What does self-care mean during a global pandemic?
Not a priority?
Haven’t got time?
Or maybe you’re not working now and so you don’t feel you’ve earned your ‘me-time’. Well I believe self-care has never been so important to implement into our daily lives.
Many of us are struggling mentally and even physically during this time. Anxiety, depression and sleep issues can crop up when there is an amount of uncertainty to our life structure.
That’s why it’s so important to dedicate time each day to YOU! And the best place to start is ROUTINE! A lack of routine can put our body clock out, affecting sleep and mood. A few things can help. Here are my top 10 tips for self-care:
1 - wake and rise at the same time each day
2 - get outside as soon as possible and put your face in the sun (as much as possible)
3 - eat 3 regular meals, don’t skip any, and try to stick to a timetable
4 - move your body - preferably outside
5 - embrace a ‘wind-down’ practice each evening
6 - utilise natural light or switch lamps on, avoiding bright lights, to support the natural body clock response
7 - switch off screens 1-2 hours before bed and instead take a bath (I like to use lavender scents to relax me)
8 - use Epsom salts to invoke relaxation. (Even bathing feet in them will be beneficial). The magnesium content promotes sleep and aids relaxation
9 - engage in a good book before bed to calm a 'monkey mind'
10 - keep to a set bedtime each night