We get it, making sure that everyone else is okay is kinda your thing, right? But I’m here to tell you: It. Is. Not. Sustainable.

Tension and stress levels are higher than ever before as the new strain of Coronavirus continues to cause havoc. And as predictable checklists are starting to pile up for 2021, the world is looking for non-medical interventions to feel better.

Self-care is on Instagram feeds, blogs, and in magazines everywhere. Yup, this phrase keeps popping up – accompanied by amazing bubble baths and perfectly made beds. Seriously though, who has time for that?!

Truth is, to millions, self-care involves indulgent bubble baths and turmeric lattes, but in reality, it can be anything to anyone. It can be simply taking a second to make sure you’re taking care of you and it looks different for everybody. In fact, sometimes self-care doesn’t look or feel very much like self-care. Skipping your favorite TV show to wash the dishes so you can wake up to a clean house might not feel like fun, but it could mean the kindest thing the next day.

In essence self-care refers to small daily habits that are carried out with the intention of reducing stress, enhancing energy, restoring health and being inspired as a whole. Exactly what we need right now, don’t you agree?

Now is the perfect time to reframe “me-time” as we sharpen our tools to conquer 2021 with renewed energy.

So, if you’re looking to spice up your self-care repertoire, we have a few quirky ideas you can try:

  • Start your day with something pleasant. It can be very grounding to have enjoyable rituals built into your day. Coffee anyone?
  • Treat yourself in small ways. If you would purchase flowers for a friend who is having a hard week, why not do the same for yourself?
  • Take a lazy Sunday all for yourself. Go to yoga class, have a little brunch and binge your favourite show. Sounds good, right?
  • Drink an extra glass of water today.
  • Find a green space. Sit outside during lunchtime. A cool drink is optional.
  • Take a nap and don’t feel guilty doing so.
  • Do lounge room dancing. Music is uplifting and movement is energizing, especially if you have the moves!
  • Call someone you love.
  • Walk barefoot on the grass.
  • Take yourself on a date. Pour yourself a cup of tea or a glass of wine and cozy up on your favourite chair for a few hours. No need to share any snacks!
  • Compare less and compliment yourself more. Focus more on flaunting what you already have instead of trying to “lose” something.
  • Pay it forward. Do something for a stranger.
  • Take 5 minutes every day just to “be.” Block out time in your calendar to do something that you love. Read a page from your favourite book, or simply look at the clouds.

Are you taking care of yourself? Because when you do, you are building the strongest, healthiest version of yourself. And this version is the one that will help you to face your responsibilities and enable you to take care of the people you love.

Source: blogs.psychcentral.com, keepinspiring.me, womanshealthmag.com, jodiearnot.com, medium.com, hyperbiotics.com, themighty.com, hercampus.com, tinybuddha.com, healthywomen.org, selfcare247.co.za, lifehacker.com, parents.com, verywellmind.com, greatest.com, positivityblog.com, girlboss.com, developgoodhabits.com, blog.zencare.co, thethirty.whowhatwear.com, mentalhealth.org.uk, inquirer.com

 

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