1The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
WRITE A LETTER
Pick out a special card or postcard that you love, use this to write a letter to yourself. It can be to your future self, past self or even to your present self. Fill it with whatever advice you would love to hear or what you wish someone would say in a letter to you. Keep your card or postcard somewhere safe so you can go back and read it whenever you feel like you need a bit of inspiration.
Create your own personal policies. For those who don’t know, personal policies are usually used in businesses to describe the type of job performance and workplace behaviour it expects from its employees. The self-care equivalent of it is where you create a small list of things you will stand by and not be pushed into doing. It may be you follow a vegan lifestyle so you refuse to use any animal products or be forced into doing so. Or you may be a young teen and refuse to drink alcohol even if your friends do. Whatever it is write them down and live by them. Two of my personal policies are:
- I will not be pressured into anything I’m not comfortable with, like drinking alcohol.
- Being aware of what I’m putting in my body, like food, medication etc. As well as on my body, so I only use natural products instead of chemical-filled ones.
Personal policies are especially important for teenagers, as its so easy for us to be pressured into things we may not necessarily want to do.
A vision board is a collage of pictures, words and quotes that represent your inspiration and what your dreams are for your life. It can be used to help clarify what your purpose is or help you work towards your goals. As it serves as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. The best part about vision boards or dream boards is there are no rules! All you need is a base, you could use a cork board, a price of cardboard or a frame like me! Then use either magazine you don’t mind cutting up or you can print off photos off the internet. Find a quiet spot, play some of your favourite music, put your phone on silent and let your creativity flow. Chose photos and or words that resonate with you and bring you motivation. Use glue or thumbtacks to stick your photos and words down. Finally put it up somewhere you will see it every day. I like to create a new dream board every year or 6 months as my life adapts so does my goals.
30 MINUTES OF SELF CARE DAILY
Allow yourself 30 minutes each day to do whatever you want. Just make sure it’s something that you enjoy/find relaxing. For me, that’s reading a book, watching some of a TV show on Netflix or catching up on my favourite bloggers posts. The rule is that you aren’t allowed to feel guilty or focus on all the things you should be doing instead. This time is just for you to chill out and unwind from the day.
I know it can be easy to get wrapped up in life and feel as though you have no time for yourself. Let alone 30 minutes! That’s why it’s all about starting off small, make it a goal to incorporate one tip into your daily life. And then slowly incorporate more and don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. As this is supposed to be fun, not feel like a chore!
-What do you do for self-care? Comment down below, I’d love to know! xx