Self-Care Simplified

In a world where it can feel like you’re just bouncing from one task to another, it can be really easy to forget all about self-care. Who’s got time for that anyway, when the list of things to do seems to get longer each day, rather than shorter, no matter how hard you try!

And because self-care can feel a little bit indulgent, it’s usually the first thing that gets put to one side – after all, you’re the only one that’s missing out, so at least it’s something that you can not do without being asked any questions about why you didn’t do it!

But that’s where the big mistake lies, because self-care is probably one of the most important things on your to-do list, and definitely not something that should be endlessly pushed to the bottom of the list, or right off the end of the list never to see the light of day….after all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so surely taking care of yourself and making sure that you’re in a good place will only mean that you’re more able to be there for the people that you care about? And it doesn’t have to be complicated – it just means making time to add the things that matter to you to a regular self-care routine!

Some simple ways to add self-care to your daily routine

Take a few minutes to go outside and spend some time in nature – the garden, park, a walk with the dog, just sitting in a quiet spot for a little while. There’s lots of research about the positive impact that nature has on our well-being, and it shows that whilst actually being in nature has significant benefits, something as simple as bringing a little bit of nature indoors, or into your evvironment (like at your desk while you’re working) can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. Benefits like improving your mood, lowering your stress levels, and improving your attention have all been noted in studies.

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Boost your well-being with a simple walk in nature.

The benefits of reading…

Did you know that reading has been shown to be one of the best ways to overcome stress? A study done by the University of Sussex found that reading is even better at helping you to deal with stress than going for a walk or doing some other form of exercise, so there’s definitely an argument for adding some quiet reading time into your self-care routine. It doesn’t matter what your read, as long as you’re immersed in what you’re reading you will reap the benefits. The study also found lots of other benefits of reading. Things like helping with sleep, helping us to tap into our imagination, increased empathy when we read fiction books, and of course increased knowledge. And if you love reading anyway, what better excuse could you get for sneaking away for a little bit of quiet reading time?

two antique books with a pink rose on top
Reading can offer a lot more than just a story…

Switching off can be great for self-care…

Social media has lots of great things to offer us, but it can also sometimes be the thing that brings stress. Whether that’s though comparing ourselves to what we see other poeple doing or achieving, reading and seeing certain things, or just through overload, making some time everyday to unplug from social media, or even better, any kind of electronic devices, is a great way to usport your own well-being. Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend on social media during your day? If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be able to easily find some time in there that you can spend doing something else. Ideally, that can be adding some kind of self-care to your day instead!

Try some simple meditation

a girl meditating on a rock at the edge of the ocean

Why not try some simple meditation? Chakra meditation is a great tool for helping the chakras to be open and aligned, and therefore helping with improved mental awareness and emotional balance. Trying a simple deep breathing meditation is easy – just find a quiet place where you can be alone, sit with your legs crossed and your palms on your knees (facing up), and close your eyes. Start with a deep breath in to the count of four, hold that breath in your lungs for a count of four, and exhale for the same count of four. Once all the air is out of your lungs hold for another count of four. Do this two more times and then go back to breathing reuglarly. Starting with your base chakra, picture it teeming with energy for a minute, and then move on to the next chakra up your spine. You could also add a Chakra candles to boost energy balance and healing?

Indulge yourself

Instead of opting for your usual shower or bath, make some time in your weekly routine for a proper self-care bath. Add some scented candles to create a cosy, calm space, bath salts to raise your game, and anything else that will make the experience special and relaxing for you! Ideally, use some essential oil infused bath-salts for the added benefit that essential oils will bring in terms of well-being, and make sure that the bath salts that you choose contain pure salts for their mineral content. Also, make sure that your choice of candle will add as much benefit as possible – go for natural candles scented with pure essential oils – that way you’ll be super charging your bath and adding the benefits of pure natural ingredients to your self-care bath!

There are lots of simple ways that you can add some self-care to your weekly routine – but the most important thing is to remember that self-care matters! As tempting as it can be to skip things like this, because let’s be honest, there are always too many things to get done in the average day anyway, don’t! Try and see the things that you do for yourself as being as important as the things that you do for everyone else. Remember that time you spend every day making sure that everyone else is ok, and has everything that they need? – and make sure that you’re on that list of people that matter too!!

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