One of the most important things during times of uncertainty is making sure we’re looking after ourselves. No matter how busy we are, self care should be at the top of our list of priorities. Putting a few self care ideas into action can help boost wellbeing, allowing you to live happier and healthier during times of disquiet.
However, self care doesn’t always come easy. A lot of the time we’re all too distracted to make time for ourselves. Many of us find it challenging to take time out, as we feel guilty we aren’t doing anything productive. We’ve put together a list of self care ideas to help you develop healthier habits.
Learn to say no
For some of us, learning to say no is hard, many of us feel obliged to say yes when we’re asked to do something. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed, saying yes can do more harm than good and can lead to burn out, irritability and anxiety.
It may take some practice but once you learn to politely decline an invitation, you’ll start feeling at ease and have more self confidence.
Take time to cook
We’re always so caught up in getting things done fast and sometimes forget to live in the moment. Don’t rush it, spend time flicking through cookbooks and taking the time to choose something you’ve never cooked before. Write down all the ingredients you need and visit your local grocer to buy the best quality produce. When it comes time to cooking, switch on your favourite music and enjoy the entire process.
It’s no secret that exercise is good for us, and releases endorphins, making us feel amazing. A lot of the time we feel like we don’t have enough time, or simply don’t have the motivation. However, every time you think you can’t be bothered, remember that nobody ever regrets a workout.
Daily exercise can help you both physically and mentally, turning a bad mood into a better mood and reducing stress and anxiety. The thought of a spin class for some may be like the thought of hell. If you’re one of those people, why not do something different, like tennis, walking, bat and ball or yoga? The most important thing is to create a routine and find an exercise that works best for you.
Meditation is a great practise to bring your mind into the present moment. It’s not about stopping your thoughts, as that’s precisely what your mind is designed to do! The aim is to simply be more conscious of the thoughts entering your mind, by acknowledging them and letting them go.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get started, Soul Alive is Australia’s first live streamed meditation service that aims to help introduce meditation in a convenient and relatable manner. The service currently offers live guided classes throughout the week. The structure is designed to make it easier for people to stick-with meditation all from the comfort of your own home.
Taking the time for yourself is rule number one, when practicing self care. Book out a time every week just for you. Spend this time pampering yourself by putting a hair mask on, making your own face mask, or taking a bath.
Natura Siberica Revitalising Bath Salts are enriched with essences and natural oils to help you unwind at the end of a long day. You’ll be immersed is the relaxing aroma and discover an inexhaustible source of healing power leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Another great way to pamper yourself is by using MiHIGH, a Sauna Blanket in the comfort of your own home, helping to detoxify your body and relax.
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