Self care tips are everywhere you look these days.
And for good reason. Our generation is in an unprecedented time of worries about health and safety and political mudslinging. Simply put, we are stressed.
Self care is just that: activities that help you take care of yourself. They can be big actions, but often it is the small day to day rituals that really have a massive impact. I talk about what self care really is here, so after you read this, go check that out. It will really make you take a look at your self care practices and evaluate whether or not they are actually helping.
I met Sophie on Twitter, and I loved her down to earth wisdom about self care, so I asked if she would share it with you all. Check out her advice, and let us know your favorite self care activities in the comments!
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Self care tips you need to hear
So, I think it’s safe to say the lockdown is getting to us all at least a little bit.
Especially since the government has announced it’s being extended to three more weeks! Do not fear, though. I ‘m about to give you all my top self care tips that are bound to help make you feel 10x fresher, as if you haven’t been stuck in the house for a month at all.
Go for a walk everyday
The government has allowed us to go for one form of exercise each day, e.g. a bike ride, a run, or a walk, so USE IT! Don’t waste this one form of exercise allowance. Would the government really have allowed it if it wasn’t important? NO!
Getting out of the house at least once a day, even for a short walk, is essential to our physical and mental health. So, get out of bed or step away from your desk and go outdoors! You will feel so much more relaxed and clear-headed, trust me.
If you’re trying to build up your stamina and improve your physical and mental health in the form of exercise, I’d really recommend the couch to 5k app to help ease you into running! I’ve heard it’s been super beneficial for many people, so I would definitely give that a go if you’re wanting to get into running.
Have a pamper night
Pamper nights, for me, as genuinely essential to keeping my mental health in top form. I’m not saying doing a face mask is going to solve all your problems, but I am saying that taking some time, maybe an hour out of your evening, to have a hot shower and do some skin care may help you feel more relaxed. And it can help you get a better sleep during the night ahead. Just give it a go and I’m sure you’ll feel so much better for it!
My favourite face during quarantine has been the Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep mask, as it calms my skin down and leaves it looking so much brighter and more clear the next morning! I also love the John Frieda Frizz Ease hair mask and the OGX Moroccan Oil hair mask, which never fail to leave my hair so silky smooth.
I spoke in my Monthly Favourites post about some of my favourite beauty and skin care products, so definitely check that out if you need some new pamper goodies whilst in self-isolation.
Read a book
This is one of my most important self care tips. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy reading, reading a simple, short, easy book will definitely help you to escape from reality and live in a whole new world, as you live vicariously through the characters.
One of the Top 3 Things I Love About Books is how much easier I drift off the sleep after reading them! As someone who suffers severely with sleeping problems, it’s a miracle that books do this and I’m so grateful for it.
I have some book recommendations for quarantine in my February-March Reading Wrap-Up, which talks about what books I read throughout the month and which ones I recommend to you guys. I also have a post on How to Read More Books, if you’re someone who struggles to read a lot!
Some of my favourite books that I absolutely recommend you to read are The Perfect Wife, as well as Killing Commendatore and All The Bright Places. Oh, and I’d also really recommend It’s Kind of a Funny Story if you’re into mental health fiction! I also have a post about the Top 3 Books I Read Throughout 2019, so that will give you some great recommendations too!
So, there’s my advice for whilst we’re all stuck in lockdown! Thank you so much to Jen for allowing me to guest post on her amazing blog! I really hope you’re all doing well and staying safe at home. <3
What are your favourite self care activities?
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