Hello beautiful people, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
In the mist of getting ready for Christmas, it can get overwhelming and it’s important to sometimes stop and take care of yourself, just like any other time. Although it may seem impossible due to the many things that needs to be done. You have to remember that your well-being matters too.
I am still working on perfecting how to take care of myself, how to say no, how to simply stop and have a moment to myself. Although it’s a work-in progress, I’ve managed to find things that work for me. I also want to point out that these self-care ideas aren’t extravagant and 9/10 we are either surrounded by these things or have most of them in our homes. We just have to use them for the purpose of relaxing and taking care or ourselves
Here are 10 ways to Self-Care
- Have a pampering bubble bath: not everyone loves bubble bath, but I absolutely do. It’s probably one of the most relaxing thing I do, for the longest time I’ve had the worst sleeping pattern. However after a bubble bath, I get so relaxed that falling asleep isn’t an issue. If you want more than just a simple bubble bath, you can add some essential oils (Lavender is my fav), also some rose petals because why not, soft music in the background, and an occasional glass of wine. I mean how can you resist that.
- Change the atmosphere in your room ( fairy lights) or light a candle: You know when you go to the spa and they have dimmed lights, soft music, scented candles. Bring the spa to your room, lay down, do some breathing exercises and relax.
- Read a book / read the bible : Reading is such a beautiful and peaceful thing to do, I honestly don’t get how some people don’t like reading. There is something amazing about picking up a book and reading. When I read, that’s all I thing about and I prefer an actual book to other means of reading. Don’t get me wrong I use audible and enjoy it, however I find it annoying that I can listen to it whilst scrolling down on Instagram. When I’m reading a book, I get so drawn into it that it’s the only thing I’m thinking about at that moment. Read your bible and meditate the word of God. One of the best escape if you ask me.
- Get some fresh air, Go for a walk or a run: Going outside even for five minute makes a different. Personally I am not a fan of running, I admire people that enjoy running, but I will pick a walk over a run any day. Staying indoors can leave you feeling drained and tired, nature and exposure to natural light can easily boosts your physical and mental energy.
- Do an at-home face mask: I don’t have a specific skin-care routine, however I have a bunch of masks that I used for relaxing purposes as well as “skin-care” if you want to call it that. Your local drug store will have a bunch of masks at a very affordable price, The Bodyshop, Boots, even your closest supermarket. You can even attempt to make your own. Just because you can’t make it to the spa doesn’t mean you can’t bring the spa im the comfort of your own home.
- Say no to things you don’t want to do: This may be tricky, however it’s okay to sometimes be selfish. When something isn’t worth your time, say no..no explanation needed. We get used to saying yes so much that when we say no, we feel the need to explain ourselves. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.
- Get enough sleep: If you are like me then you have a horrible sleeping pattern ..welcome to the club. It’s not exactly a fun club to be because resting is so important, you can’t be as productive if you don’t allow yourself to rest enough. Whether it means being super disciplined and having a bedtime, find a way to make sure you sleep enough
- Journaling : I have a blog on journaling ( check it out Start a journal). Journal your emotions, feelings, desires, worries, and everything else, this way your mind is free from thinking about everything at the same time.
- Listen to music: Music is so powerful, and can easily change your mood. Listen to music, dance around the house to your favourite tunes and forget about everything else.
- Last but not least, remind yourself it’s okay to take care of yourself: we are so used to being there for others, lending a hand etc that we forget to take a step back and think “How am I doing? “. It’s okay to be selfish sometimes, it’s okay to put your phone on airplane mode and pick up a book instead, it’s okay to wanting to stay home instead of going out, it’s okay to take a 5 minute walk to feel refreshed.
The point I’m trying to make is for us to get used to caring for ourselves in ways that will boost confidence and self-esteem, ways that will encourage us to be more productive, ways that will encourage us to be more creative. You cannot pour out of an empty glass, make sure you are full to be able to pour out efficiently. You matter just like everybody else.
There are so many ways to self-care, I’d like to encourage each one of us to find those things that helps us rejuvenate our minds, body and soul. It’s a process that I am currently getting used to, baby steps. Start by 10 minutes a day and before you know it, it’ll be a daily routine.
And that concludes Day 2 of Blogmas. Let me know in the comments below how you self-care.
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas