From pampering and treating yourself, to reflection and writing down goals, get yourself ready to embrace wellbeing with self-care.
No matter the season, there's no better time to shower ourselves in a little self-care and wellbeing than now. 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.
Sometimes you don't need an excuse to indulge in a little self-spoiling. Whether that means treating yourself to a hot bath with some beautifully scented shower oils, settling down to a 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? Not getting enough quality sleep and late-night social media scrolling in bed are all things we're all guilty of and now it’s time to reset! Create a relaxing, consistent bedtime routine and you’ll feel all the better for it.
3. Physical activity
Even when you're feeling sluggish, making the effort to get active can really change how you feel on both the inside and outside. Whether it’s a 10-minute dance 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
You don't need New Year resolutions to start a new chapter in our lives. It's always a good time to look ahead and think about our wants, desires, and what direction and priorities we have in mind for the future. Going on a budget to save for your long-term goals, organising your wardrobe and cupboards, scheduling in time for hobbies and relaxation – 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
We believe that with a little self-love, 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
Although an everyday necessity at home and at work, sometimes, time screens to be embarrassingly unproductive; it can lead to falling down internet wormholes of procrastination, leaving you with headaches and 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 it's 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!