Self-care is critical for everyone, whether it involves taking a mental health day, indulging in a spa day, or engaging in outdoor activities. However, planning self-care activities can be daunting and time-consuming, leaving one feeling overwhelmed. White Elm is here to give you tips on planning your self-care day to help you make the most out of it!
1. Set the Right Mood for Yourself
Create a clean and stress-free environment by decluttering the space around you, removing distractions, and keeping your space simple while focusing on yourself. Taking a break from technology and giving yourself time to disconnect can be highly beneficial for your self-care. It can help reduce stress, improve focus, and promote better sleep. If you want to set a calm and relaxing mood, dim the lights, light some candles, and listen to some relaxing music.
2. Take a Relaxing Bath
Fill your bathtub with warm water and add some bath bombs, bath salts, or bubble bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes and let the warm water and soothing scents ease your mind and body.
3. Treat your Skin
Take some time for your skin. Use a face mask or prepare a longer skin care routine one night and allow yourself to slow down your steps! This will not only treat your skin, but also help you slow down in life and become more present.
Take some time to practice mindfulness meditation. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath. Allow your thoughts to come and go without judgment. Try the box breathing method to really slow down and focus on your breath: INHALE for 4, 3, 2, 1 HOLD for 4, 3, 2, 1 EXHALE for 4, 3, 2, 1 HOLD for 4, 3, 2, 1. Do this a few times through and come back to your natural breath.
5. Do Something Different
We tell ourselves all the time that "we will do that when we have time". Take 30 minutes to genuinely spend time doing something you're putting off. Maybe that is reading, going for a hike, trying a new restaurant, reaching out to an old friend, or practicing a new or old hobby. Doing something different from your routine can allow you to become more aware of your day-to-day and in turn, give you more purpose for the way you spend your time.
There are many ways to practice self-care. Remember, self-care is an important part of maintaining a healthy mind and body. Take some time for yourself and enjoy an at-home self-care day.