In today’s busy world, a self-care routine is essential. We often lose sight of what is one of the most important things in our lives. Ourselves.
Stress and the lack of taking out time for one’s self-takes its toll and causes several physical and mental health problems such as diabetes and depression.
If you want to live a truly happy and healthy life, it’s time to take your happiness into your own hand by taking care of yourself and so in this article, we are going to tell you 25 self-care ideas to kick-start your self-care routine.
Self Care Ideas To Kick-start Your Self Care Routine
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A Self Care Routine has four major components
- Emotional well-being
- Meeting social needs
- Personal development
- Physical self-care
1. Learn a new skill
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2. Tidy your bedroom
Making your bed first thing in the morning will give you a sense of accomplishment and will be a great start to the day! Already achieving something before breakfast?! That’s amazing.
Decluttering so that you can have space in your bedroom to let air flow and will just look so much better. It’s surprising how uplifting it can be.
3. Set a bedtime and stick to it
This will keep your body’s internal clock in check, help you get a great nights sleep and give your brain time to rest. Having a good nights sleep is essential for good brain function, keeping your weight in check and
4. Keep track of your goals
Are you keeping up your exercise routine? How far have you advanced on that new language you wanted to learn?
A journal habit tracker can tell you all this and more.
5. Write down three of your accomplishments
Writing down your accomplishments will remind you that you are capable of doing great things and have a lot of worth.
6. Read a self-help magazine
Reading inspiring literature or a self-help magazine will fill you with willpower and good thoughts. You’ll come to know how to face many challenges.
Let’s talk about Physical Self Care
Your body is a biological marvel but it too needs downtime and care. Some of the best practices for taking care of your body are
7. Indulge in a Luxury bath
A warm luxury bubble bath filled with Epsom salts will reinvigorate you and provide stress relief. If you can’t do this, then an extra long hot shower will do the trick. Just stand, relax and feel the hot water on your body.
8. Take a power nap
Humans are meant to have biphasic sleep, which means that we should sleep twice in a 24 hour period.
A power nap of about 30 minutes during the day will boost your energy levels and make you feel alert.
Along with this, you should try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a day as this will help you in many ways including having a stronger memory.
You should also treat yourself to at least one extra hour of sleep on the weekends! To help you sleep, power down two hours before bed and dim or turn off bright lights. Essential oils can also help you have a restful night.
Exercising increases blood circulation to your body and helps keep you young and makes you feel fresh throughout the day.
Just one hour of vigorous exercise for four days a week is enough to make you feel energetic and happy.
This is because it releases happy hormones or “endorphins”.
Exercising also adds years to your life and keeps diseases like heart disease and diabetes away. Yoga is a powerful form of exercise which refreshes both body and mind. Taking a walk in a green area is also great for your mental and physical health.
10. Have a balanced diet
Along with exercise, eating well is one of the most important things to do in your self-care routine.
Be sure to include lots of green leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet. Some superfoods like walnuts and figs can also make a big difference in your energy levels and give you a more fulfilling life.
You should also drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
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11. Treat yourself
You can eat your favourite food either at home or at a restaurant.
You deserve it!
12. Dance to your favourite songs
Dancing is a creative outlet, just listen to the beat and move your body!
13. Get potted plants
Taking care of your potted plants will give you a feeling of well-being. If you plant them inside your house, they will filter the air and provide you with fresh oxygen!