Are you struggling to cope with the current situation?
That is where self-care can help.
What is self-care?
Self-care is the act of recognising your physical, mental or emotional needs and doing what is necessary to restore your well-being.
Without regular care, you will find yourself more vulnerable to illnesses. This can quickly succumbing to stress, anxiety and depression.
No it is not selfish
It can often noted as being selfish. I just want to clear this up.
It is not synonymous with self-indulgence or being selfish.
Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy and well. Looking after yourself means you can do your job, you can help and care for others and you can do everything you need to.
Looking after yourself seems to have become a more popular topic of late.
According to Google Trends, the number of searches for self-care has more than doubled since 2015.
Life now is not normal and brings lots of pressures.
Lockdown has undoubtedly been a game changer for me. I looked at in a positive way that I have completely turned my life around but first came the anxiety.
I am not going to beat around the bush here, I was petrified and wanted to lock myself away for at least 12 months.
I wanted to stay in bed and forget what was going on outside.
I eventually turned it into a positive.
What did I do?
I practised self-care. I made lists of what I wanted to get done.
I started looking after myself.
I went out for daily walks and listened to my favourite music, whilst relaxing with a scented candle lit.
Here is one of my favourites… (just ask me and I have them in stock, of course).
I have many candles I can recommend. I am a big fan of any way I can introduce aromatherapy into my relaxation. Candles are a quick and easy way to create a mood.
Slow and steady wins the race!
Making a change for the better. Whether that’s trying out a new diet, getting more steps in the day, keeping your home better organised, or working on your relationships,
Now, do not get me wrong this does require long term commitment. Taking baby steps is the best place to start.
By making one small change in your day, you’ll soon find that you feel healthier and happier.
We all know when you try to make massive changes all at once, it rarely turns out well.
Are you biting off more than you can chew?
I am sharing, her, a few of my top tips for you to try.
Top Self-Care Tips
- Spend an evening doing nothing
- Listen to music for at least 30 minutes
- Have a cosy date at home with candles, comfort food and a glass of wine
- Spend at least an hour outside and go for a long walk
- Stay off social media and news for the day
- Meditate regularly
- Introduce some relaxation time and include aromatherapy
Self-care is not just for lockdown!
Once lockdown is over, it does not mean self-care has to stop!
If anything, it has taught us to have time out and take care of ourselves. Cherish this time we have at home, and when lockdown is over make self-care the new normal.
That is all for now
I will be bringing you more blogs each month.
My aim is to share tips with you about looking after yourself. Simple things you can introduce into your life, that can have a big impact.
Of course I will also be keeping you up to date with what I am up to with Just the Tonic Beauty & Retreats.
Take care, for now
Lots of love