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Self-Care: taking time for yourself at home
But self-care should be a priority and necessity not a luxury. We truly believe that your life can be made more meaningful and smooth with a little ‘me’ time. A healthy mind and body is the basis for living a full life so practicing self-care should be an important part of your routine. It can start with having that cup of coffee on your balcony, running a bubble bath to doing a 30 minute yoga session at home: the key is to make time to do things that bring you joy and make you feel great! That feeling of contentment you get after these small gestures is what we celebrate, and to help you achieve this we’ve made a list of our top tips for practicing self-care at home.
1. Take pleasure from the daily rituals
We often get caught up in the rush of the daily routine: wake up, shower, breakfast, work, dinner, bedtime…and repeat! The secret about self-care is that it’s not something that should happen once in a while on a rare occasion but rather an active and mindful practice to take time for you. So work in a little ‘me’ time in your day. This can be done by making some small changes from your daily routines. If you are a morning person, you can start by waking up 10 minutes earlier to relaxingly make the bed into a beautiful space. This small ritual creates a spirit or tidiness making a good start of your day and also your bedroom is all ready to welcome you to sleep after a long day.
Another tip for self-care is your shower time! Use that time differently, by utilizing this personal moment for absolute relaxation. Light a scented candle with your favorite fragrance and prepare that hair mask you’ve been wanting to try for so long! These soothing scents and small gestures, trigger positive emotion which helps your mind and body unwind and recharge. Same goes for an evening face mask as you read a few chapters of the book you’ve been reading! Set time aside in your schedule to do a proper skincare routine and assign a bit extra time when it suits whether in the morning and before your bedtime, there is a certain joy in taking care of your skin. It can be as simple as wearing your favourite lush Silk Kimono to your morning coffee, then taking a little time to appreciate how great it feels, can make all the difference. Remember don’t make this part of a to do list but rather find these small things that make you happy and work them into your daily rituals, you’ll be surprised by the positive results!
2. Take a time out and breathe
Experts say that regulating your breathing brings many surprising benefits that are unexpected. It can help you both physically and mentally, boosting your mood while reducing anxiety and stress. So, as an important part of your self-care practice, engage in an activity where you have relaxing conditions and do some breathing exercises. Sometimes it takes nothing but a few deep belly breaths upon waking to completely rebalance yourself. We are not breathing experts but there are many methods available online and YouTube tutorials on everything from meditation, yoga, and more. Find one that suits you and make it your own! These breathing techniques can be combined with your workout or exercise routine, add an extra 10 minutes at the end of your workout to do some deep breathing exercises. The great thing about this is you can do it from anywhere at home, from your bubble bath, your sofa or on a yoga mat in your living room floor. The only thing is to find a quiet space where you can completely unwind. If you manage to make a regular practice of meditation, breathing exercises or yoga, you’ll be impressed to find that you will feel more centered, calm, full of energy and connected to yourself and others.
3. Do more of what makes you happy
Possible one of the most important parts of self-care is finding something that is just for you because it makes you feel good. It does not matter what your friend finds joyful, it’s all about what makes you happy
Some will love and find joy in watering indoor plants daily to baking or spending an extra 30 minutes in super soft bed sheets in the morning to read, what matters is having some time that is just for you. You know it is self-care when whatever it is you are doing is instantly affecting your mood positively, it may bring a smile on your face or make you feel more relaxed. Define your hobbies and the small things that bring you joy, organize yourself to make time for these at home and enjoy! And managing your free time to do more at home will help you relax and recharge.
There are many ways to truly and mindfully practice self-care, pick any method that you find it easy and convenient to do at your own home. These small efforts over a lifetime really do make positive changes in your physical and mental health. Remember it’s never too late to take self-care because “an empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly”.
⦁ Protect and Prioritise your Sleep: invest in high quality bed linen, a good mattress and practice a good sleep routine
⦁ Eat what makes you Feel Good: this means a healthy balanced diet with your favourite treats once in a while to feed your soul too
⦁ Affirm what you are Grateful for: appreciating what you have and saying it out loud or writing it down solidifies that feeling of gratitude for the things in your life
⦁ Be Present in the Moment: allow yourself to truly be present in certain moments will make you feel that time more strongly, stop, take a breath and feel the moment fully