5 ways to take care of yourself
It’s time to focus on you so that you have time for you. Whether you have 5 minutes or more (!), finding time for yourself is a must, not an option.
Finding time for yourself is a must, not an option.
Yes, I know you were probably distracted, multi-tasking no doubt, so I repeated myself!
Looking after yourself, just you, is so important to your physical and mental wellbeing.
Here’s how you can do it:
Do something you love. For me that includes reading. I’ve just recently rekindled my love of reading with the help of the Bookish Mamas facebook group. I find that this is hands-down the best way to relax. By reading fiction, I can escape into another world, totally forget the other world and the continuous to-do list, the washing that needs putting into the tumbler and tomorrow night’s tea that needs taking out the freezer… I’m also exploring genres. Give me chic-lit though and I might just find time to sort that washing out!
Get into a routine to take care of yourself. Whether this means sorting out regular childcare, getting up earlier than everyone else of doing something at an unsocial hour, routine is often the key. Otherwise it’s likely that time to take care of yourself will get swallowed up.
Put it in your diary or on your calendar or a reminder in your phone! Whatever works for you, do it and stick to it! Me? I tend to put reminders in my phone. Even if I don’t do them (reiki, yoga stretches, meditation) when the phone pings, I see the reminders when I (too frequently) check my phone and hey presto, I’ve reminded myself to remember!
Get some earplugs to minimise distractions. We all like to do different things to relax. My hubby likes to cook, I like to type (yes really! Give me some typing to do and I’m happy as the female version of Larry!). You’ll usually find that earplugs can be worn for most activities safely and they really do help you to zone-in to your zen.
Listen to a motivating, relaxing, uplifting podcast (use those headphones too!). Just remember to put your phone on flight mode…
I asked some other bloggers their top tips on looking after ‘you’:
Take yourself to bed a little earlier and take that time for yourself. Read, mediate, Netflix whatever takes your fancy. Sinead Latham from Sineadlatham.com
Get plenty of fresh air and drink lots of water. Jo from Cup of Toast
Do something that makes you feel like YOU. Something you love doing, something you haven’t done since having children perhaps. Something just for you. Sarah from Whimsical Mumblings
Have long bubbles baths after a long day and just chill don’t think of anything but how much you are enjoying that moment in time. Lianne Freeman from anklebitersadventures
I always find some time in nature really helps me. In need only be for a short time but gets the blood pumping and the mind in a great place. Nature, I find, is the best tonic for so many things. It certainly gives me some clarity. Rebecca Kirstie from Kizmetcava
Listen to your favourite music loudly when ever possible! Preferably whilst dancing. Nyomi from nomipalony
Use aromatherapy oils to compliment your mood – they can bring genuine mental & physical improvements and are inexpensive and easy to use. Christy from WelshMum
Journaling helps brain dump all of the crazy lists in your head, and releases you to be calmer and be more productive. Nicky from Spinninplates
How do you take care of you?
I’d love to know and I’m sure other readers would too! Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere.