If you’re a tried and true self-improvement fan, you understand the important of self-care. While hacks and gym sessions can help improve your creativity and productivity, in the end it all really comes down to how you take care of you.
Self-care has been a popular subject lately and although some tips are beneficial, some can be a stretch (like who has time to [buy and] blend a proprietary juice of wheatgrass, matcha green tea, and spinach every day??).
Self-care shouldn’t make you go out of your way because then setting up a habit of self-care becomes that much harder. Instead, self-care should be little things you add to your routine or ways you can improve your routine that will help you feel better.
Here are 10 easy self-care ideas that you can implement into any routine.
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1. Brush your teeth longer.
Brushing your teeth should take a minimum of 2 minutes, but an easy self-care idea is to give your pearly whites a true deep cleaning. Instead of 2 minutes of brushing, take 5 and try meditating to calm your nerves.
2. Journal daily.
Journaling has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and boost overall wellbeing.
It’s best to journal early in the morning and at the end of the day. When you wake, jot down your thoughts, dreams, and finally, end with your goals for the day. In the evening, go ahead and write down whatever’s on your mind, otherwise known as a mind dump, and see whether you were able to fulfill your goals for the day. You’ll soon notice that you’re able to achieve a calmer and more focused headspace after you take note of your thoughts and goals.
3. Take breaks from your phone.
Taking time away from your phone is replenishing and something you should strive to do every day. It’s not necessary to starve yourself of your phone for extensive periods, especially if your work depends on you maintaining contact. What you can do is put your phone on silent or leave it in another room while you destress by meditating, exercising, or even completing chores.
To make it easier, you can schedule time away from your phone and set app limits through Apple’s Screen Time settings.
4. Drink more water!
Many people are chronically dehydrated, which not only leads to poor concentration, it can also affect how we look and feel. Drinking more water can solve these issues and is an often overlooked aspect of self-care. Our bodies are comprised of 55-60% water, making it easy to see why staying properly hydrated is so important.
Though the common advice to drink 8 cups of water is a good average, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that the daily fluid intake should be about 15.5 cups for men and about 11.5 cups a day for women.
A good way to gauge if you’re drinking enough water is to look for signs of dehydration – dry lips, dark colored urine, and a constant feeling of thirst. If you don’t already own a reusable water bottle, I highly recommend getting a time marked bottle to ensure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
5. Go on a walk.
Daily exercise is essential for reconnecting the mind and body. Going on a walk is a great way to clear your mind and get your blood pumping.
6. Take your time.
Most of us rush through everything from getting to work to making dinner to chores. All that does is give us a sense of loss of control and overwhelming anxiety. It’s better to wake up a few minutes early and enjoy the ride to work than stress about traffic and whether you’ll get to work on time.
If you take your time, you’ll start to find that any job you do feels less like a chore. You can even practice meditating or deep breathing, so that you make progress in other aspects despite the time commitment.
7. Brush your hair.
Brushing your hair gets rid of tangles and it also can be very stimulating as you lightly massaging your scalp in the process.
Away from a brush or comb? Gently comb through your hair with your fingers – it’ll be gentler on your scalp and feel a lot more relaxing.
8. Indulge in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy has the ability to take you to a different headspace. There are calming scents like lavender, bergamot, mandarin, and jasmine. Then there are more stimulating essential oils like rosemary, tangerine, peppermint, lemongrass, and basil. Whatever scent you choose, aromatherapy can be an easy way to unwind and take some time for yourself.
9. Take care of your skin.
Looking good usually precludes feeling good so it’s important to take a bit of time every day to care for your skin. Setting up a basic skincare routine doesn’t have to be intimidating, there are many products out there, but if you stick to what your main skin concerns are, it becomes much simpler. Most women have trouble with pigmentation, aging, and dry skin. For more details on an anti-aging regimen I swear by check out this post.
10. End your night with bedtime stretches or yoga.
Wind down the night with pre-bedtime stretches. Practice deep breathing as you go through your stretches. Try to hold each stretch for as long as you can before moving onto the next. Yoga is another great alternative that will help your mind and body to relax in preparation for bed. Some good bedtime yoga poses are child pose, cobra pose, forward bend pose, and frog pose.
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