When it comes to self-care often we can put ourselves very low on the priority list. We will admit that our “to do lists” can be never ending, and so we tend to focus on every aspect of our lives and neglect ourselves. Many of us have a family that needs our attention. A monthly budget that needs to be in control of. Things to do. PLaces to be. Errands to run. With so much going on in our daily lives no wonder we tend to leave the self-care at the back of the list with a promise of doing it tomorrow. But we all know tomorrow never comes as other things take priority. But you can’t run a car on an empty engine, and a family cannot be supported, a house cannot be kept, and a budget cannot be adhered to if you are running on empty yourself.
We all need to take the time to fill ourselves up. That might mean taking a few minutes each day to feelgood. It might be exercising or eating well. Doing what it takes to fill our own engines back up regularly means that we are in tip top shape to tackle that to do list on a daily basis. So what can you do to take better care of yourself? I wanted to share with you seven ways you can do it.
Looking after your mind
One of the first things you can start to do is to take care of your mind. It will probably be the most neglected part of your body as often your thoughts naturally happen without much thinking being involved. If you understand what I mean. What you need to consider is that negativity can breed negativity, and you can have negative thought whirring around your brain without you really realizing it, but they will be affecting you in. Your mood can be affected, your actions even. Working on your mind means creating new habits of positive thinking. Even doing things like meditation can help you to clear your mind at the end of the day, ro even at the beginning, and help to focus your mind. It could even help you to prioritise a little better.
Changing your appearance
You probably don’t get much time to do your hair or put on your makeup in a morning, am I right? But these sorts of actions can actually dramatically change the way you feel about yourself, especially when it comes to your mindset. It could be getting inspiration for different hairstyles to try, this is when you could go to therighthairstyles.com for some of the latest trends. It might mean just putting on a bit of foundation or bronzer to give you a glow in a morning. It can be full on, or it it could be subtle, but the truth is, just do what is best for you and what makes you feel great. The small things can make the biggest impact.
Getting more sleep
Sleep is one of those things that can be classed as the holy grail. But actually, a few changes to your routine and habits could mean that you get more of it, or certainly a better quality of sleep. Reducing your intake of alcohol and caffeine can have a positive effect, as well as going to bed a little earlier or avoiding technology just before you go to bed. Things like browsing your phone or tablet can keep your mind stimulated and not relax it like you are intending it to do. Websites like helpguide.org have some great tips.
Drinking more water
Water is nature’s natural detox, and it can actually have a real positive effect on you the more your drink. Water can improve your mood and energy levels, it can improve your skin tone and condition, and it can even help with the quality of sleep. Feeling hydrated can help you to feel good on the inside and the out. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is recommended. If you struggle to drink water or keep yourself hydrated, lieka lot of women on the go do, then keeping a water bottle nearby can be a helpful reminder.
Being more active
Sometimes a little activity can go a long way. It doesn’t mean that you need to be in the gym everyday, although if you want to be there is nothing wrong with that. Being more active is just that. Taking a conscious choice to walk somewhere or get out of the house. Taking the stairs instead of a lift. You can do home workouts infront of YouTube videos or just do some daily meditation or yoga. Whatever you choose to do, add more activity to your day and reap the rewards.
Revamping your skincare routine
Your skin is a big giveaway that you aren’t feeling your best. It can look tired, off colour and even break out in spots if you are not taking good care of yourself. A quick tip would be to revamp your skincare routine and take ownership of looking your best. It might be trying a new face wash or cleanser or even just making sure you moisturise each day. Simple changes could make a big difference to your skin and how you appear. Which can ultimately lift your mood and confidence levels.
Preparing for the seasons ahead
Finally, with the changing of the season you may want to start thinking about your home and your wardrobe. Being organised can actually be a great thing, both physically and for your mindset. Sorting out the clothes you can start to wear once more, clearing your home of clutter and mess and generally preparing yourself for the seasons ahead. It helps you to feel in control of things. The seasonal change could also be the motivation to make some of the other changes mentioned above. Helping you to overhaul your lifestyle and make some positive changes for the future.
I hope that some of these tips and tricks help you to take better care of yourself.