12 simple ways I'm going to be practising more self-care.


Self-care is something that we should all most definitely do more often, as it's so important for our mental & physical wellbeing. I know that I've been terrible at it recently and it's probably one of the reasons I've been feeling so anxious and overwhelmed all of the time over the past couple of months.

I think there's a bit of a misconception that self-care has to be something huge or that takes hours out of your day, such as seeing a therapist or completely overhauling your diet & exercise regime in one go. But really, there's so many little things that we can do daily to really help. And here are some of the smaller, simple ways that I'm going to try and be doing to practise more self-care.



G E T  E N O U G H  S L E E P.

I've been really struggling to sleep recently, and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it may be because I have a lot on my mind (although, I always have a lot on my mind!), but I'm going to really try and make sure I get the right amount of sleep from now on.

Whether that means switching off my phone at a certain time or downloading an app to help calm my mind before I try and drift off, sleep is v important and I don't always make it a priority. 


S W I T C H  O F F.

I might have to start out by doing this weekly, rather than daily, because I can't even pretend that I'm one of those people that isn't addicted to their phones. Because I am. Hugely. But, I do know how much good it can do to set time aside to step away from everything online. To not be clicking the home button on my phone to check any notifications every 2 minutes. To not be in a constant cycle of checking every social app and then just going back round again for hours. So, I'm going to dedicate some 'offline time' - and try and stick to it!


R E A D  M O R E.

I used to read all of the time when I was younger, and the fact that I literally never sit down with a book anymore, makes me really sad. Even if it's just for half an hour before bed, I want to bury myself in a good book again and get lost in someone else's world for a little while. I miss that.


S M A L L  S P L U R G E S.

I do love a good shop, and I'd do it all of the time if my bank account allowed it. However, it definitely does not. But, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to something small once a week - whether it be a new nail polish or even just a magazine. Buying a small luxury just for you is a fab way of valuing yourself.


S W E E T  T R E A T S.

There's probably going to be an 'eat healthier' point in this at some point too, but it's all about balance, right? But, I'm all about treating yourself to a bar of chocolate or a sweet snack and not feeling guilty about it.


D E E P  B R E A T H S. 

This is something that I can do anywhere and it takes no time at all but could make the biggest difference. Just taking a minute to take 3 deep breaths could really help in calming myself down and re-focusing my mind when things get a little overwhelming.


H E A L T H I E R  O P T I O N S.

I told you there'd be a healthy point in here somewhere! My aim is to make one, small healthier change every week. From drinking an extra glass of water a day, to eating an additional portion of fruit or whatever it may be. Small, gradual changes and all that!


P A M P E R.

Taking an extra long shower. Sitting around in my dressing gown & reading for a little while. Actually sticking to a skin care routing. Painting my nails. Again - it's all about the little things that can lift your mood and make you feel a whole better.


F R E S H  A I R.

Having an office job quite often means that my time outside is rather limited during the week. But I'm going to make getting some fresh air a priority - be it 15 minutes at lunch time or after work, I already know that a little fresh air can do wonders!



W R I T E  S T U F F  D O W N.

I'm hoping to start keeping a little journal or pretty notebook where I can write things down. Maybe it's something that's happened today or something that's been bothering me for a while. I'm hoping getting things down on paper, whether they good or bad, may be a kind of release for my mind!


S T R E T C H.

This one may sound like a strange one, but just hear me out. I haven't stretched properly in years, but the other day I felt unusually stiff, so I spent 10 minutes properly stretching my body out like I used to when I went to dancing and gymnastics and oh my goodness - I felt so much better! I may even start adding this to my morning routine because it really did help!


M U S I C.

I used to do this all the time when I was getting ready for school, and I'd forgotten how much it can but you in a great mood just be listening to some fun and upbeat music whilst getting yourself ready for the day. Music can be such a powerful tool, so I'm going to try and use it!


How do you practise self care daily?

Soph

15 comments

  1. Love these tips, I try and practice self-care as much as I can though I am addicted to my phone too! It’s all about balance 😊

    Ella xx.

    www.ellaryder.com

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    1. Haha oh I'm basically never off my phone! It's terrible really. But yes! It is all about balance :) xx

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  2. I've really got back into reading in the past few months and it's been amazing! It feels so good to switch off from the world and get absorbed in a novel

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. This is exactly what I miss! I'm so determined to get back into it :)

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  3. Really love all these ideas Sophie! Especially reading and stretching! I stretch a lot during yoga and it's such a good way to relax and just feel more refreshed! I love the point about fresh air too - such a big influencer, even if it's just a short walk with some music or 10 minutes with a cup of tea in the garden!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you, Josie! Yoga is something that I've always wanted to do! I may start when I get all settled in London :) x

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  4. I love incorporating a 10 minute meditation into my daily routine and ending or starting the day with some yoga xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful idea. I bet it really helps! x

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  5. I find that getting enough sleep is so important for me personally and it makes me feel so much better. I really struggle to be motivated if I'm tired x

    LuxeStyle

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    1. Me too! I've been so exhausted recently, but I think it's just from a lack of sleep! x

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  6. These are lovely ways to recharge and take care of yourself. I always try to get at least of 7 hours of sleep, go for a walk and read a bit. Of course, switching technology off is a perfect way to start taking care of your mental and physical health :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  7. I think I need to follow a few of these too! Especially sleeping and reading more!

    Sharni // A Girl & Grey

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  8. A much needed post for me today Soph! Thank you angel xxxx

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  9. i really had to learn how to take proper care of myself and having enough sleep and tking time off are what keeps me going.
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    www.elenaisabelle.com

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  10. I need to start taking more time for self-care and these are great tips that you've put together here.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

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