Sometimes called ‘self-love’, self-care plays a vital part in maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing.
It’s the simple process of giving yourself ‘you time’ – valuable time for rejuvenation and relaxation. However, many of us don’t practice self-care enough. In fact, it’s sometimes perceived as a ‘guilty pleasure’ or selfish act, rather than a necessary habit.
If you’re a busy parent or hard-working woman, you’ll probably benefit from a few simple acts of self-care. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Practising self-care the easy way
Experts have often discussed the importance of into your daily routine. There are a variety of ways you can do this.
Exercise (the way you want to)
Exercise is an excellent way to stay healthy and it . For example, some people enjoy running, as it provides them with a chance to ‘get some head-space’ and switch off from their busy lives. Work out which form of exercise is right for you – it might be a few laps in the local swimming pool or an energetic session at the gym. Whatever it is, make time for it each week.
And exercise your mind too!
Your brain shouldn’t have to focus on work all the time; it needs some fun stimulus too. Again, this can be anything that you enjoy doing – from a daily crossword in the garden to a new hobby like learning a language or painting.
Find the time to relax
It’s vital to incorporate . This could be anything from making yourself a cup of tea in the morning (and sitting down to savour it properly), or lying on the sofa in front of your favourite tv programme in the evening. Make sure it’s quality relaxation though; sitting down while frantically writing to-do lists for the next day doesn’t count!
Cook something special
Food is the way to anyone’s heart; including your own. Cook yourself something with strong nostalgic connections, such as shepherd’s pie the way your mother used to make it, or a spicy curry that reminds you of the time you went backpacking in India. This triggers happy memories, which in turn, lifts your spirits.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of pampering from time to time. Running a bath is an obvious choice; or if you only have ten minutes or so, light a scented candle and give yourself a quick pedicure. Indulge yourself in other ways too. Even spraying on your favourite fragrance can give you a quick mood-boost – look at range of perfumes for inspiration.
Walk (with your eyes open)
Practice some mindfulness when you’re next out walking. Rather than hurrying along, trying to remember all the things you need to do when you get home, take the time to notice your surroundings. How are you feeling as you stroll along? What can you see and hear? It’s a great chance to reconnect with the world around you, and exist in a state of calm for a while.