Self-care seems to be all everyone is talking about right now, and it’s different for everyone. Self-care for my mum might be spending time with the grandchildren then having a G&T in front of the TV; for my sister, it’s going to pottery and making something out of clay; for me, it’s having a bath with Netflix and a face mask.
When you think of self-care, what do you think of? A bubble bath? A good book? Cleaning the house? It’s totally fine to have your own kind of self-care, but here are some tips to make sure that you build it into your routine.
Identify your self-care
The first thing to do is to find your idea of self-care. Do you want to be alone, or does surrounding yourself with your friends make you feel better? Does your self-care include pampering yourself with a bubble bath? Does your self-care include losing yourself in a different world?
Write down what makes you feel happier in your day-to-day life, no matter how small, then you know what makes you feel good. You might even feel the best when you get into bed at the end of the day, and that’s ok!
Replenish your ‘batteries’
As humans, we have so many different ‘batteries’ that we use to get us through situations.
Social batteries are what we use when we’re around other people. The introvert side of me has a varying supply of energy. Sometimes, I can spend a whole weekend with people, and sometimes an hour is too long. Replenishing your social batteries normally means spending time alone, and that’s TOTALLY FINE.
Physical batteries are what we use for our physical activities (duh). So if you’re in a job where you’re on your feet a lot, you might spend your whole weekend lying in front of the tv so your body can rest. Or the opposite if you sit behind a desk all week! You have a lot of energy to get out so might enjoy going for a walk.
Emotional batteries are the most important for me. If there’s a lot going on that uses my emotional energy, then I’m useless until I get a chance to replenish. This mostly means doing things that make me feel happy or calm, like playing The Sims or writing my feelings into my bullet journal.
Build It into your routine
Set aside some time for self-care. For a lot of people, Sunday is the perfect day. It sets you up for a new week and gives you a fighting chance to beat the challenges that might face you.
I like to spread my self-care throughout the week and there are so many different types. This is what I have in my routine:
- Skincare routine every night before bed
- Listening to an audiobook while trying to sleep
- Writing in my bullet journal
- Deep hair conditioning every Sunday
- A long bath with Netflix every two weeks (sometimes more often!)
- Painting my nails
- Sunday dinner with family at least once a month
self-care doesn’t have to be regular
Self-care doesn’t have to be regular to help! You might have a really emotionally draining week and just need to lock yourself away for a while to cope, and then you might be totally fine and not need to do as much self-care as you did during that tough time.
I go through phases of painting my nails once every six weeks or watching a film instead of listening to an audiobook before bed. Listen to your body and your mind, it’ll tell you exactly what you need to do, and how soon you need to do it!
What are your favourite self-care tips and how do they help you with the week ahead?