5 Self Care Tips

Taking care of yourself is really important, especially for your own mental health and wellbeing. Below are five self-care tips that I think really help to improve your life for the better.

1. Go For A Walk
I know it's winter and it's cold but there's just something refreshing about going on a winter walk. Wrapping up warm in a coat, scarf, hat, and gloves can help with the cold but as soon as you start walking then you'll soon warm up. It's not healthy to stay in the house all the time and a walk doesn't have to be boring. Go with a friend or family member or even by yourself. Take some headphones and listen to some music or an audiobook which will make your walk less boring. Go somewhere exciting like on the seafront or some woods or even just around your street. It's also a great way to exercise and set yourself a challenge to do 10,000 steps a day just to really motivate you to go for a walk. It's the perfect way to do a little self-care by just getting out and exploring the world or just your hometown. I would highly recommend it. Heck even taking a flask of hot chocolate or coffee with you to really warm you up if it's too cold outside.

2. Journaling 
Honestly journaling is the best self-care for me. I'm a big overthinker and sometimes it's just easier to write all my thoughts and feelings down. I even write 'Dear Diary' at the start of every entry to make it feel like I'm writing a letter to a friend. It's also interesting to look back and reading previous entries where I would sometimes be in a low place to compare it to the present where I'm in a better place, so it makes you realise that things do get better eventually. There's no right or wrong way to journal. You're free to write whatever you want with no fear of judgement because it's fairly unlikely someone is going to read your journal especially if you're like me who write pages of thoughts and feelings. Plus most of the time my writing is unrecognisable when I'm in a flow of writing so I seriously doubt anyone would be able to understand what I've wrote. Either way this is a perfect-way to self care because it feels like you're letting out a plug in your mind and it's all flowing out into your journal, so it just makes you feel more at ease with life. 

3. Switch Off
The amount of time we spend using technology. Whether it's checking your phone because you're bored, scrolling through social media or watching videos. It can take over your life. I'd highly recommend getting updates on your screen time because it's really eye opening. Especially when it says you've spent a daily average seven or eight hours which is actually a lot in one day. Sometimes you need to take time to switch off from the world. Do things that don't involve technology whether it's reading a book, doing a puzzle, or colouring. Even baking something or getting creative. The more you do it then the more you realise you don't need to update every single aspect of your life nor do you need to constantly check your phone. You might even start to appreciate life more if you just switch off every once in a while.

4. Me Time
A really important part of self-care is having a bit of me time. Taking some time to focus on yourself will really help you out. Whether it's having a whole pamper session, doing something that you really enjoy or finally getting around to reading that book you've wanted to read. I'd recommend of making a list of all the things you enjoy and feel relaxed doing. Maybe don't do something that can make you feel stressed like a competitive video game or tidying your bedroom. Either way enjoying some me time can be really beneficial to your mental health. 

5. Sleep!
The final thing that is so important to your self-care is getting enough sleep. It can be a real struggle to get your full eight hours but going to bed at a decent time and waking up at a reasonable time can be really beneficial to you. It will make you feel less tired and the more you do it then your body clock will follow suit waking up naturally around the same time your alarm clock goes off as well as feeling tired in the evening. Try to avoid spending too much time on your bed during the day or you'll be tempted to take an unexpected nap which will really mess up your sleep schedule. Use the evening time to be your relaxing time and your daytime to be productive. Of course it can be a struggle with your work life as you could be scheduled to do morning shifts one week and evening shifts the next. Just try to factor in enough sleep each day as it will really benefit your mental health. 

So yeah, those are my five self-care tips. Of course there are many more tips, but I don't want to make this post any longer than it is. Let me know if you would like me to do another post where I share even more self-care tips or if you have any self-care tips that I haven't mentioned then leave them down in the comments and we can help each other out. 

Thank you for reading my blog and I'll be back again soon with another post. 

See you then. 

Megan x 

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