• Hannah

why a self-care day is essential for your wellbeing.

What does self-care mean to you? A hot bubble bath, watching your guilty-pleasure movie, getting your hair done, working out at the gym? Self-care is subjective, differing from person to person based on your interests, tastes, needs and personality. What is universal is that self-care, or looking after yourself, is essential.

benefits of self-care.

improves your physical and mental health.

Some elements of self-care involve becoming more in tune with your body and its needs. Some choose to meditate or practice relaxing exercises, such as yoga. Others prefer more intensive hobbies as a form of self-care, such as running, cycling, or even walking. Looking after yourself starts from within, so ensure whatever physical activity you are undertaking is having a positive effect on your mental health at the same time.

reduces stress and anxiety.

Partaking in relaxing self-care activities that allow you to sit and reflect are great ways to recharge your mind and body. Sometimes a simple walk around the block to clear your mind and remove yourself from a stressful situation can do wonders for your mental health. Self-care doesn’t have to be a long-drawn-out process; you can practice bite-sized self-care tasks throughout the day to keep your happiness topped up and your mind at ease.

boosts your confidence.

Sometimes, self-care can be about improving our physical appearance. Getting your hair cut, painting your nails, trying a new face mask are all important parts of taking care of yourself. If it makes you feel good during and after, then it’s something you should incorporate into your life.

enhances your emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Recognising when you need to take time for yourself is an important life skill that many can neglect. By identifying when self-care is needed, you are becoming more in tune with your emotions and, in turn, with others’ emotions.

makes you happier.

Think about it, if your self-care activities bring you joy and you’re doing them regularly, you’re going to be a happier person. Exuding happiness and positivity keeps your mind healthy and improves your attitude on life and relationships with others. There’s no catch, do some self-care activities and feel renewed.

types of self-care activities.

have a nap.

Evidence shows that napping is excellent for “improving mood, energy, and productivity while reducing anxiety and physical and mental tension.” Listen to what your body is telling you. You’re less likely to feel motivated and productive when you’re tired. 10-20 minute “power naps” are considered the ideal length to allow the body to move through the sleep stages without feeling groggy afterwards. To help you fall asleep quicker, remove natural light from your bedroom, don’t go on your phone or watch TV and listen to meditative music or anything that gets you in a state of calm or relaxation.

read a book.

Reading is a great way to remove yourself from reality and momentarily escape. Find a new book or pick up an old favourite and find a comfy spot to curl up in. It works even better with a cup of tea and a biscuit. If you’re doing smaller self-care activities throughout the day, then set yourself a limit to a couple of chapters.

listen to music.

Another great way to escape reality for a while is listening to music. This can be done whenever and wherever and can drastically affect your mood. Create a specific playlist for when you need to recharge, when you’re stressed or low or anxious and add your favourite songs to it. Whack some headphones in and lie down in bed or go for a nice stroll.

have a soak in the bath.

If you’re lucky enough to have a bath at home, then set aside some time in the evening to relax. Treat yourself to some bubble bath or a bath bomb, light some candles, turn out the lights and let life pass you by.

treat yourself to some new clothes.

Sometimes all we need is a physical pick-me-up. Buy that top you keep seeing in the shop window, or those shoes in that TikTok you saved last week. That piece of clothing will then serve as a reminder of when you needed it, and you’ll feel happier in yourself. However, do make sure you’re not spending money for the sake of it, or over-spending more than you have. Read our article on ‘how to reduce sad spending for tips if you struggle with this.

make your favourite food.

Having a nice, satisfying meal could be the self-care activity you need to end the day right. Think of a meal that you’ve always enjoyed eating and make it. It’s even better if you share the meal with others and make an evening of it. If you hate cooking, then order it in. It saves you from doing the washing up!

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