10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Single Day

12.5.21

Whether you're a mum or not, you'll know just how easy it is to take care of others before yourself. But we've got to remember that this is something we need to learn to take time for too. And after the year we've all had, it's more essential than ever to have a little bit of self-care every day! But if you're wrapped up in looking after your family, it can feel almost impossible to find time for something other than that. So in this post I thought I would share 10 ways in which you can have a little 'me-time' every day. Once you realise the importance of taking time out for yourself, you'll never look back as the mood and self-esteem boosting effects are amazing!

Drink More Water
Mornings are usually spent rushing around, but one little action of self-care you can do is have a glass of water first thing. It takes less than a minute, but the lasting effects will leave you feeling good all day. Being dehydrated can lead to headaches, hunger and just a general bad mood, so make sure to keep a water bottle filled all day.


Meal Plan
When life gets busy it's easy to just stick any old thing in the oven just to get food on the table. Who has time to cook up a Michelin star menu when they've just got home from work? Writing up a whole week's menu at the start of the week takes the stress out of cooking - plus it means you know exactly what to buy at the supermarket, and reduces waste too. Win win!

Exercise
Changing up your workout routine (or if you're like me, simply starting a routine in the first place) can breathe life into exercise.You can even boost your muscle gains with the help of steelsupplements.com/ if you want to feel really strong. I like to fit in HiiT sessions at home around the school runs, but you could go for a swim, start the Couch to 5K, or plan to join an exercise class with a friend. Whatever you do, make sure it's something you enjoy, as that will help you keep the routine up for longer.

Get Some Music On (and Dance)
Life is busy, there's no getting around it. But sticking on your favourite tunes and busting out the 90's dance moves brings fun back into your day. Try roping in your loved ones to reconnect with them after a long day - my littles love nothing more than a silly dance party with mummy!

Take 5 Minutes for Yourself
We spend most of our days running around like headless chickens, so taking 5 minutes just to do nothing will be a welcome break. And it helps you remember that self-care doesn't have to be lavish. Time away from your phone looking at the world can be as effective as a full day in the spa. 

Build a Morning Routine
Building yourself a morning routine that brings some joy and structure into your life can be really grounding. It could be having a cup of coffee outside (weather permitting) or doing some stretches before you race out the door. And it doesn't have to be hours long. Start with just 30 minutes of a few moments for yourself before you get started, and you'll be equipped to face the day feeling confident.

Write Lists / Journals
With so much to remember and think about on a daily basis, it's no wonder that our brains struggle to cope sometimes. A great way to help with this is to write (or type) it down, so then you can see it in front of you. Some people like to write journals to share their daily thoughts, or it could be as simple as jotting down a to-do list and ticking the jobs off as you go. 


Have a Technology Break
I know I am guilty of being on my phone for a lot of the day. We do basically everything with them; keep in touch with family, get stuff done for work, or just simply engaging on social media. But they can be really distracting when you're trying to wind down. Try giving yourself an allotted amount of screen time. If that's too intense, put the phone down an hour before bed and unwind with a book instead. This will definitely lead to a better night sleep!

Say 'No' More
We have high expectations for ourselves. And that includes going to every social event on the calendar. That couldn't be more true for us than right now as the world begins to open up again and the social invitations come flooding in. But you might not have the energy, and forcing yourself into something you can't handle will just leave you burnt out. So say 'no.' Prioritise your wellbeing above stretching yourself too thin. Your friends will be more understanding than you think because they probably feel the same way.

Write Down 3 Positive Things Every Day
Taking time to write down just 3 things that weren't totally awful in your day will flip your mood from positive to negative. And it doesn't have to be a huge defining moment like a job promotion. Maybe the coffee you made that morning tasted delicious, or you got to spend 5 minutes in the sunshine. No matter how challenging or stressful your day might have been, there is always something good that happened.

What would you add to my list?

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