Self Care Ideas That Work
‘Treat yourself’ has become a mantra in Western society, but treating yourself isn’t always the best way to take care of yourself. Shopping online, eating a whole box of doughnuts or taking an extravagant bubble bath may boost our dopamine and endorphin levels in the short term, but these methods will not regulate our mood long term. So as well as any treats, improving our everyday habits will help foster healthier wellbeing.
Establish a morning and evening routine
What you do when you first wake up and right before you go to bed helps determine your mood for the rest of the day and how you sleep. Avoid endlessly scrolling on your device and try to schedule at least ten minutes of reading or meditation. This eases you into the day and improves the quality of your sleep. You can also use this time to work on your goals.
Keep a gratitude journal
If you are someone that struggles to stay positive, keeping a gratitude journal will open your eyes to the simple joys in your life. For example, you could write down three things you appreciate each day. It could be as simple as a wave from a neighbour or a friendly chat with a shop assistant.
Listen to your body
Society pressures people to conform to certain standards (whether related to work, beauty or otherwise) to ‘fit in’ or be more productive. However, this often comes at the expense of our health. If your body is telling you that it is hungry or needs to rest – listen to it and take appropriate action. Choosing to put your wellbeing first will also benefit your mental health. Likewise, healthcare check-ups are vital, and any nagging appointment can become a downer. Wisdom tooth extraction and oral hygiene checks should be top of the to-do list.
Take a risk
Self-care doesn’t mean shutting the world out and wrapping yourself in cotton wool. It means improving yourself, and that can sometimes be a scary prospect. It could be that a career move, travel destination, or relationship decision is playing on your mind. Take a metaphorical leap of faith and trust that it will work out the way it is supposed to. Holding back will only hinder self-growth.
Notice the areas you need to work on
Everyone has things they aren’t as good at or areas within themselves that they would like to improve. By taking note of these areas and coming up with strategies to work on them, we care for ourselves. Just like you would give a friend a helping hand or piece of advice, you can do the same thing for yourself.
Create a positivity board
In hard times it can be difficult to remember all the good in your life. Reminding yourself of your positive experiences and the people you love will help foster a more upbeat mindset. Creating a visual collection of your favourite places, people and activities is an expressive outlet and will help you envisage all the good times.