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What Exactly Is Self-Care?

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‘What exactly is self-care?’ is probably something that has been googled a lot. Self-care is the latest ‘thing’ that we should all be doing. So, what exactly is self-care and how do we do it?

For me, self-care is about looking after myself mentally as well as physically. It’s making time to focus on me. This could be anything from 5 minutes to a whole day – there is no correct amount of time. I’m a much better human when I practise self-care.

I know this is a cliché but it’s true. If you keep giving to others without taking care of yourself then you’ll burn out. You’re no use to anyone then!

I have a list of things I like to do for my self-care, the main ones are:

  • Go on a date with myself – usually a cuppa somewhere new or to the cinema
  • Watch a chick flick – this could be at the cinema or at home with Netflix
  • Read a book – usually a chick lit type book, something that’s easy reading
  • Do a crossword – I’m not very good at them but I still give it a go!
  • Do some colouring – I usually listen to a podcast or audiobook at the same time

Other suggestions for self-care are:

  • Food prep – eating properly really helps so taking time to prep your food for the next day stops the morning chaos
  • Putting on your favourite PJs
  • Allow yourself to skip the gym/run/other now and again without feeling guilty
  • Have an early night – sleep is so important and I love it
  • Find a new hobby or restart one that you used to love
  • Turn your music up and dance around your living room
  • Write someone a letter
  • Have a massage
  • Learn something new
  • Take a bath
  • Build something with Lego
  • Paint or do something creative
  • Play a computer game

It can be hard to build self-care into your busy life especially when you have more than yourself to think about. It makes it easier when you create a habit, like brushing your teeth or having a shower. You make time for those every day so why not self-care?

The busier you are, the more important making time for your self-care is.