourite TV show or doing something else you enjoy. We often get bogged down with work and life forgetting that we also need time to relax and recuperate.
6. Take a Walk
Exercise, Nature and Fresh Air – need I say more.
7. Get off Social Media
Having a “Social media cleanse” once in a while gives you the opportunity to reconnect with reality and the present so we can realise the beautiful world we live in. I recently took a 4-month social media hiatus and my relationship with others changed. I spent more time catching up with friends (because I was not updated via Instagram) and spent more time reflecting on the role of social media in my life.
8. Have a skin-care routine
Take care of yourself because no one else will. This means eating healthily, having a hair and skin routine and exercising. Your body will thank you for it.
9. Treat yourself
Buy that outfit, eat that cake, book that holiday. Once in a while you should do something spontaneous that makes you happy. Your soul will thank you for it.
Whether you practise meditation or not, everyone knows that slow controlled breathes are beneficial in calming the body down. A basic rule for me is; breathe in for 5, hold for 5 and breathe out for 5. Do this a few times and you’ll be able to take better control of a situation.
That’s it! Those are my 10 self-care tips. Hopefully some, if not all, will resonate with you and help you along in your journey to self care and self love.