There’s about a million and one articles flying around the psychology buzz-word of “self-care” at the moment. I was first introduced to the concept of self-care by a psychotherapist when discussing mindfulness.
The concept of self-care, if you don’t know, is exactly what it says on the tin; looking after yourself. The beauty of it is though, rather than ‘self-care’ being embodied solely by 7-day yoga retreats with juice detox cleanses, self-care is something you exercise which is completely tailored to your needs.
Self-care could be waking up on Saturday and deciding to binge-watch Netflix… It could be indulging in a big glass of merlot at the end of a long day of work… It could be painting… Writing in a bullet journal…It really could be anything you need it to be.
Recently, I’ve started to take the time to make sure I plan dedicated time in my week for self-care. Sometimes its good to be selfish, and indulge in time for you.
There are small things you can do throughout the day to show yourself a little kindness…
- A special mug – sounds stupid right? I have a Harry Potter mug at work, and if I know I’ve got a stressful day ahead, I often think about how much I’m looking forward to making a nice cup of tea in my mug when I get to work.
- Using your lunch hour – rather than work through, I’m spending half an hour of my break propping up my Kindle and reading a few pages of my book.
- Popping a nice hand cream in your bag. One of my girls got me the loveliest M&S hand cream. If I’m trying to digest a complex email, or I’m short on time, I’ll spend 30 seconds massaging my hands to momentarily zone me out from the stress at hand.
- Go for a walk on your lunch break; find some greenery or some undiscovered architecture – anything that takes you outside of your own head for a bit.
- Pack yourself a nice lunch to look forward to – or a little treat for in the middle afternoon when the day starts to drag!
- Plan your ‘you’ evening – it’s easier to get through the day if you know you’ve got time set-aside when you get home to relax.
- Treat yourself to a takeaway and an old favourite film on Prime or Netflix 🙂
- Invest in some nice shower gel for the morning (I also love the in-shower moisturiser from the Sanctuary – its lovely!) – it really helps me feel
- Decorate your desk – pop a £1 bunch of daffodils in a small vase, or get some mini clip frames and put some photos up to have ready to give a quick at-a-glance!
- Listen to a Mindfulness app on your way to work, or book a meeting room for ten minutes to do so and regain some equilibrium 🙂
Self-care – to me at least – is really about spending time on the things you love. If it’s hiking, dancing, putting on a face pack, having the girls over for prosecco and all the ‘lolz’, spending time on your own, reading a chapter of your new book, re-reading the same chapter of your favourite book over and over again, creating a scrap book, printing all your favourite photos and pouring over them for a few hours, spending an hour and a half exchanging messages in your Group WhatsApp…
I think there is such a strong emphasis on how self-care has to be a certain way – but the beauty of it is, it’s just about taking time out to do what makes you feel good, and its easy to start incorporating a little kindness to yourself in each day!
How could you bring a little extra care in to your day to day?