Investing in self-care

Like many, I have been trying my best to find some positives during this challenging time. We are all battling with uncertainty and have no idea how long the apocalyptic state will last. As someone who has struggled with anxiety for years, one of my coping mechanisms has always been to focus on what I can control, rather than what I can’t. And this has forced me to think about things I would like to turn my attention to during this turbulent time.

As as self-professed ‘busy bee’, I can often neglect self-care and let the ‘me time’ sink towards the bottom of my priorities list. So I’ve used this time to reignite those feel good rituals and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you.

Indulgent skincare

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about my skincare routine. But like many, I have stored away boxes of the ‘good stuff’ to whip out for those special occasions. However, just like those never worn shoes we’ve been set on saving – it’s become one of those things that I never actually get out the box.

So I’ve used self-isolation as the perfect excuse to dig out my most indulgent beauty products. One of which was an Elemis Superfood set a friend had kindly bought me for my birthday.

I’ve been lathering on the luscious oil, calming my redness with the Superfood facewash, and treating my skin to an enzyme peel or two. And the verdict – my skin is feeling softer, and healthier than ever!

This is down to the enriched probiotic formula which contains flaxseed and Rooibos Tea extract – all of which are amazing for giving a natural glow.

Start early

Set the alarm and wake up early to kickstart your day on a high. Even if you’re not working, try to be strict and force yourself to make the most of your day. Go for a walk, read a few pages of your book, or collect your thoughts over a cup of coffee. Whatever it is, find something that makes you want to get up and embrace the day ahead. I’ve been setting the alarm for 6am in the week, but of course, weekends are for lie ins!

Meditate

Meditation has become part of my daily routine and it is certainly improving my focus and motivation. I started off with five minutes and have now built this up to fifteen minutes of quiet practice. It’s a great way to focus on your breathing, build mental resilience and dedicate time to switch off all technology. I prefer guided meditation on YouTube, but apps like Calm and Mind are also popular choices.

Keep moving

A direct contrast to the above, but we know exercise boosts endorphins and gives an instant feel-good kick. I’m not suggesting you start practising for that 10k, but a brisk walk will certainly help to give your mood a boost. I’ve decided to take up Yoga and I absolutely love it.

Practice gratitude

At a time of little hope, it can be easy to focus on the negatives. However, there is still a lot to be thankful for right now. Our NHS, our families, our homes – the list goes on. I promise you just writing down 10 things you are grateful for each day will help to lift your spirits. This might seem foreign at first, but if you stick at it, you’ll soon find it becomes a daily habit. And if you’re still not sold, it’s been scientifically proven that it only takes eight weeks of gratitude practice for people to start showing changed brain patterns that lead to greater happiness. I like to jot down my list in the morning over a cup of coffee.

Stay safe S x

One thought on “Investing in self-care

  1. Such a lovely entry, Steph! 🙂 I have been doing similar things to what you mention and it has really helped my mindset. I think there will be an increase in mental health problems after all this is over, so it is such a good idea to start getting into healthy habits now, before we are thrown back at life.
    Love the idea of getting the ‘fancy products’ back out, I have a TON of those stored under my bed. Funny how we all do that, huh? Keep up the great positive messages! 🙂 Dharma xX

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