Self-care is often something that falls by the wayside. It can feel like everything is much more important than your self-care practices, so we tend to put them at the bottom of our priority list.
And, while self-care looks completely different for everyone, it’s something you should try to incorporate into your life. We’ve curated a list of self-care practices that could make your time spent at home a little more relaxing and productive, depending on what you count as self-care.
If you’re practising social distancing and self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus, it’s important to take care of your mental health and check in on your friends and loved ones. We’re working through unprecedented times. Please take care of yourself and those around you.
If you’re lucky enough to have a bath in your house, we are officially jealous. Taking a bath is a relatively quick and easy way to insert some self-care into your day and just zone out and relax. You can make it super boujee with the addition of candles, fancy bath salts (like these from This Works) and music. Or, simply slide on in and read a book and enjoy the moment of peace.
If you’ve got the time, try indulging in a mini spa treatment. Use a face mask, try a body scrub or treat yourself to an at-home manicure and pedicure — do whatever makes you feel good about yourself.
It’s pretty rare that we have time to do a thorough deep clean and de-clutter at home so this could be a perfect time. There are literally always things that need doing around the house, like a closet clear out, a backyard overhaul or a deep cleansing of all junk drawers, so if you’re feeling a bit meh and like you need to be productive, this could be the thing for you!
Between work, family, socialising with friends and general day-to-day life, there’s not much time leftover for acquiring new skills. But a great way to invest in yourself is to actively try something new. Websites like Skillshare and Masterclass are great because they offer a variety of short, online courses across areas like creative writing, photography, animation and marketing and you’re able to complete it from home.
Meditation and mindfulness are wonderful practices that can help to reduce stress and anxiety while also boosting your immune system. If you’re not into practising meditation, you could start off by simply trying to incorporate some mindfulness techniques into your day. Try focusing your attention on your breathing for one minute, then focus on your thoughts and feelings for another minute. Such a small practice can bring you out of your head and back into the present moment.
Exercise helps to clear your mind and energise your body, so working a sweat sesh into your day could be your form of self-care. There are many ways you can exercise at home, including yoga and skipping, but you just need to find what works for you.
Switching off social media or news sources and diving into a book or movie is a great form of self-care. Everyone needs a break and the chance to zone out for a while and using your favourite TV series or movie is a great way to do this. Start a new series that you can discuss with your friends via FaceTime, or re-watch a bunch of old faves — the options are endless.
Ultimately self-care is a personal practice, so only do what feels right for you. It could be as simple as taking five to breathe or as elaborate as a 10-step skincare routine. You do you!
The current health crisis is evolving rapidly. If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.