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Daily self-care is a big part of loving and looking after yourself. I wouldn’t recommend going through a day without some form of self-care keeping you mentally stable.
Depression tends to hit hard for me if I let this habit slip. It’s really not worth it. Why would you put off doing something that you enjoy anyway?
If you are busy, the best way around this is to figure out a time block every day where you can get in a little bit of TLC. Choose a self-care practice and make sure you do it when the time comes.
Therefore, today I will be sharing my top 10 daily self-care activities. I hope they help you as much as they help me.
1. Sheet/Face Masks
I got into using sheet masks as a part of my self-care routine about a year ago. They are absolutely amazing.
Not only do they hydrate and make your skin feel better than ever. They also make you feel cosy, relaxed and refreshed during and after the process.
As someone with very sensitive and spot prone skin, using them has been a huge help and I’ve noticed a big improvement.
I’ve always been extremely insecure about this problem so in the long run, they have helped me a lot mentally too.
Try them out. You won’t regret it!
2. Listen To Music
Personally, I couldn’t go a single day without listening to music. Just imagining going out and forgetting my headphones makes me super uncomfortable.
When I’m feeling anxious or depressed or a mixture of both. Music can be the absolute best medicine and anti-depressant. I just sit in my room, put my headphones in and zone out.
It’s the best feeling. Especially when you are listening to your favourite artists.
My favourite group, BTS, recently released a new album. Have you heard it yet ?! It will get you dancing and feeling good. Definitely a new main part of my daily self-care playlist.
3. Play a Board Game
I was always more into video games. However, I got reintroduced to board games last year and I haven’t looked back since. Don’t get me wrong. Video games are great but I love them both equally now.
Anyway, playing board games with friends and family is an amazing form of self-care for me. It’s social so you are around people and not feeling lonely and depressed. But not too social like going out drinking and clubbing. Which is not my scene.
Most board games out now are so clever, well put together and very fun once you understand the rules and get into it.
A perfect escape from a bad mental health day!
4. Go Out For A Walk In Nature
I love going out for walks as part of my daily self-care routine. Especially in the green and nature orientated areas.
There is a graveyard near my house which is very peaceful to walk through when it’s quiet. Also, you see a lot of birds and squirrels.
Alternatively, I walk around the park near my house and watch the dogs running around and playing.
It is so relaxing and makes me so happy to see all of this. Seeing nature and especially seeing dogs happy, never fails to put a smile on my face. I can’t go wrong if my mental health is fluctuating one day.
5. Spend Time With Your Pet
Coming home to my cat after work is the BEST part of my day. No doubt about it. The little meow she gives me when I walk into the room is enough to cure my depression as it is.
Being around her, playing with her, cuddling her and fussing her really helps my mental health. Therefore I spend as much time as possible with her every single day.
Not only is it a great form of self-care for me but its lovely for her as well. Since she loves company.
I get made fun of for loving and caring about my cat as much as I do sometimes. I don’t care. No one has any idea how much she has saved and improved my mental health over the years.
She’s a wonderful girl and I can’t imagine life without her in it. She is my fluffy saviour.
6. Read a Self Help Book
You can find self-help books (or ebooks) just about anywhere if you search for them.
I have learned a lot about other peoples experiences and mindset from reading them. They have given me a lot of insight and brilliant ideas on how to love and look after myself.
It is so nice to settle down after a long day. Start reading a self-help book and really take it in. It’s an amazing daily self-care activity and a fantastic way to learn more about self-care. You can’t go wrong.
My personal favourite self-help ebook is called Social Anxiety To Social Success by AnxiousLass. She tells you all about her experiences and teaches you the techniques she has used to fight social anxiety over the years. A great read by a great and inspirational person.
7. Drink Water
I’ve always been such an advocate for drinking plenty of water.
So many people forget how important it is and how beneficial to mental and physical health it can be.
Sometimes I can be feeling awful and just drinking a big glass of water can perk me up immediately!
Now, throughout the day in order to look after me. I always make sure to stay hydrated. I highly recommend that you try and do the same.
Make a tracker and keep track of how much water you are drinking every day. This helped me to get back into the swing of things.
8. Have a Long Warm Shower or Bubble Bath
I don’t even really need to elaborate on this one. Everybody loves a nice warm shower or bubble bath (depending on your preferences).
Add this as a definite part of your daily self-care routine immediately.
You can even listen to music whilst you are in the bath or use a sheet mask. That’s a perfect two in one that I highly recommend if you need to relax a little bit.
9. Spend Time With Friends and Family
Don’t forget to see your friends and/or family. It can be difficult to keep on top of it when you are dealing with mental health problems.
Personally on days when I’m not working. Sometimes, I don’t feel like doing very much. However, when I do decide to meet my friends on days like this, it’s a godsend and cheers me up straight away.
You might not want to go out and meet people. Although you might need it and just not know it yet.
10. Binge Watch Something
Binge-watching is probably the easiest form of self-care on this list. All you need to do is open up Netflix, Amazon Prime or your favourite box set, relax and start watching.
Getting immersed in a show is my favourite way to escape from reality and forget about any worries that I may have. You can sit back and worry about a fictional character’s struggles for a few hours.
Absolutely perfect if you ask me!
This blog post is a part of the Love Myself 2020 Challenge that I’m taking part in this month. Together we have taught people all over the world how to love and care for themselves throughout the month of February.
I highly encourage you to get involved if you haven’t already. We share journal prompts, and blog posts every single day!
What is your favourite daily self-care activity? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to share this post if you enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading. I love you all!