Tuesday, 13 February 2018

practising basic self-care & learning to relax

Self-care is so fundamental to our mental health, but unfortunately is often something that is over-looked. We seem to prioritise everything but ourselves in our day to day lives, which can have disastrous affect after a prolonged period of time! It doesn't need to be a big effort, or even take a lot of time to dedicate some relaxation time to yourself. In fact, it's often the smaller details that can help the most!

I myself have noticed my stress levels are a little higher than usual lately. It's not for any negative reason, just that I'm trying to make more of my life and career! But even filling your day with the most positive actions can lead to being burnt out at some point. So, to try and avoid this, I've been making sure to dedicate a little time each day, in the morning and the evening, to making sure I'm doing things just for me - that make me happy, and calm and relaxed. Some of the basic thing I've learned to adjust my habits to practice better self-care and allow myself to be more relaxed are:

self care and relaxing

No.1 ...at bedtime

I like to make sure I change our bedding regularly (usually once every 1-2 weeks) to make sure I always have that dreamy cosy-clean feeling! We have the most comfy waffle bedding at the moment, and I find myself going to bed a little earlier just so I can cosy up in it!
I also really love having our bedroom at a fairly cool temperature at night - paying attention to small details like this that make you feel just that little bit more relaxed can soon end up having a massive effect on your well-being. I do try to go to be without my phone or laptop, but if I'm being 100 here, it never happens - I just love Netflix in bed too darn much!
Lastly, I always try to make time for even a short skincare routine - even if it's just a single cleanse and some serum. I find the massaging of my face, along with the sqeaky-clean skin feeling afterwards is so relaxing. I feel like it lets my brain know it;s almost

relaxing in the morning

No.2 ...in the morning

I don't think I could go as far as to say I'm a 'morning person', but I definitely don't struggle all that much with getting up and at'em in the morning (I think this might have something to do with being married to a lecturer who never leaves the house after 7am on weekday!). I think there are something I've naturally put in place myself to help ease the process along each day! I only ever have one alarm (no snoozing!) and always make sure to set the ringtone to something that's gradual and wakes me up softly.
I also really enjoy getting up a little earlier than absolutely necessary, so I can have a little time to myself. I feel like I might be in the minority here, but I love a good, long bath in the morning and really like to able to spend 20 or so minutes in there to wake me up gently - it's one of my favourite things to do! It works a treat, give it a try!
I think the last part of my morning routine that helps me out is breakfast. There's nothing better than having a good hearty breakfast when you wake up a little hungry, but I also make sure not to force myself to eat if I don't feel like it. I guess listening to your body is a great more general rule to follow when it comes to self-care and relaxation!

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