Self care, wellbeing, mindfulness. They are words that I haven’t really used until recently. As you grow up you start to realise how important it is to look after yourself and spend some extra time for your wellbeing. I’m sharing with you 10 ways to practice self care even though you’re completely new to the subject and have little time to assign to it.
Start short sessions of meditation
If you haven’t practiced any type of meditation before, a great place to start would be an app or an audible playlist. There are apps out there that help you meditate; it’s such as having your own personal coach guiding you through meditation everyday. I started my meditation series with Simple Habit last summer by listening to a shooting voice teaching me all about breathing techniques, the power of our imagination to bring happy thoughts and becoming more positive, just before drifting off to sleep. I’m always looking forward to that moment of my day, either that’s 5 or 10 minutes I can dedicate to it. Have a look on app store / google play and pick one app that works for you – usually they’re free, but you can upgrade to unlock other meditation exercises if you’d like to. The fun part is that you can meditate on your commute, as soon as you wake up in the morning, on your work break or while in bed at night. Whenever works for you.
Take moments for yourself
This might sound straightforward, but not a lot of us do this consciously. You might have a lot on your plate right now, from juggling work to doing your daily house keeping stuff, socialising with people, taking time to sort your other projects. These things take a lot of energy out of you, without you realising it. It’s not like going to the gym for 20 min and then feeling exhausted right away. No. A busy schedule will make you tired in the long run. Say you’ll feel it at the end of the week or month. When you realise you’re involved in too many things at once, create a schedule and allow yourself to take a breather. Right in the middle of my day I like to disconnect by going to the gym / for a run, by doing yoga or by just watching an inspiring video. It’s very important that you consciously realise that the moment is for yourself, for your own wellbeing.
I’ve learnt this during my meditation practices; being grateful that we’re alive and that we’ve had so many accomplishments this far is an amazing deed that we can do for ourselves. Be grateful and put things into perspective, you have a whole life in front of you to create even more great accomplishments & wonderful memories. It works like magic for me and I truly recommend you try it. You’ll notice positive thoughts running through your head at random times of the day.
Allow yourself to experience emotions
Either good or bad, emotions need to be let out. We all have rough days when we can’t feel as positive. Allow yourself to just be! Don’t feel pressured to feel something else than you’re experiencing. For as long as you need. Then, try to get back on your positive vibes. It’s important to acknowledge the feeling and then move on.
Enjoy ever mouthful
Having time to fully enjoy your meal is vital. Take at least one meal a day where you sit down and eat your food without doing something else (eg. working). While we eat dinner, me and Andrei like to either chat or watch an entertaining video to disconnect a little bit before we go back to working on our projects. I recommend you do the same and have that as your daily objective. You’ll feel so much better at the end of the day.
Don’t judge yourself too harshly
We all have our own plans and objectives. Some of us even run our businesses while working full time and that means juggling a lot and accomplishing a lot on both plans. The mistake some of us do is judging ourselves on the daily instead of focusing on the yearly. What that means is that if one of your posts as a blogger didn’t do well today or if your sales are down today, that’s not a big deal at all. Look at it from a year’s perspective, did you grow your views / following or did you make more sales than last year? That’s your KPI and should feel proud. That’s something that I started doing recently and it definitely opens up a new perspective.
Avoid running into stressful situations
Ahh, I used to be the queen of running into stressful situations in every circumstance because I wasn’t organised enough. Of course there are situations like that even today, but they occur less because I’m tired of not organising myself and forgetting small pieces of the puzzle. Say you need to go on a short trip, you might want to plan you outfits in advance, do your research on all the places you want to see (including the distance between them) and pack some extra helpful items such as an umbrella, plasters. You’ll save time deciding what to wear in the morning and those nice things you wanted to see might be on your way and run into them randomly during the day while you’re out and about! Same goes for going to work and planning your meals. Just give an extra 5 minutes of planning and you’ll be running into less stressful situations.
It’s a cliché, but taking a relaxing bath really has the power to make you feel more at ease. The sweet scent of your bubble foam or oils, the lukewarm water and the lit candles contribute to lifting your mood and inducing you into a state of relaxation. Even 20 min of soaking will make a difference. These are moments you can take for yourself and choose health over any work you might have due. Everything else can wait and it’s ok.
Practice your hobby
We all have one! It can be painting (mine is), playing an instrument, reading or cycling. In today’s world where we’re pressured to do everything we need to do, there is literally little time left for practicing our hobbies. Although that is the case, we still need to find time for hobbies. That half an hour of cooking can easily be reduced to 15 minutes if you’re looking at the right recipe. Cut time on mundane activities and allow yourself more time for some fun stuff! It’s all going back to being organised.
Declutter & disconnect
Besides decluttering your home, it’s important for your mind to declutter your email box (yeah that one running out of space now) and your iPhone that is running out of space. I only keep my phone on silent mode because who needs to hear all those alerts? It’s a good idea yo disconnect from your phone or social media life when you get home from work and a little bit before bed. Choose meditation instead if scrolling on feeds.
Self care is highly important and the more we focus on our mind, the better we perform in other areas of our lives: relationships with others, daily activities, planning your time. I hope you enjoyed this post and that will make you start practicing self-care from now on, or add a different activity to your current routine. Which one of these tips would be the easiest for you to take right now?
What I’m wearing
Besiva – Animal Print Top
Primark – High Waisted Shorts
Lots of love,