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Self-care is a phrase that became huge in 2018. And although I generally have a pet peeve for catch phrases or buzz words (like “innovative” *insert eye roll emoji here). Self-care means more than just words. Let’s be honest for a minute here, modern life means we spend so much time working, doing things for others and just trying to get through what life throws us. But practising self-care is so incredibly important. And doing so can be so simple and easy. We cannot give energy to anything if our “cup” is empty, right?! So here are the five super simple ways I practice self-care that you could implement into your own life.

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1. Meditation

Meditation is a practice I have been trying to master. Or in the very least practice every day. It can seem incredibly daunting at first and maybe you’re a little intimidated by the idea. The easiest way I have found to get into meditation is to use a good app. My favourite by far is Headspace. I have tried others but I just love how adorably cute the app is to look at yet how powerful and great the meditation sessions are. If you don’t yet know how to get into mediation or maybe you can’t find the time during the day, start by using the awesome section dedicated to sleep meditation. I can honestly say that every time I use this section of the app I fall asleep quicker and wake up so refreshed. Getting good sleep is a pillar of self-care so you are practising two things at the same time, which is a total win!

2. Reading

I love a good book. And lately, I have been reading a lot of books that focus on spirituality, personal growth and ways of viewing your life. Don’t get me wrong these are not your traditional “self-help” books. These are books that challenge the way you view everyday life. Books that teach you to let go of things that block your mental happiness. Books that speak about taking responsibility for the life you live. I feel like reading books like these are an investment in myself and my personal growth. A few of my personal favourites are The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F@*k by Mark Mason, Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer). I find reading novels just as rewarding in terms of self-care. They are kind of like creative forced breaks from my day-to-day life. And I always feel energised after reading a great book. Check out my READ feature for some recommendations.

3. Hygge

So I’m sure you’ve seen this word floating around lately. And if you are wondering what it means, I love this definition by Alex of Hygge House

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.

Alex from Hygge House

There are so many ways you can bring the concept of Hygge into your life. And this breakdown of the topic by Country Living is a great place to start for ideas. In my own life, I practice Hygge by burning pretty scented candles or essential oils, making tea in my favourite mug and having a favourite fluffy cosy throw blanket that makes me happy every time I use it. I also love taking myself on coffee dates to my favourite coffee shop (here on the island it has to be Kitron Cafe). Just immersing myself in cafe culture and being in a cosy atmosphere brings me so much joy.

4. Mental Health Day

This one is a biggy for me. What I call “taking a mental health day”, is the practice of being honest with your emotions and state of mind and not forcing yourself to do something when you are at your lowest. So what does this mean, for me it means, taking a break from work when I feel like the stress is becoming counterproductive to my health, saying no to social events when the thought of going brings me emotional stress or if I feel physically down. Now “taking a mental health day” is not to be mistaken with bunking, avoidance or hiding. It just means being honest with yourself about your commitments and the extent to which you can spread yourself before affecting your health. I aim to take no more than two mental health days in a month. And sometimes I go months without taking one. But when I do, I find I have the renewed energy to face tasks that may have previously brought me stress or made me feel completely overwhelmed. Try it sometime, but use responsibly (don’t practice on days that may mean risking your job, studies or family life).

5. Pamper

The one self-care practice that leaves me feeling 100% greater afterwards is “pamper”. This one is so easy to incorporate into your life. It is as simple as applying a delicious face-mask to your face when you step out of the shower (I love these ones from Freeman Beauty – the best part is they are cruelty-free). The simple act of paying extra attention to your body in a loving caring way has so many benefits for your mental well being. Go on give yourself some extra TLC this week!

So there you have it, the 5 ways I practice self-care. I hope you have found this post useful in helping you find ways to incorporate self-care into your daily life. I’d love to hear how you practice self-care, so leave me a comment here with your self-care tips or if you’ve tried some of the above.

Happy self love lovelies!