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Each and every day that are an unlimited amount of things that leave us feelings stressed and over-worked. Whether it’s being a full-time parent, working your way to the top of the career ladder or somehow trying to juggle both – day to day life is hard, hard work.

When things get hard, it’s important to remember to practice self-care.

But what exactly is self-care?

The official definition of self-care is ‘the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness’. To put it simply, it is the act of looking after yourself.

We know practising self-care can be difficult, espeically if you don’t know where to start. With that in mind, here are 14 ways to practice self-care in 2019:

 

  • Spend Time With The People You Love

 

Although a lot of people beleive self-care has to be practiced alone, it can also involve the people that you love. Keeping those that mean the most to you close by and spending time with them whenever you can is possibly of the most precious forms of self-care, and something you should do as often as you can.

 

  • Do Things For You

 

This is one of the most important things you need to remember when you do anything for self-care – it has to be for you. If you make a decision based on what someone else wants you to do, the liklihood is that you’re not going to enjoy it. Take the time to be selfish and do the things you want to do.

 

  • Spend More Time Reading Books That Inspire You

 

Reading is a great way to practice self-care as it gives you a chance to escape real life.

Whether you enjoy curling up and getting lost in a fantasy, or you love reading books that inspire you to improve your life – spending time away from a screen is incredibly good for you.

 

  • Ensure You Stay Healthy And Have Regular Check-Ups

 

Having regular check-ups at the doctor may not seem like fun, but it’s one of the best ways you can ensure you’re looking after yourself to the best of your ability. Whether it’s visiting your doctor for advice on your mental health, finding out the what female contraception options are available to you or getting antibiotics to cure a cold – visiting your doctor when you need them is a vital form of self-care.

 

  • Find An Exercise Routine You Love

 

Although some people may not see exercise as a form of self-care, for some it’s the thing they enjoy. If this is the case, try finding a routine that you love and stick to it. If you have a hard day or need to get rid of some built up stress, you can grab your workout gear and start releasing those all-important endorphins.

 

  • Have A Lot Less Screen Time

 

Spending too much time on your phone, tablet and computer can really bad for your mental health. Trying to limit the amount of time you spend using electronics is a form of self-care in itself, regardless of what you choose to do in the time your spend away from the screen. For inspiration of things to do instead, you can visit this site here.

 

  • Enjoy A Nice Hot Soak After A Long Day

 

There’s nothing better than jumping in a nice hot bubble bath after a long day at work. Using your favourite products, taking the time to relax and doing absolutely nothing for 45 minutes is the ultimate way to pamper yourself, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.

 

  • Light Your Favourite Candles Or Wax Melts

 

It may seem small, but lighting or favourite candles or wax melts is a great way to improve your mood. Getting cosy and filling your home with your favourite scent is a great way to instantly relax you, making you associate relaxation with the scent you can smell.

This method is similar to aromatherapy when visiting a spa, and it’s a well-known practice for improving your overall mood.

 

  • Find A Meditation You Can Do When You Wake Up And Before You Sleep

 

Meditation is a great way to escape real-life and spending time focussing entirely on how you feel. Whilst there are lots of different kinds of mediatation you can do, it’s important to choose something depending on the amount of time you have – whether that’s fifteen minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed every day, or five to ten minutes every time you’re feeling stressed.

 

  • Treat Yourself To A Spa Break

 

If you want to go for the ultimate self-care experience, treating yourself to a spa break could be exactly what you need. Visiting a local spa could give you the opportunity to lay in the sauna, visit the ever-relaxing steam room and have a professional aromatherapy massage. As these are not things you’ll be experiencing on a day-to-day basis, you may find you’re even more relaxed than you would be during your own personal pamper sessions.

 

  • Try Solo Travel

 

Solo travel is not for everyone, but for those that love a little bit of adventure it’s the perfect form of self-care. Travelling solo gives you the chance to choose exactly what it is you want to do each and every day, meaing that ultimately you’re answering to no one. Your entire trip will be tailored to exactly what you need, what could be better?

 

  • Start A Journal Or Take Up Writing

 

Journalling and writing are great ways to spend time each evening that don’t involve using electronics (unless you’re writing a blog, of course). It’s a relaxing way to get down your thoughts and really connect with yourself, something most people don’t get to do on a daily basis. If you need inspiration, you can visit this site for writing prompts.

Do you practice self care? What are your top tips for self-care in 2019? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

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