Top Self-Care Tips That Aren't Beauty Related
Self-care ideas are so often packaged up as beauty-related. And of course, sometimes it is; unless you are an avid bath hater, I will always argue that a bath makes you feel absolutely grand. The same goes for a face mask. And moisturising after you’ve shaved off the forest that was growing on your legs (just me!?). These things require taking some time for yourself out of your busy schedule, but self-care doesn’t have to involve aesthetics. Self-care really means dedicating time for yourself to anything that recharges and revives you. Whatever it may be, it should up your energy levels and lower your stress. I’ve had a massive week of work, and it’s times like this that I feel as though these practices have really helped me since living in a place where my usual thought of ‘run yourself a nice bath’ can’t apply…
Find Your Crowd. You know those people that when you’re around them they have such a calming and cheering effect on you that leaves you feeling wonderful? For me that’s my mum, my sisters, a handful of friends and Tom. Even just being in their presence can top up my self-care tank and I always try to make sure that there is minimal phone time and maximum laughs and stories. Oh and good food. Work out the people you have in your life that make you feel this way and organise your schedule so you get to spend time in their company at least once a week. If like me some of these people aren’t in your city, give ‘em a call! I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.
Get Outside. Such a simple but effective one - I always feel relaxed when I’m by the ocean, but even if you don’t live near a beach, getting outdoors does wonders for you (I’m sure you can find the science yourself). Go completely off the grid on a hike out in the bush or a forest, or keep it close to home and wander through a park nearby… you’ll still get the perspective and distraction-free space that we need often in order to enjoy life to the fullest.
Music. Whether it’s to sit and listen to, to sing along, or go all out and have a boogie - seriously, dancing is probably a whole other tip in itself - sometimes you just need to play something loud and tune out the rest of the world. I am not a ‘good’ singer or a ‘good’ dancer - but this certainly doesn’t stop me from belting out Jump (For my Love) by The Pointer Sisters. Get Hugh Grant’s scene on the telly to accompany you.
Move Your Body. This is probably so cliche, but when you find a form of exercising that you actually enjoy, the endorphins are great and you are taking some time for you away from your phone and other distractions. It’s internal and external care goodness! Whether it’s going for a walk or run, maybe a swim, or getting sweaty dancing, at the gym, doing yoga… find something that doesn’t make you hate every second of it and fit it in as regularly as you can.
Meditating. A daily self-care tip for me that is taking care of my mental health. If you missed it, check out my post on meditation and why I find it so helpful and important.
Journalling/Writing A Letter. I’ve never really been one to have a blank book and just start writing in it, but if this is you - go for it! It’s something I’m going to try doing more of as it is simply putting words to paper and not really thinking about whether what comes out makes sense or not. I definitely find writing a letter to someone a leisurely activity that has the added benefit of expressing kindness to someone else, and I am all for maintaining the tradition of handwritten letters and cards being sent via post. The art of written conversation is definitely not as popular as it used to be thanks to technology, but who doesn’t love receiving a letter in the post!?!?
Do you have other self-care practices that don’t involve beauty? Let me know below! x