5 easy self-care tips

For the majority of us, life is constantly busy. There is always something that needs doing, our to-do lists are forever going and our minds always seem to be whirling with this or that. It’s likely you’ve just come to acknowledge that “this is just how it is” but implementing self-care where you can is vital for your mental health and well-being.

Exercise

Now hear me out. Exercise isn’t the first thing I think about when I get a spare moment either but there’s no doubt that while you might dread the idea of it, the endorphins that are released when you exercise trigger positive feelings, helping to fight any stress you might be experiencing. I’m not suggesting pounding a treadmill or anything that makes you tired just thinking about it but why not something a bit more relaxing? Exercises like Pilates and Yoga are great for muscular strength and flexibility. There’s no sweating and a lot of people find it incredibly soothing as well as a form of escapism. Other benefits can include sleep regulation and mood improvement. If you fancy a go, take a look at Yoga with Adriene.

Slow down

We’re constantly trying to make the most of our day and squeeze every last drop out of it. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too much of it can leave you exhausted and not performing your best. When you can afford to, think about ways you can slow to and take it easy on yourself. Leave yourself longer to get ready in the morning so you’re not starting the day in a hectic environment or force yourself to walk slower on your walk to work and really pay attention to what’s around you rather than what you’ve got to do. Even something simple like taking the time to enjoy a hot drink without multitasking is a really nice way of giving yourself a small break.

Indulge

Ahhh. Now this is my favourite kind of self-care. Indulging yourself means different things to different people and it’s really about thinking about what brings you enjoyment. That might be buying yourself something pretty, baking a yummy cake or even something as simple has having an evening binge watching your favourite TV show. For me, there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up on the sofa or even climbing into bed and losing myself in a good book with something tasty to dip into.  I have a serious sweet tooth and the new Aero Heavenly* has been keeping me very good company lately. There are two delicious flavours to choose from: Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate and it’s a lovely big tub of velvety mousse with a sweet caramel sauce and either hazelnuts or pecans. Admittedly, this is great to share with a mate or your other half in the evening but I’ve been keeping mine all to myself! I love that all I need is a spoon and it’s the perfect accompaniment to curl up with while reading.

Unplug

I’ll admit this one isn’t something that comes easy to me as like most people, my phone is constantly glued to my hand. But it can be difficult to realise just how stressful having a phone – or indeed any electronic device – actually is and at times, bad for us. A lot of you reading this will be bloggers and will constantly obsess over views, likes and social media. You don’t need me to tell you this isn’t exactly healthy so all I’ll say is this: challenge yourself to switch off all of your devices for one hour. It is completely up to you what you do during this time but just allow yourself that time away from checking in on what everyone is doing and live in blissful ignorance for just a short time.

Write

With so much going on in our heads, it can be difficult to get a good perspective on thoughts and feelings. The simple answer? Write it down. You’d be surprised how much difference it makes writing something down and seeing it in black and white. You are automatically able to understand things more comprehensively and have better luck figuring out the answers to any problems that have been bothering you. Checking in with your emotions is helpful in acknowledging feelings that otherwise you might push to the back of your mind but will continue to plague you. E.g. A colleague at work gets a promotion but you don’t. Write out why it might be she got it and the actions you personally can implement so you stand in better stead for a promotion next time.

I really believe strongly that we should all invest the time to implement some self-care practices into our lives. They are such small things but they can make the world of difference to how you feel. How do you self-care? Could you be doing more?

This post was in collaboration with Aero. All opions are 100% my own. Read more on my disclaimer here.

Emily x

  • These are such great tips! I’m all about self care. I believe that keeping your body healthy is the best way to keep your mind health. Kind of outside in approach, you know? So exercising, eating healthy, and getting plenty of sleep are all at the top of my self care list. That and watched plenty of trashy TV 🙂

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    • Emily

      100% agree Colleen! Sleep is so important! x

  • I’m all for the self care at the moment. After taking a mini break from blogging I feel so much more relaxed. I’m the same, I always write things down and find it’s a great way to let your feelings out and move on. These yummy Aero puddings look divine!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  • These are great tips! Those Aero treats look delicious! I need to start writing more things down, as everybody seems to recommend doing it, but I just don’t do it. Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  • I am all for indulging! Haha. I think it is super important that we make time for ourselves. I am definitely not the best at it, but I am pretty good at sticking to a regular exercise schedule. For me that is such a huge stress release and really my time to focus on me. And then of course spending night in with a good glass of wine and some chocolate helps too! 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • Rosy Ferry

    I’m instantly interested in that aero heavenly, it sounds amazing and looks a really big tub which is just what I need ☺️

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  • Yiotou_La

    I need to try the Salted Caramel one, looks so good!!!

    Yiota
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  • Oh how yummy do these Aero pots look! Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • I miss Aero chocolate (I’m dairy-free now 🙁 ).

  • Bernadette

    Exercising has definitely been one of those things that brings me mental and physical peace. It has been one of those things that I find to be healthy for the soul not just the body. Taking breaks and unwinding is definitely another one. I’ve had many instances when my brain just shuts off because i feel strained and over tired. Nothing like a friday night in watching friends reruns. x

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    • Emily

      Oh yes! Friends is great for the soul eh? A good giggle is always needed!

  • These are really great tips, some I already know, but I still needed to be reminded of because I really forget. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • Great tips, the mousse looks delicious x
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  • Am I the only one who had her eyes glued on the mousse?! It looks so yum! Totally agree with your tips, no points for guessing but the indulge part was my fav haha 😀

    xx
    http://realgirltalks.com/

  • Writing is such a good self-care tip, especially as it can help you rationalise any confusing thoughts you’ve having – once it’s down on paper, it seems 10 times less intimidating 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely week!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Love these self-care tips! Indulging is always great (now I want ice cream =( but a face mask and Mr. Robot will do)

    x,
    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

  • Love these tips and that desert looks hella good! I agree about exercising, need to do more of that asap lol

  • Sara Broadhurst

    These look so good! I haven’t even seen these before!

    https://sarafayce.wordpress.com/

  • Missy May

    Self-care is very important, so thanks for this tips Emily. I need to do more of them.

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ebony Hopmans

    I’m always on the hunt for more self care tips, loved reading about yours! xx
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  • Juliard Mariano-Mama

    It’s important to indulge with something that makes us happy. I like all your tips.
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