Why Self Care?
Finding the time for yourself can be exceptionally hard, especially as we trudge through the struggles of life that we have to carry. Right now, more than ever, we carry a lot of responsibilities; whether this be your work life, caring and supporting your children, helping your family members who might be struggling or meeting important deadlines. Whatever challenges we find ourselves in, it is sometimes very easy to forget that we need to take care of ourselves, but this can be hard when we have to juggle the tasks of our daily lives. It's hard to prioritise ourselves when there is so many things to think about. But it is important to remember that you should really make this small amount of time to focus on you. It's not only nice to take care of yourself, but it also impacts your mental health. If you're reading this right now and thinking "this only benefits females as self care involves pampering", you're so wrong!
I ensure that I take the time every night to treat myself to a little bit of self care. Even writing my blog is the ultimate stress reliever. It's not a chore. It's something I really enjoy writing about and focusing on the time to write. I've always said I don't want to be one of those bloggers who are like everyone else and indulge into these makeup reviews because I find a lot of people do that. I want to write to inform and be of interest. This means that everything I write about, I want it to impact you, the reader. Whether this be to help you mentally, offer you inspiration or even giving you cooking ideas. Whatever the subject is, I want it to benefit you and for you to find it interesting. This is where I find my happiness and my bit of self care.
Like I say, I have a little routine at night where I do my small bit of self care. To me, keeping myself presentable and looking after myself is the most important thing. I like to take out a small part of my day, to just clean my face, take my makeup off and look after my skin. I used to have quite rubbish skin and be quite prone to getting spots - and for me that's a big insecurity as I didn't particularly want this spot on my skin and for people to stare at it. Makeup didn't help as it's a catch twenty two. You get a spot, so you cover it with makeup, which then creates more spots as your skin does not want to be blocked and wants to breathe. I even found that makeup wipes when taking my makeup off were not even taking everything off as the foundation had sunken into my pores. Anyway, long story short, I chose to use Tropic skincare on my face for my little bit of "me time". Right now, I'm using the Smoothing Cleanser complexion purifier which I gently rub in my face every night and then wash off with a hot flannel. It gets all my makeup off and leaves my skin feeling really smooth. I then finish this routine with a Tropic moisturiser. This little routine just makes me feel really happy that I've taken this small amount of time just for me.
There are many ways in which you can make the time to partake in a self care regime. It doesn't have to be long but I think it's super important to do so. There are several ways that you can focus on your own form of self care. It can be as simple as setting bedtimes, having morning routines and ensuring you eat nutritious meals. Alongside of this, it is important to schedule the time for leisure like meeting friends. Obviously, this is a little harder right now, but from tomorrow (Monday 29th) you can sit in the back garden with a rule of six! This is great as FINALLY you can now socialise and share activities with your friends such as a BBQ - and as the weather is warming up, this seems like an excellent idea.
Self care can provide you with many things:
offers a time for reflection
generates soothing feelings
gives you a chance to have time for yourself
There are so many things you can do, and I understand if you're a parent you may feel guilty for not giving your children attention. But I think it's important as if you do not take this time for yourself, the stress may build up!
Here are some things you could do to ensure you participate in self care:
Go for a long walk
Do something crafty - this is great to take some time away from reality, whether this is making something, colouring, sewing or knitting. I've taken up resin and love it so much, I have launched a successful business from it
take a nice bubble bath - add some candles, play some soothing music and just relax
Do yoga - regular yoga can reduce stress levels and contribute to healthier hearts
Go to bed earlier
Go to a beauty salon and have a massage (I've missed this!)
Cook a lovely, heart meal
Have a kick around in the field with your friends (if that's your thing!)
Have a clear out of stuff you don't need anymore
Listen to your favourite music
Treat yourself to buying some flowers
Put on a hair mask
Give yourself a manicure or pedicure (if you're a guy then why don't you give yourself a little shape up; trim and tidy that beard, moisturise and rub some beard oil in!)
There are so many more things you can do! I'm particularly fond of history so I'm excited to get back out there a visit these historical places. I've always been a bit of a history geek! If you are going to do a self care regime, it's vital to (especially if you're a busy person) to block out a time where you can do this. There are other more substantial forms of self care which involves a healthier lifestyle, getting regular exercise and ensuring you get enough sleep every night. Remember, your mental health is so so important!
Neglecting your personal care can have some serious side effects. If we don't practise it, we could find ourselves becoming more anxious, tired or angry. It's even possible that it could decrease your relationship satisfaction, empathy, self-esteem or even compassion. Ignoring problems such as stress can enhance your chances to have serious problems like depression or even heart disease. Obviously, telling someone to take some time out for themselves is easier said than done, but like I said earlier, if you block out that little time for you, it might just help!