Hi everyone! I’m writing a small series of blog posts on ‘things you can do indoors to feel better’. If you are feeling down or anxious, or simply not your best, then I hope some of my tips will be helpful.
What I’ve noticed about all of the people I know who are thriving is that they really take care of themselves. When you do something to care for yourself you are doing something positive. Of course, self care is different for each person – for some it means maintaining pristine nails and dressing up each day; for others it means eating nutritious food and working out. I think that basic acts of self care or self love can do wonders for your mental health. They are reminders to you that you are important, beautiful and safe.
Here are 10 things you can do at home to care of yourself:
- Washing – Take a long, warm shower or bath. Washing yourself is such a basic but beautiful form of self care. I instantly feel calmer when I’m in warm water, and who doesn’t feel lovely when they’re clean? To make it more luxurious, treat yourself to a shower gel that smells really beautiful, and put on a playlist that you love in the background. When we’re at home each day, it can be easy to let our normal routines slip, but keeping yourself clean is so important for your well being.
- Skin Care – I’m using this time at home to stop wearing make-up on my skin, but I still cleanse and moisturise my entire body every day. Maintain some kind of skin care routine (whatever you’d usually do), as it will help you to feel more ‘normal’ and also more confident. For some reason I feel like my skin gets dirtier when I’m inside all the time because the air feels more stuffy, so it makes me feel good to keep my face cleansed.
- Hair and Nail Care – Keep your nails trimmed and clean, and try to style your hair as you normally would (cut it yourself if you can?!). If you like having painted nails, keep them well maintained! If they get chipped, re-paint them. Also, tend to your toe nails (which can often get neglected when we’re really busy)! These acts of self care will instantly make you feel fresher – and hopefully uplifted.
- Tooth Care – Weird one but I’m trying to make an effort to floss my teeth as much as possible while I have the time. It honestly makes me feel so much cleaner and healthier. Make sure you continue cleaning your teeth as least twice a day, and try to floss them every other day. It can be so easy to skip this when normal life is so busy, but it’s such a gift to have clean and beautiful teeth 🙂
- Nutrition – Choose to make at least one really nutritious meal each day. Try to consume a little less sugar and caffeine as they can throw you off balance – your body and mind will thank you for it. Check out Rhitrition on Instagram (or her podcast Food for Thought on Spotify) for amazing diet tips. Taking care of your body by eating well is one of the most important acts of self care.
- Indulgence – Although eating well is so important, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a treat every now and then – and you deserve it! Allow yourself days where you indulge in something you really love. Discipline is important, but so is enjoying your life. You’d never tell a friend they shouldn’t ever indulge in a treat, so you shouldn’t tell yourself that either. Make sure you keeps some treats in your cupboards!
- Hydration – Drinking water regularly can make you feel less sluggish, and knowing that you are consciously making an effort to stay hydrated and improve your well being can lift your mood. I always feel good about myself on days when I drink less milky tea and more water, even though it’s such a small change to make. If you don’t particularly like water, you can buy ‘Cold Brew’ tea bags in all different flavours from most supermarkets.
- Exercise – Exercises like yoga really promote self care and can do wonders for your mental well-being. Check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube – she has so many videos which specifically focus on self care or anxiety. Any form of exercise is good for your mental or physical health. If you can’t muster up the motivation to do a work out (it can be especially difficult at home), do something where you’re ‘accidentally’ exercising like hoovering, cleaning, baking, or even making the bed.
- Dressing Up – Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your mood is get up, do your hair/make-up (or whatever you’d normally do), and put on a lovely outfit. Show your housemates or family, video call someone, take a picture and post it on social media. Dressing up is a way of celebrating yourself – and you can share that with others too. Honestly, if I spent every day at home in pyjamas or jogging bottoms and my hair in a messy bun, I would be miserable. If that’s you too, then dress up and see how different you feel.
- Rewards – We all do well with rewards. In normal life, if you try really hard at school or work, you might treat yourself (or get treated) to a cinema trip or a nice meal. Because we are stuck at home, it can be so easy to forget about the importance of this. If you don’t feel like there are rewards for anything, it can be easy to lose motivation. To keep your spirits up, reward yourself for tasks you get done! If you spend all day studying, book in a movie night for yourself. After a long week of working from home, have a cocktail on Friday evening. Make sure you get what you deserve!
In my opinion, acts of self care set the foundations for mental and physical wellness. Self care can improve your mood, your body and your life in general. Looking after yourself can make you healthier, happier, more vibrant and more beautiful. This is all positive!
On a side note, self care is not selfish. Of course, there isn’t always time to do things for yourself (perhaps you are caring for a family member or a young child), but you should look after yourself as much as you can. Personally, I am no use to anyone if I feel dirty, ugly and miserable. I am a much better friend, girlfriend, daughter and sister when I take time to look after myself.
If you aren’t feeling great right now, please do something kind for yourself and take care.