From pampering and treating yourself, to reflection and writing down goals, get yourself ready to embrace wellbeing for the year ahead with self-care.
Another year is upon us, and what better a time to wipe clean any slates and shower ourselves in a little self-care and wellbeing. It’s so important to make time to treat ourselves both mentally and physically, so here are 7 easy ways to increase wellness and better your mood by practising self-care.
There’s no better a season to indulge in a little self-spoiling than the beginning of a new year. Whether that means treating yourself to a hot bath with some beautifully scented shower oils, settling down to a hair or face mask, or lighting all of your favourite candles, make time to revel in something that’s relaxing and luxurious for you.
2. Reset your sleep hygiene
How many of us have developed poor bedtime habits over the last year? I’ve definitely got my hand up! Oversleeping, under-sleeping and watching the tablet or online shopping in bed are all things I’m guilty of and now it’s time to reset! Create a relaxing, ritualistic bedtime routine and you’ll feel all the better for it.
3. Physical activity
I’ve refrained from calling this exercise because in general, there’s frankly nothing I want to do less! But even I can’t deny that moving about a bit makes me feel good. Whether it’s a 10-minute jig in the lounge to your favourite music, cleaning and tidying (that’s killing two birds with one stone!) or going for a long walk with a loved one, it’s a wonderful pursuit for both mind and body.
4. Make goals
A new year, and a new chapter in our lives! Now that we’ve eased into January, it’s time to look forward to the year ahead and think about our wants, desires, and what direction and priorities we have in mind for 2019. Going on a spending ban, giving everything in your home a true place, scheduling in time for relaxation and doing absolutely nothing – just a few ideas to get you started!
5. Make yourself a gratitude list
If you’re in need of a little mental recharge, writing down all the things you’re thankful for is a lovely way to encourage positive feelings. They can be large things like your other half or being in a job you love, to the tiniest of things like having honey on your morning porridge. And if just writing them down in a notebook doesn’t feel interactive enough, try writing each idea on a little square of paper, folding them up and popping them into a big jar. Whenever you feel like you need a pick me up, head to the jar and pull out one to open and remind yourself of all that’s positive in your life.
6. Put yourself first
I’m a believer that with a little self-love and confidence, and a whole lot of motivation and dedication, we are able beyond measure. Rather than feeling selfish, it’s OK to put yourself first sometimes! Try saying ‘yes’ more to opportunities you feel will help you get to where you want to be, rather than worrying about how others might perceive your choices, and equally feel more comfortable saying ‘no’ to things you might feel obliged to do but don’t actually benefit you.
7. Digital detoxing
I’m a big fan of having tech down time. For me personally, I find a lot of the time I spend on screens to be shamefully unproductive; it can lead to me falling down internet wormholes of procrastination, gives me headaches, and can leave me feeling, ironically, a bit disconnected from the world. Switching off your screens for even an hour a day is a great way to not only give your eyes a break but makes space for arguably more meaningful behaviour – maybe use the time to start a new hobby!
There are countless ways to introduce more self-care into your life, and a bright, brand new year is the perfect time to implement any lifestyle changes you may have been sitting on.
And remember, you don’t need to be perfect! Self-care isn’t a competition, nor a race. Allow room for mistakes, take baby steps and enjoy the journey!