Self care can be described as the conscious engagement of an individual to promote their own health and well-being. Regulating time for yourself and putting your own interests first, can promote a happier lifestyle and encourage healthier habits.
Research has shown that self care can lead to higher levels of life satisfaction, better wellbeing and significantly reduce health related conditions such as stress and depression - which can worsen if not treated. Another important element in maintaining good health is eating well, regular physical activity and ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Quality sleep has been proven to help with:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Boosting your immune system
- Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Increasing concentration, productivity and alertness
- Strengthening your heart - during sleep, you are giving your heart and blood vessels a rest
As well as maintaining good health and sleeping patterns, you can implement a few habits into your routine to promote better well-being.
See below for our 15 simple self-care ideas:
♥ Amp up your morning routine i.e. wash your face with cold water, make a fresh and healthy juice or smoothie, avoid screens first thing in the morning
♥ Practice deep breathing exercises and meditation
♥ Move your body i.e. stretches, exercises, yoga
♥ Each morning write down 3 things you are grateful for
♥ Pamper yourself with an at-home facial treatment i.e. oats, egg whites, olive oil, or try the Pamper Kit for a lush, botanical experience
♥ Make a vision board and fill it with affirmations
♥ Listen to an inspiring podcast and practise self reflection
♥ Unfollow negative accounts on social media
♥ Declutter an area in your home or wardrobe
♥ Digital detox / unplug from technology
♥ Spend a day outdoors or in nature
♥ Take cold and hot showers. Cold showers have been proven to increase alertness, accelerate your metabolism, stimulate the immune system, stimulate anti-depression hormones. Hot showers have been proven to relax muscles, reduce body tension, remove toxins from skin, reduce swelling
♥ Bath with slices of lemon, cucumber and orange to detox and rejuvenate your skin - you will feel and see the difference
♥ Plan your weekly schedule ahead of time, allowing for breaks and try tackle unfavoured tasks early to get them out of the way
♥ Stay hydrated and drink herbal tea i.e. green tea, jasmine, peppermint, chamomile, hibiscus
Self care is vital for our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. Incorporating some ideas into your daily or weekly routine, can make for a long-term, positive impact and you will instantly feel the difference.