Top tips for getting that much needed self-care

The darker mornings are upon us, Halloween is fast approaching and Christmas is just around the corner. Well, isn't this just the best time of year?
I feel that the colder months are completely dedicated to self-care, I mean, we all spend our summer months glammed up to the nines, drinking to our hearts content and barely worrying about what tomorrow may bring. Fast-forward to those dreaded pitch-black mornings and we barely want to roll ourselves out of bed. 

It's definitely time for some self-care.

Now I don't mean throw on a facemask, grab the duvet and snuggle down to the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Cheshire. There is more to self-care than a binge session.
We live in a society where it's promoted to go-out during the summer and stay-in during the winter - but why? Can't we just do both? 
Self-care is about improving yourself, both mentally and physically. So whether that is spending the day pampering yourself until your hearts content, or catching up with family and friends you've not seen in a while, it should be about what makes you feel good. So of course, if hiding under the duvet and catching up on your favourite TV series is going to perk you up, by all means, dive on in, but there is so much more to life than finding out who bitched about who on the latest reality show.
One thing I completely stand by is paying it forward, now it may not be your traditional self-care tip, but by doing something for someone else, especially someone you may never meet, it can have a profound effect on your mental state. I mean, what's better than making someone else's day complete? 
It's the little things that we do in life that can shape and change the way in which we care for others, and ourselves and by paying it forward it continues that positive chain. 
You can, if you fancy take a trip outside. I'm probably the worst at doing this, but getting a small bit of fresh air every single day is just what the doctor ordered. Even if you're on your own, pop down to the shops, walk around the garden or grab your bike and just lose yourself in your surroundings. We become so consumed by our everyday activities that we rarely get to appreciate what we've got on our doorsteps.
Now of course you can tackle any problem with a cup of tea (or coffee in my case). Take a step back from whatever you're doing and just relax, it can be the most beneficial thing you do today. Move away from the glaring screens and just take pleasure in actually being able to enjoy a hot drink, without trying to do a million things at once. 
I told you it's all about the small things.
You will of course know by now that having a bath is my number one self-care tip, and shock horror I've met a handful of people who despise baths, so this one isn't for you. I think the combination of drawing a hot bath and settling down to a gripping book is the cure of all cures. You are not only treating your body to complete relaxation, but you're also expanding your mind, well, that totally depends on what you're reading.
I think the term escapism comes to mind when mentioning self-care, the ability to zone out of everything else and focus on yourself can be overwhelming at times, but it has become something we need more and more.

We have become so focused on trying to please others and the world around us that we rarely focus on what we need. It's true that we put more attention into our cars than ourselves, so I think it's time we changed that.


Bex said...

Just read this post after a relaxing Lush bath myself! haha xx

Wonderful Hair said...

I genuinely think that having a good bad is one step closer to relaxing and taking care of yourself! xx

Will said...

Sheleen and i were just discussing "paying it forward" so there's something special having just read this now. Couldn't agree more about taking time for yourself and particularly the local surroundings. It's formidable how many people i see walking through the city or just down a street with there head deep in there phone or mobile device, not paying a slight bit of attention to there surroundings or the people they're about to copies with. Try sitting at the back of a bus and look forward and all you'll see is a world that has forgotten to communicate with one another verbally, yet every single one of those people are likely messaging away digitally, to random strangers no doubt in many instances.
Another great post Yas. Keep then coming, i enjoy taking the time to read then when i can (less so the girly ones) and think you could definitely hit a few chords with the world if you keep pushing these messages out.