Learning to look after yourself will build your self-confidence and help you emanate positive vibes all over the place. It’s not always easy to get into the habit of self-care, so here are a few ideas to get you started.
This can help if:
- you’re not looking after yourself at the moment
- you want to get ideas for how to practise self-care
- you want to establish more positive personal habits.
1. Take some time out
Setting aside time to do something you really enjoy can help lift your mood. Take a bath, get stuck into some video games, or finally finish that book you’ve been reading.
If you’ve got a busy schedule, an occasional 15-minute break will revitalise you. Spend that time listening to a few of your favourite songs, make a cup of tea and zone out for a bit, or watch some of the endless supply of fail videos the internet has to offer.
2. Be positive
It’s so easy to get caught up in every little thing you’d like to change about yourself. But that’s not always the most productive use of your energy. Instead, take a break from thinking about what you’d change, and instead focus on what you love about yourself. At first, you might feel embarrassed doing this, but no one needs to know and it’s an important and rewarding ability to have.
To really pump up the positive vibes, write down on post-it notes some of your achievements or the personal traits you’re proud of and stick them on your mirror. Make sure you read them every morning. That way, you can start every day with a smile.
3. Log out for a bit
This might sound impossible, but bear with us for a moment! Staying connected is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and to know what’s happening around the world. But it’s important to keep in mind that social media is just a snapshot of a person’s life. And often those snapshots are heavily filtered. So, instead of paying too much attention to your Instagram or Facebook feed, disconnect every so often and pay attention to the real world around you.
4. Go on a date with yourself
It’s hard to have a bad date if it’s with yourself! You can avoid surprises and awkward dinner chat, and there are no arguments about who’s going to pay the bill! If you’re not keen on having an entire dinner by yourself, grab some ice-cream or a coffee and just enjoy your own company without the added pressure of an actual date.
5. Keep a diary
Writing things down is a great way of staying motivated and visualising your progress. Use a diary to keep track of the personal goals you’ve been setting and meeting, and update it regularly.
Be sure to include both your big and small goals. This will help you to acknowledge and feel good about all your achievements.
What can I do now?
- Schedule some self-care time every day – it doesn’t have to be long.
- Write down a list of self-care techniques and start trying them!
- Read about some more strategies for self-care.