Selfcare is a trend that had become incredibly popular over the past few years, and with good reason. It’s important to take care of ourselves to remain as happy and healthy as we possibly can. Selfcare has evolved past spa-days and bubble baths, and now encompasses nearly every aspect of our lives: our physical wellbeing, our emotional wellbeing, and our mental wellbeing.
But with most of living such busy lives, selfcare often has to take a backseat and it gets neglected. We don’t always have the time necessary to dedicate to selfcare, which is why we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can practice selfcare every single day, without it taking a massive chunk of your time.
Spend some time outside
Even just spending fifteen minutes outside every day should improve your mood. Many of us spend the majority of our time each day inside an office building, and only spend valuable time outside on the weekends. But we need fresh air and sunlight, so try to make going outside part of your daily habit, even if it means just drinking your morning cup of coffee outside instead of inside. You can even create a nice little space for you to relax outside, with wind chimes and outdoor fountains to give you the full tranquil experience.
As you know, selfcare has evolved past mere relaxation, but that doesn’t mean that relaxing has no role to play in selfcare. Relaxation is important to try and counteract the negative side effects that come from a stressful life. You should try to incorporate relaxation into your life in different ways. This could mean going away for a weekend every now and then, or meeting some friends for lunch on a weekly basis. But you should also try and incorporate relaxation into your daily life. Try to do at least one thing each day that relaxes you, whether that means listening to music, coloring in, or lighting some candles and taking a bath.
We spend hours each day with our eyes glued to a screen of some sorts, whether it’s a computer, TV, or phone. So, we need to counteract that by spending some screen-free time each day, ideally before bed. There are various reasons why you should put your phone away before bed, so give it a shot and you just might be surprised at the results. You can spend this time reading instead. There are loads of benefits to reading, so squeezing in half an hour before bed will definitely help you relax.
Create your own space
There should be a dedicated space for you to relax when things get overwhelming and you need to unwind. This can be inside or outside, in any room you like. Even just having a specific chair would work for this purpose. You just need somewhere that is comfortable and free from distractions.
Work on your sleeping schedule
As mentioned, selfcare encompasses all aspects of our lives, and if we aren’t getting enough sleep or good quality sleep, all of these aspects will suffer. Getting a good night’s rest is vital to all parts of our wellbeing, so if you don’t get enough sleep or your sleeping schedule is all over the place, you’re not really taking care of yourself the way you should. Working on your sleep habits is a great way of taking care of yourself every day.
You need to listen to your body. It often tells you when you need to slow down. If you overwork yourself, it could lead to you burning out or having a breakdown, so try to prevent this by taking some time off. This means taking regular breaks in between work, and also longer breaks, such as a weeklong vacation each year. Make sure that you have some free time every day
Better eating habits
This goes two ways. Some days, selfcare means nourishing your body with healthy foods. Other days, the best form of selfcare might just be eating a slice of cake because it makes you happy. It’s therefore important to try to find balance in what you eat each day. Healthy foods will probably help you feel more energized, and there are even certain foods that lift your mood. So, pay attention to what you eat in a day and how it makes you feel, physically and emotionally. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even keep a food diary to keep track of how what you eat affects you.