Thursday, 18 June 2020

12 Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care At Home


'You can't pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.'

Self care is such an important part of looking after our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Life gets so busy and we are always on to the next thing whether that is going out to the fancy new cocktail bar or working super long hours to try and progress in our careers. It's so hard now to find the time to fit in self care yet it is something that is so important. Lockdown has made me realise that a slower pace of life is actually a good thing and it's really important to make some time for yourself. I've done this a lot over the last three months and I'm going to try my hardest to continue when life gets back to normal. So here are my 12 tips on ways to practice self care at home. 

1. Long Baths 

Make a little at home spa set up. Buy yourself some face/eye masks and your favourite lush bath bomb. Light some candles and completely relax. One thing I find really nice is to just sit in the bath and do nothing. Often I find myself setting up my laptop to watch something on Youtube or reading a book while in the bath. But there is a lot of joy in simply laying down and not putting pressure on yourself to do anything! 

2. At home nails 

For two years straight up until the beginning of this year I got gel nails done every couple of weeks. It's taken months but my nails are finally starting to look healthy again, and now I'm not looking back! I don't want to get gels again unless its a super special occasion. I've treated myself to some new nails inc polishes (TKMax have a good online sale at the moment!) and I've been enjoying switching up the colours of my nails every week. Top tip try to get good quality products that will last longer. Nails inc can last up to a week without chipping! 

3. Fitness

Staying motivated with fitness is hard, but once I find a good routine I do tend to stick to it. I've been loving Zoe's zoom classes (she does them on a Tuesday and Friday morning for more info check out here instagram here.) You can also check out my blog post interview with her all about fitness here.

4. Gratitude

Writing down three things you are grateful for everyday. Doing this first thing in the morning or last thing at night before you go to bed. This will help you not to forget the important things that make you happy.

5.  Treat yourself to a take away coffee 

Now that coffee shops are open for takeaways, treat yourself to your favourite drink and go for a walk or sit in your local park. I did this with my friend the other day and it makes your day feel a little bit more normal.

6. Baking

I've turned into the baking queen since the beginning of lockdown and I'm loving it so far.  I've got most of my recipes from Jane Patisserie here. I've actually got the NYC cookies baking in the oven right now as I'm writing this.

7. Keep track of your accomplishments

I was talking about this to someone the other day, we live in a world where we are always thinking about what we need to achieve next rather than be happy for what we have already achieved.

8. Edit your Social Media

Go through your social media feeds and mute or unfollow any accounts that no longer bring you joy! I do this every 6 months or so and it means when I'm scrolling through my instagram feed I'm enjoying most of the content I am seeing rather than spending so long scrolling through things you don't want to see or don't make you happy.

9. Spend quality time with people who make you happy 

Make sure you make time to spend with and see people who make you feel happy. Now that lockdown is being eased you can plan after work walks with your friends or going for a picnic. I always love it when you spend time with people and you leave with a smile on your face.

10. Listen to a podcasts

I love podcasts and may do a future post about my favourite ones. I enjoy listening to them when I'm cleaning or going for a walk by myself. Lily and Anna have just re-launched their podcast and I'm really enjoying it at the moment you can check it out here. It's just like listening to myself and my friends chatting.

11. Read a self help book 

My favourite is Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King. I would also recommend following him on instagram. This book talks all about how to look at the positives in your life. And really makes you think about how you can easily change your mindset to have a happier life.

12. Make yourself breakfast and then have it in bed 

I love breakfast in bed...but who said you need to wait for someone to do it for you! Make yourself some yummy breakfast then get back into bed watch something on your laptop/TV and have a chilled start to your day.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any other self care ideas.

Love
Nicole
xx


  
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