In recent years, it seems as though we’ve finally begun to understand the importance of self-care and taking time out to look after ourselves. With burnout on the rise, this is more important than ever — you may talk about self care, but do you prioritise your mental and physical health as much as you should? If the answer is no, this guide is the motivator you need to take some time for you, with eight uncomplicated ways to relax, unwind and engage in self care at home.
Do A Home Workout
An obvious but essential starting point for self care is making sure you get some exercise in. There are countless home workouts you can do from your living room, many of which are free to access. Try a YouTube sweat session or Instagram live with your favourite fitness coach to make your workout more fun and engaging. The key is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, dance, boxing or barre. Even 10-15 minutes of exercise will get your endorphins flowing and boost your mood.
Reconnect With Nature
Have you taken the time to get outside lately? A simple dose of fresh air and sunlight will do you the world of good, whether it’s a walk around the block or a trip to your favourite park. Spending time in nature can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress and help you feel more relaxed.
Have A Bubble Bath
If you’re the type of person who loves a bath, carving some time out of your day to enjoy this simple activity can help you relax and have a positive effect on your mental health. Use your favourite bubble bath, light a candle and switch off for a while as you soak in the hot water.
Start A New Hobby
Starting a new hobby gives you some time each week to focus on an activity you enjoy, helping you remain present so that stressful thoughts can leave the mind. Hobbies also give you a creative outlet, keep the brain active and help you build new skills. Whether you take up baking, learn to paint or make your own skincare at home, a new hobby will give you the time to wind down and calm your mind.
Cook A Nourishing Meal
Good nutrition is a key component of self care at home, and your body and mind will thank you for eating nourishing meals. The act of cooking something nutritious for yourself is rewarding — try to slow down and enjoy the process of cooking, really thinking about what you’re putting into your food and your body.
You might be unsure whether meditation is for you, but why not give it a try? Meditation is an excellent way to clear your head and help yourself feel calmer, even if you don’t have loads of free time to dedicate to it. To get started, try setting a timer for two minutes, sit comfortably and close your eyes. Focus on deep breathing, let your thoughts come and go and see how you feel at the end of your session. If you enjoyed the process, try again for a little longer next time — you could even incorporate some relaxing music to get you in the right headspace.
It might sound boring, but drinking two litres of water a day is great for your mind and body. Do yourself a favour and commit to this simple self care task every day.
Read A Book
Reading a book (or listening to an audiobook) is an excellent way to enjoy some “me” time. Give your brain some time to relax and focus on something else, and you’ll be amazed at how refreshed you can feel afterwards. If your “to-read” pile only ever seems to get bigger, this is the ideal self care activity for you.
These simple self care suggestions show that looking after your health doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try some of these tips for yourself and see how your physical and mental wellbeing improves.