It’s no secret that right now we could all do with some self care tips to help get us through these stressful times. Your home is the best place to cultivate your wellness practices. You should see the space as your sanctuary away from the outside world, where you can have time for yourself. Self care tends to improve our immunity, increase positive thinking and make us less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues.
By simply making one small change in your day you’ll soon find you feel happier and healthier.
Here I have picked 10 ways that can help bring calmness and joy.
Getting yourself organised is usually the first step to becoming a healthier version of yourself. Having a planner or a calendar accessible at all times helps you write down all your appointments and responsibilities, whilst at the same time keeping your life that little bit more organised. Create a space to keep items you may need for the next day such as your keys, bag, purse and coat. Doing small things like these in your everyday life can help you feel less overwhelmed and achieve more in less time.
Dedicate space to relaxation
When you walk into your home you should be able to enter at least one space where you can fully let go of the stress of the outside world. Try to create a space that fosters relaxation. It could be an entire room filled with your favourite things such as books, art work and plants. If you live with others and don’t have much space you could make a corner yours by adding a bookshelf, maybe a zen garden and a comfortable chair. Theres many things you can do to relax, from meditation to a self care routine – check my previous Self Care Sunday post for some inspiration.
With spring almost here now is the perfect time to start your collection of plants. Not only do they look great, but they can improve the air quality in your home. Studies have shown that indoor plants can boost moods, productivity and creativity, they also reduce stress levels, fatigue and colds. They clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen.
Curate items that bring you joy
Whenever the word joy pops into my head I think of Marie Kondo, although I’m not suggesting you start spring cleaning your home I do recommend thinking like Kondo by keeping things in your home that bring you joy. For a relaxing space make sure the items inside reflect positive vibes which make you happy.
Stimulate your senses
The five senses – sight, smell, hear, touch and taste. Think of ways you can bring positivity within your space by using your senses. Fill up those empty spaces on your walls with art you love. The smell of fresh flowers or your favourite scented candle can create an aromatic atmosphere. Listen to music that makes you happy. Add some soft cozy throws on your couch or luxury bedding. Cook your favourite delicious foods. Doing things like these stimulates parts of your body which will help bring calm and happiness to your mind.
Adhering some rituals to your day can increase your performance throughout each day to become more productive, whether it’s making your bed each morning, taking daily vitamins or meditating. It can really be anything simple and maybe you’ll notice some things you’re already doing it in your day to day life.
Keep your home clean
I know most of us may not enjoy the thought of cleaning but we also like the satisfying feeling of having a clean, fresh space. I’m sure at this moment in time you’ve probably been cleaning a lot more often than you previously were. Try to set a schedule for yourself to do chores around your home so it doesn’t get too out of hand.
Read more books
Do you find yourself getting bored of scrolling through pointless social media apps? Instead consider reading a book. Being online constantly can actually contribute to our anxiety and stress rather than helping it. You could find books on self care so you can learn more about taking care of yourself. It may seem boring at first but you may surprise yourself with how calming it can be. Frequent reading can improve your mood as well as keep you present and mindful.
Here are a few books I would recommend:
Daily Zen Journal by Charlie Ambler – Amazon
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam – Amazon
The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith – Amazon
You Are A Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero – Amazon
Sleep can have a huge effect on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Not getting enough hours in the night can cause some serious health issues. Create a nightly routine to get your body ready for a good nights rest. Make sure your bedroom is free of distractions (TV, Phone, Laptop etc) for you to get good REM sleep. Buy blackout curtains to keep the sun from waking you up too early in the morning. You should also be mindful of any foods or drinks you may be having before bed as caffeine and sugar can keep you awake.
It’s no secret that eating the right foods has many health benefits, such as prevention of memory loss and weight loss. For a great nights sleep try eating a balanced diet and foods that are rich in vitamin B, such as fish, eggs and dairy. Vitamin B may help to regulate melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycles.