Self care is important all year round, however this Christmas may not be quite the same for many of us and the emphasis on 'me time' has seemingly heightened. Read on for 12 simple ways that you can practice self care during the festive period.
We all know that exercise is good for us, but do we really know how much? Just 10-20 minutes of daily exercise can boost your mood and reduce levels of stress. And of course, it will also help to move any extra pounds from all the food and sweet treats we might be eating over the next few days.
2. Read A Book
It's easy to turn to our phones and other devices for entertainment. But continuously scrolling the news feed can contribute to worries and stress instead of helping them.
Try reading a self care or self help book instead - learning about taking care of yourself whilst taking care of yourself. It's a win win!
3. Go Outside
Easier said than done in the current climate 🥶 But it is proven that spending more time outdoors helps to reduce tiredness and burnout. Go for a daily walk and take in some scenery.
4. Say No
Learning to say no can be difficult, especially at this time of year. We can get caught up with the fuss of Christmas, feeling like we have to celebrate somehow, but it is also important to use some of that time and energy for yourself. Dedicate a particular day or even a few to spending time on your self care.
5. Light Some Candles
Candles are scientifically proven to soothe you and scented candles are even better for transforming our mood. The gentle quality of candle light is mesmerising and helps with relaxation 🕯
6. Pamper Yourself
Treat your self to a mini pampering session in the comfort of your home. We recommend a long, hot soak followed by a face mask and optional glass of your favourite Christmas tipple 😜
7. Take A Trip
Self care trips can make a huge difference. Even if you're not feeling stressed, a weekend away from your every day environment can help you to disconnect, relax and feel rejuvenated. The trip doesn't need to cost the earth, simply taking a drive to another town and seeing some different scenery can be effective.
Writing down our thoughts, feelings and desires can be very therapeutic whilst also helping us to put things into perspective. As we reach the end of the year and enter into the next, outlining our personal achievements and future goals can be a great confidence booster.
9. Eat Right
Yes, self care is also about what we put in to our bodies. Maintaining a healthy diet also contributes to a healthy mind. Some of the best foods for self care include fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), broccoli, blueberries, green leafy vegetables and unsalted nuts.
10. Get Organised
Organising yourself and your surroundings can be an important step towards a lifestyle of self care. Keeping a planner or organising our belongings contributes to the overall organisation of our lives, which then contributes to a much healthier life style.
11. Cook Your Favourite Meal
Fast food is always the easy option but it's usually not the best option for our bodies. Consider making yourself a healthy meal at home and focus on putting good nutrients into your system. Not only will you feel better but you will also be practising another form of self care.
12. Sleep Well
A lack of sleep can affect both our physical and mental health. Think about your night time routine and ensure you have enough time to relax after your day, stay away from caffeine and sugar immediately before going to bed, and of course, apply your nightly skincare routine. Keeping yourself free from distractions is also helpful for a good nights sleep.