Despite the title, self-care doesn’t always include beauty items. But, it should be a part of a routine to make yourself feel beautiful, inside and out.
There’s no doubt that life can be stressful at times. I’m sure the majority of us are guilty of letting that get on top of us. I know I am. Currently, I am trying to buy a house with my boyfriend. So, if I have a particularly stressful day, going home and dealing with all the stuff that comes along with buying a home leaves little time for me to relax. That can get very tiring very fast.
That’s why I wanted to talk about why self-care. Ensuring that you get me time is essential. It can be hard to find the time but if you’re able you should make time. It lets you wind down, do something for yourself and it does a lot to recalibrate where you’re at mentally. We all need that sometimes.
SO! Lets brush aside the idea that me time has to be bubble baths and manicures. For some that’s the ideal self-care routine. However, for others, others not so much. Personally, I’m very much a fan of doing things that I enjoy. Doing something that will make me feel better about myself. Or allowing myself to have or do something I really want to do.
Taking more time to do my make up
If I’m going on a night out or to an event, I like to set aside as much time as possible to get ready. Yes, sometimes this can mean four hours. I’m not slightly ashamed, I love every second. This allows me time to really slow down my make up application and make it perfect. It means I am a lot happier with how I look by the time I leave and I’m not stressed and rushing. I always end up rushing somehow. But at least I got a good chunk of self-care time anyway.
Bingeing on Netflix
Or any other TV watching service. I love TV shows and catching up or starting new ones is a great way for me to relax. Obviously I was one of the many fans of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ and if you haven’t seen it then you’re obviously living under a rock and need to get your head in the game. Another favourite of mine recently was ITV’s period drama Victoria. If you like period dramas definitely give this a go. Sure, people might see you as a couch potato but who cares!
Pampering myself a little
I’m tying in baths and manicures and all that jazz into this section. Doing beauty things I don’t normally have the time to do is a big part of self-care for me. Taking time to do my nails properly, doing a proper all over moisturising session, doing a facemask or having a relaxing bath are all things I struggle to do regularly. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe its how busy I am. That’s for me to know. Doing this on a Sunday night is a great way to set your mind in the right place for your office return on Monday morning.
Cooking something I love
I love to bake and cook. Making something from scratch, no matter how simple, is a great way to take your mind away from what you’re stressed about. Then you get a great meal or treat at the end of it! What’s not to enjoy about that! In my humble opinion, food is a great way of self-care. Having a healthy meal can make you feel great inside. (Ordering a Chinese is great too though)
Going for a walk
My parents live right on the edge of a forestry walk. So, when I visit and the weathers good, going away out into the wooded area for a walk around can be really relaxing. You’re getting so much fresh air and beautiful views. It’s exercise too and we all know that does wonders for both physical and mental health. Exercise should be a part of your self-care routine, but I wont pretend I’m not incredibly guilty for neglecting that.
Getting time to yourself is absolutely essential. Try not to neglect it. I’d love to hear what your self-care routine is! Maybe I, and whoever reads this, could get some tips for the future! If you agree with some of my methods or have some of your own you’d like to share, let me know in the comments!