Hands up if you think of yourself as busy? I think it’s fair to say that many of us feel as if we spend most days frantically juggling a great number of different tasks, whether that’s work, family or general day-to-day chores.
Now, put your hand up if your own self-care is one of those things you juggle? Not so many of us do that one, I bet. But, in order to ensure that you can continue to function at your best, it’s vital that you look after yourself.
Self-care is something that too often gets neglected when you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm but without it you’re just not going to be on top form. Whether it’s for an hour, or even just five minutes, make sure you block out some time in your diary each day to do something that supports your physical or emotional health.
Here are just a few self-care suggestions that can be achieved quickly and easily.
Pamper your senses
Have a quick look around your house: does what you see, smell, hear, taste and touch increase or decrease your anxiety levels? Detoxing your environment is a very simple way to help bring peace and calm.
Being disordered can really cloud clear thinking, so having a quick de-clutter every now and again is guaranteed to improve your view and reduce your stress levels. Make sure there’s at least one place in your house that makes you happy: a serene bedroom, a cosy chair with a view of the garden or a home office filled with inspirational pictures.
Stale odours, whether from cooking, pets or blocked-up drains, can have a negative effect on your happiness but a burst of a favourite scent will do wonders to improve your mental health. Whether it’s via baking bread, fragrant room and linen sprays or fresh flowers, sweet-smelling surroundings will immediately raise your mood.
We know that what we eat has an effect on our overall well-being – too much of the bad stuff and we’re going to feel sluggish and slow – but lack of sugar doesn’t have to mean lack of taste. Keep pre-prepared bowls of fresh, colourful fruits and vegetables handy to snack on between nutritious meals to keep you feeling energised.
The healing power of touch is well-documented but if you haven’t got time to get to the salon then why not indulge in a quick self-massage? There are lots of helpful tutorials online to help you get the hang of this and a wonderful array of organic essential oils that will aid your quest for relaxation.
Calm the noise around you by taking a moment to choose a gentler soundtrack. Sit down, close your eyes and practice mindfulness to birdsong, a storm in the rainforest or a crackling fire…with the internet at your disposal you can temporarily transform your surroundings to anything you like!
Spending time outdoors is a great addition to any self-care plan. A soothing walk in the fresh air (and sunshine if you’re lucky) can reduce feelings of anxiety by slowing your body down: lowering your heart rate and blood pressure leads to decreased cortisol levels therefore aiding a feeling of calm, improving your mood and helping you gain mental clarity.
And if you haven’t always got time to get out then you can bring the outdoor in: open your windows whenever you can and fill your home with plants to improve air quality and reduce headaches and fatigue.
Using your creativity is a perfect way to fit a little bit of self-care into a busy lifestyle. Research has shown that activities such as drawing, gardening, cooking, sewing or playing an instrument – i.e. activities where you lose yourself for a while – can have the same calming effect on your body as meditation. Creativity also promotes the production of neurons, which are vital for a healthy central nervous system.
Relax, recharge, restore
Approximately eight hours of quality sleep each night will give you more energy and better overall health. You’ll also improve your memory and ability to learn and have greater focus, enabling you to be more effective at getting the important things done.
And when you switch off, make sure you really do ‘switch off’: phones, tablets, anything with blue light should be kept well away from your bedroom.
Stay in control
While we can’t safeguard against everything the world throws at us, we can take steps to ensure our busy routine doesn’t overwhelm us. Regularly scheduling in self-care allows you to stay in control of stress.
For more tips on well-being take a look at my 11 Guaranteed Stress Busters’ blog post and if you really don’t know where to start when it comes to your own self-care then my FREE online mini programme is for you! Find out more here.
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I hope you have found this blog useful. Now remember if you are too busy for self care – just pick one and why not leave a comment below to let me know what you are committing … go on put it in writing!
Until next time,
Take care of YOU!