When we are super busy or stressed, it can seem impossible to fit everything in. When we are constantly faced with work pressures, deadlines, commitments and social events to attend, it can seem like our to-do list is never-ending. Life can be chaotic, and it can often feel like there is barely time to breathe. During these times, it’s important to remember that self-care isn’t always something that we need to set big chunks of time aside for, but something that we can build into our everyday lives by making small changes.
Self-care is so important because it helps us to stay mentally well. Taking regular breaks allows us to calm down, re-charge, and go back to our work with a clearer head, so that we can work more efficiently in the long run.
Here are some ideas of ways to build self-care into your day-to day life:
- Listen to music or a podcast
I love this tip because it is so easy to build into your day-to-day life. Listening to your favourite tunes while you’re in the shower, brushing your teeth, or cleaning your house could be an easy and simple way to boost your mood, without taking lots of time out of your day.
- Take the scenic route
You could try taking the longer (but prettier!) route to work or getting off the bus a few stops earlier each day, so you can spend an extra 10 minutes walking through the woods near your house. Doing the same route everyday can get monotonous and boring, so it’s okay to take the scenic route sometimes!
- Treat yourself
We can either spend our lives waiting for the perfect occasion to wear our favourite outfit, cook our favourite food, or give ourselves a break from our studies or work. But we can’t spend our lives waiting for summer, waiting until we have less on our plates, or waiting for when the time is right. The ‘right time’ may never come and life is far too short, so treat each day as a special occasion, and make the most of what you have right now!
- Phone a friend
After a bad day, there is nothing like talking to a good friend who knows just what to say to cheer you up!
- Get active
This doesn’t always have to mean going for a fun or starting a new sport. Starting the day by doing some exercises or stretches can be a positive way to boost your mood and improve your mindset. Taking a break from your desk to do some stretches or dance to a song you love will release endorphins and help you to return to your work feeling mentally recharged.
I hope that these tips have helped, and I’d love to hear any other ideas you have in the comments.