Taking good care of ourselves is more important now than it’s ever been. With such uncertain times, how can you be sure to really take good care of your mental and physical state?
Although the current circumstances are less than ideal, I’m a huge advocate of being positive and looking at all the good in the world (instead of the bad).
During a time where we only really have ourselves to look after and account for, why not use it as an opportunity to look inside and really explore yourself.
When the world seems out of control, only focus on the things you can control.
One thing we do have complete control over is how we treat ourselves.
So, what does it really mean to take care of yourself?
You should always remember to take the time for self care, because let’s face it, life isn’t always sunshine and roses.
It gets tough!
Practising self care is not selfish. It’s important to be aware of your own needs and wants.
Here are 15 ways to practice self care, stay productive and put a smile on your face every single day from home..
1. Clean & Organize
Your environment will set the tone for how you act and behave. If your environment is tidy and organized, your mind will feel the same.
It’s important to have a clean and organized environment, especially when practising self care.
Make sure the space you’re in is not cluttered, as this can significantly add to the stress in your mind.
If you struggle with cleaning for long periods of time, start off with a 10-15 minute cleaning session, and grow from there.
Start with the small tasks and work your way up from there. This will make the task a little less overwhelming.
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2. Cut the Noise
Cut out anything that could be adding to your stress, anxiety and any fear you have about the world right now.
This could be social media, news or communications you might get.
You should always aim to stay informed, but don’t get consumed by the amount of excessive content out there.
Put your phone away, disconnect for all the noise and create a calm and peaceful environment.
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3. Stick to a schedule
Everyone likes routine. Your mind and body will thank you for a well organized daily schedule.
With a daily schedule, you’ll be able to get more done, become extra productive and you won’t feel as overwhelmed.
Schedule in all of the tips listed here, so you’re able to maximize taking care of yourself. A Typical day will include:
- Meal prep
- Fun activity
It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough guide to give your day a bit of structure.
You can create an hour by hour routine, if you ever want to ramp it up and become even more organized.
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4. Focus on mindfulness
Practise being more aware of yourself and your thoughts by focusing on mindfulness.
In mindfulness, you should be paying special attention to your thoughts, feelings and environment.
Calm your overactive brain by quietening to noise and tuning in on your deep thoughts.
Meditating is a great way to get back into touch with yourself. Although difficult at first, it soon becomes something part of your daily routine.
When you wake up, take some time to focus on being still.
No phone, no emails, no communication, no tv.
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5. Start Journalling
Journalling can be a great way to write out all of your thoughts, even the negative ones, on paper.
Writing in a journal always helps improve my mood and leave me feeling a lot more focused and motivated.
Use it to write down everything you’re grateful for. Gratitude is a humbling action that goes a long way to helping you be happy and more content.
It gives you a bit of time for self reflection.
There is just something extra special about getting all of your crazy thoughts out on paper. Although problems won’t just disappear just by writing them down, you should feel like a weight has been lifted.
If you want to have a little rant in your journal, don’t feel like your doing anything wrong. A journal is there for self reflection and self improvement.
By writing your thoughts into a journal, you’re able to look at things from a different perspective, focus on the things you’re happy about or could improve.
Most importantly you’re able to clear your mind.
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6. Look to the Future
Although we are facing a time of uncertainty at the moment, this won’t last forever.
So why not use this time to work on your goals for the future.
Setting goals, big or small, are so important if you want to be successful, or happy for that matter.
However far into the future you think your goals will take you, you should always write them down (with timelines).
Create an amazing reflection of your goals and dreams by making a vision board. Place it somewhere you’ll see it everyday.
Each time you walk past it, it should give you the ‘good feels’ and motivate you further.
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7. Pamper Yourself
Give back to yourself by having a nourishing and revitalising pamper sesh.
Run a soothing lavender bath or give yourself a nice facial. A good pamper session will leave you feeling happy and way more relaxed.
So be kind to yourself even through all the negative things going on, it will only make you stronger.
8. Read more
During your time in isolation, why not get lost in a great book?
Whether it’s a self development book or complete fiction, it doesn’t matter! Start reading something you’ll enjoy and want to finish.
Studies show that reading a book can decrease stress levels by 68%, and being less stressed in number way to practise self care.
If even with all of this free time, you find yourself without time, why not try an audible book from Amazon, so you’re able to cook and clean while listening to your favourite book.
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9. Find a Hobby
Whether you are revisiting something you love to do or you want to start fresh, taking up a hobby can be an excellent way to practice self care.
Finding something you love to do, can do a lot more than pass the time.
Exploring a hobby at home can elevate your mood and can be a great addition to your self care routine.
Find a hobby that brings you joy daily, whether that’s painting, playing an instrument or dancing.
If the ultimate goal is happiness, practice finding your ‘happy’ in the things you do. It’s an essential part of our wellbeing.
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10. Upgrade your skills
Just because you aren’t in school or college anymore, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be learning.
During the course of our lives, it’s so important to keep building our skills and keep learning, as it becomes even easier now that we are really able to focus on ourselves.
Make use of the amount of great content found on the interweb.
Online education platform such as Skillshare allow you to really focus and upgrade on your skills, all in the comfort of your own home.
They have classes and courses on a countless number of topics, so find something you’re interested in and go full force.
Skillshare are offering 2 months free, so you have nothing to lose by trying it out.
11. Listen to a ‘Good Vibes’ playlist
Instead of watching the news, or scrolling on social media, tune in to a playlist that will make you feel good.
Create a playlist that’ll give you good vibes boost your mood and set you up for positivity.
Listening to a good playlist will give you time to yourself
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12. Exercise at Home
As working out becomes almost impossible outside of the home, it is incredibly important to create a little exercise routine that works for you at home.
If you’re like me and you struggle with a full hour workout, try something like yoga or instead try a more intense, but shorter, 10-15 minute HIIT workout.
Whatever exercise form suits you, the important thing is to adopt it into your daily/weekly routine.
There is a surplus of videos on Youtube, so find one that works for you and stick to it (without fail) for at least 3 times a week.
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13. Watch TV
Yes I said it!
Watching TV doesn’t always have to be toxic and a waste of valuable time.
Find a piece of feel good tv that either makes you laugh or… feel good!
14. Look your best
Regardless of your size, weight or shape, you can always look your best.
Looking your best means taking care of your body by having a great skincare regime, whitening your teeth, painting your nails, sleeping 7-8 hours a night, eating well or doing your hair.
Eat foods that are going to make you feel good or increase your mood. There are allowed of foods out there that will induce your stress levels and make you feel worse. So Look out!
When you look good, you will feel even better..
15. Call Somebody
Taking care of yourself is top priority but it’s also important to check in with friends and loved ones. For your own sanity and theirs.
Having a long chat with a trusted and uplifting friend can honestly make you’re day. You have the opportunity to catch up and be distracted from everything currently happening.
Staying connected with the positive people in your life is important, so make time for this daily if you can.
Your Journey to Happiness…
There’s a lot going on in the world, no doubt.
Instead of giving into the fear, panic and worry about what is going to happen, try your best to stay calm.
Start with the basics and take care of yourself at home, as this is the safest place to be. Do whatever you need to do to practice self care, because it all starts with you.
Self care comes in many shapes and sizes. Determine what it means for you, take it and run with it.