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self-care made simple

Updated: Jan 1

What is Self-Care? Listening to the wants of your body and mind rather than just the needs.


A lot of people are talking about the importance of self-care, but are you actually making time for it? It's impossible to indulge a long pamper bath everyday - but don't worry, we've compiled our top self-care tips that can be easily slotted in to your daily routine, minimum effort, maximum care. All of these activities include taking a little time out, so try to mute your phone (for as little as five minutes) and find a relatively relaxing spot.


Give yourself some credit...

Begin with you. It's so easy to move straight on to the next big goal without celebrating what we've just achieved. Whether you've raced through a mud run, read fifty books, given birth, helped a friend through a difficult time, taken part in a protest, you've likely done something amazing, so pat yourself on the back. Write down some of the amazing things you've done, what it took to complete and how proud you of yourself.


Eat the slice you'd give to the birthday girl...

Don't wait until your birthday to treat yourself! Eat the slice you want to eat - if anyone gives you the side-eye, it's probably because they wish they'd gone for something bigger. Limiting your food intake can easily turn into an unhealthy habit, so make sure you're enjoying eating a treat now and then. Start by avoiding referring to foods as 'good' or 'bad'. Conversations with friends like, 'I've been so good/bad today' can be harmful for both sides. More often than not, you'll have had more fun on the day you ate some cake than the day you didn't.


Your body is amazing, learn what it can do...

Your body will love you for any kind of movement, especially a quick stretch in the morning or before bed. Find the exercise you love and aim to practise three or four times a week, even if only for fifteen minutes. Remember - it is all about what suits you, whether that's walking, swimming, kickboxing or wrestling, keep experimenting until you find what works for you. You'll surprise yourself by both how quickly you improve and how amazing you feel afterwards.


Clean up your feed...

It's hard not to compare ourselves to others, but cleaning up your social media homepage is the easiest way to start. Instead of following fifty fitness fanatics, sixty make-up guru's and eighty reality show influencers, follow accounts that inspire you. These might be accounts with inspirational quotes, accounts belonging to positive movements or individuals that make you smile. Just make sure you're scrolling through posts feeling positive and motivated, rather than jealous or defeated.


Forgive yourself...

You made a mistake at work, you snapped at a friend or you said something embarrassing; we all do it. In fact, we're probably too busy going over something we did wrong to think about whatever you might have done. Apologise, take time to make amends and then forgive yourself. If you're stuck going over mistakes, you won't be able to grow. If you're really struggling, try writing down the mistake you made. On the other side, write yourself a letter of forgiveness. Keep hold of this so you can forgive whenever the mistake pops back up in your mind.


Set yourself hobby based goals...

Tonight I'll cook a new recipe. This week I'll paint a picture for the living room. In one month I will be able to juggle. Giving yourself a creative goal in amongst all your financial, career or educational goals gives you something fun to work towards. This is particularly good for those who struggle with seeing downtime as unproductive, it's a necessity.


Focus on the Freebies...

Stop justifying buying things you don't need as self-care. Instead, focus on the free pick-me-ups life has to offer. Listen to your favourite song, dance and sing along. Spend quality time with one of your friends, family members, or pets (no phones). Go for a walk and allow yourself to get a bit lost (phones allowed when you do get lost and need to pull Maps out). Read a book that's been on your shelf for too long. Do some gardening. Spend time washing your hair and give yourself a head massage. So. Many. Freebies!


Make a Mood-board...

My personal favourite! Gather photos of everything that makes you happy; things you want to do more of, inspiring quotes, beautiful art, perfect scenery, etc. Print them out and stick them onto a blank piece of paper. There are no rules for a great mood-board, so get as creative as you like. You can add your own doodles, bits of fabric, pressed flowers, whatever fits! It's the easiest, cheapest and most creative way to be around things you love.