Everyone has so much on their plates nowadays that it can become easy to forget to take care of yourself. Running around completing tasks at work, home and for the family can leave you feeling tired and drained, and yet very rarely do we make it a habit to practice self-care on a regular basis.
Self-care is vital when it comes to reducing stress, which is linked to a number of physical health issues, as well as mental health problems. It helps to stop you feeling completely worn out and unfocused, as well as reducing the chances of you snapping at friends, family and coworkers.
However, self-care doesn't need to be big gestures or complicated rituals, as there are a lot of things you can do on a daily basis that will help to improve your mental and physical health. Here are five brilliant ways that you can look after yourself without having to go out of your way:
Take up a new hobby
When we're busy, we let hobbies fall by the wayside, usually because we're too tired to make time for them. However, this means that you don't get any time doing something you enjoy, which can help you de-stress.
Starting a new hobby - or picking one up that you haven't done for ages - can mean you schedule in more time for yourself. Whether it's knitting or rock climbing, your hobby can help you unwind, have fun and remember that there is more to life than work.
You may even find that a hobby introduces you to new people or that you can enjoy more time with friends and family.
Time to relax
We all like to unwind a little bit differently, but ensuring you do give yourself time to switch off every week - if not every day - is an important part of self-care. Setting aside an hour or so in the evening can help you relax after a busy day while also promoting better sleep, which is important for your overall health too.
You can try running a bath, complete with our Citrus and Lavender Foam Bath for soft bubbles and a beautiful fragrance. This will help ease your muscles, give you a chance to be on your own and generally just help you unwind.
Even an hour quietly reading or watching a show you like - perhaps with one of our handmade candles lit - can do wonders and serve as an important part of self-care routines.
Maintain a beauty routine
It can be easy to forget how great a good beauty routine can make us feel and when we're busy, too often we'll just go through the motions as quickly as possible to get it done. However, there can be something therapeutic about taking time over your beauty routine in the morning and before bed.
Give yourself a bit of extra time morning and night to go through your beauty routine at a slower pace so you can really appreciate how amazing it makes your skin and hair feel. Use a body lotion once a day, treat yourself to a weekly face mask and deep condition your hair regularly to make your routine a bit more special and ensure you look as good as you feel.
You never know, this might also help you feel more relaxed at the start and end of the day, which is always going to be a good thing.