Welcome to the new decade! It’s time to make the twenties an upgrade on the teenies (is that what we’re calling them??) and start putting ourselves first with a self-care routine that gives us the inner strength to deal with whatever the new decade brings.
It’s no secret that people who don’t give themselves the care that they give to others will usually end up stressed and burned out. To stop this happening to you, develop an attitude of nurturing – take care of your mind, body and soul every day, in small ways and occasionally (but regularly) bigger ways too. Self -care is non-negotiable these days, but you have to make an effort to make space for it (I literally put it in my diary – like any other appointment). Here are a few ideas for things to do that rebalance, re-energise and replenish.
20 Self-Care Ideas for 2020
1. Do Something Physically Energising
Whatever floats your boat, make time for it if it makes you feel good. This could be a series of stretches, Pilates or yoga, a run, a swim or a walk in the park. Just get that activity up. Exercise releases endorphins (the happy hormone).
2. Stretch It Out
Hunched over a desk or in a car? Bodies aren’t meant to be cooped up so stretch it out. Find a set of effective stretches that stops your body feeling like it’s ten years older than it really is. My top tip is to look up Yoga for Adrienne on YouTube. Your muscles will thank you for it. If you want to do even more for yourself, get a professional involved; book a massage!
3. Take a Bath
It’s a self-care cliché but for a good reason. If you have the time, shut the door, put some music on, and take a magazine or book in with you. Lie back and let the stresses of the day dissolve away into a warm bath. If you have any aches or pains why not add some Epsom Salts, be careful if you have any blood pressure issues, heart or circulation issues when using any form of Epsom Salts or bath salts.
4. Try a Mini-Meditation
Begin or end your day with just one minute of deep breathing, while focusing your awareness onto your body, inner thoughts, and feelings. This is an exercise that’s also useful to do during the day when you feel stressed and need to take time out. There are some great meditation apps out there including Headspace and Calm.
5. Be Still
Find a quiet place outside, find somewhere comfortable to sit and be still. Pretend there’s nobody else around and focus on the quiet and stillness and think about all the things in your life that make you happy or smile. These can be things that you have now or memories that you wish to treasure.
6. Unplug Just for a Day
We always used to manage without social media and instant messaging, so just for a day, switch them all off and embrace a notification-free existence. It’s very freeing and you may end up wanting to do it for even longer.
7. Write a Gratitude List
Focusing on all of the things that you’re thankful for will put a happy spring in your step. Try to think of three things every morning or evening. Or when you feel down, refocus with three things to be happy about.
8. Dance Like Nobody’s Looking
They aren’t! Dancing is incredibly freeing, so stick on a few dance anthems or whatever makes you want to move and shake your booty.
9. Take a Walk
Have you really taken the time to explore the area you live in/ Walk around, slowly, and really notice the details. Be curious about your neighbourhood.
Are you getting enough? We suspect not. Why not take a quick nap if you feel tired, or try an earlier bedtime give your body a bit more downtime?
11. Do Something New
That thing you’ve always wanted to try? Do it.
12. Spend Quality Time with People you Love
Hanging out with the people you love most in the world is good for your soul. If they’re far away, give them a phone call.
13. Read a Book
Why not go to a book shop and browse, see what takes your fancy and then read it a couple of times a week, recognise this as your time. In can be whatever book you like whether it a novel, sci-fi, biography or something a bit more “woo-woo” or even something you are interested in learning about.
14. Take a Full Day of Rest Every Week
You deserve it and your mind and body will thank you for it. Even if it is just 1 evening or afternoon for yourself. Block it out in your diary as if it were an appointment!
15. De-clutter Your Life
You don’t have to do it all at once, but decluttering is very therapeutic. Start with an email inbox, work up to your desk or a closet, feel the benefits of less clutter
16. Enjoy a Piece of Chocolate or a Glass of Wine
Even better, have both…while writing your mission statement. In the bath!
17. Book a Massage
18. Book a Facial
19. Book a Reflexology Session
It is not pampering, it is self-care!
20. Invest in Yourself
We may have mentioned this before but taking the time to invest in yourself is a supreme act of self-care, and we think you should indulge in it as often as you can.
Have a great 2020.
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