Self-care is super important and people tend to forget that their mental health and wellbeing also need attention from time to time! There is nothing selfish about taking time out for some self-care.
Everyone’s self-care routine will be different as we all have different hobbies and find joy in different things! The idea of self-care is to do something that you enjoy, something that makes you happy, something that makes you feel relaxed, or something that you do not get the chance to do very often! It can be easy to forget about self-care, especially when you are in a full-time job or when you have children to take care of, or if your life is a little bit hectic at the moment!
But this is the great thing about self-care… it does not have to be time-consuming! You do not need to dedicate a full day to self-care, although that would be amazing, you can just take 10 minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy. This could be simple, such as having a cup of tea, reading a chapter of a book, watching a TV show, running a bath, having a hot shower, colouring in, listening to music or doing some yoga! Or if you have more time, you may decide to go to the gym, go for a run, visit friends, go out for tea, watching a movie, or taking a day to do all of these things together!
Whatever you enjoy, however you relax, you should make sure that you take some time to do them! It is okay if you cannot do these things every day, but it is important that you engage with self-care at least once a week.
Some people may take up physical activities and extreme hobbies as self-care and that is okay! Self-care is not about meditating and relaxing, it is about doing something that you enjoy, something that makes you smile or laugh, something that takes the edge off after a busy day/week.
For me, I enjoy writing blog posts in my spare time and watching TV shows and movies! I also like to go for walks from time to time as they can be a great way of clearing your head. I go to the gym three times a week (when possible) and I listen to podcasts!
I also love a good lazy PJ day once a week, when I will drink lots of tea, do some colouring and some reading and watch Disney movies whilst being wrapped up in a cosy fleece blanket!
As you can see, I take a relaxed approach to self-care… these things may seem incredibly boring to some people, but that is okay because the world would be boring if we all had the same interests and hobbies wouldn’t it?
Getting fresh air is really good for your mental health and well-being, even when the weather is not at its best. So try not to stay cooked up inside all day every day when you are off work, try and get out and about, even if it is only for a short 5-minute stroll! If you have a pet dog, this is a great excuse to go outside! Take them for a walk… but while you are out, take a moment to embrace your surroundings, take a real good look around and just breathe! It is a great way to relieve stress and bring yourself back down to earth.
Remember that you are important, you matter, and it is okay to take a moment to just think about yourself and put yourself first! It is not selfish, it is responsible self-care!
What do you like to do in your spare time? What is your go-to activity when it comes to self-care?
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