In the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about the importance of making time for little self-care treats in my life.
Self-care is something that can easily be forgotten in the normal busyness of day-to-day life but I really think it’s important for anybody’s continued wellbeing. Before I had cancer, I rarely did any of these things.
When I say ‘self-care treats’, I mean things like:
- A coffee date with my little boy
- Sitting in the garden with the sun on my face and NO PHONE!
- Attending Grainne’s meditation group
- Going for a spa treatment
- Exploring somewhere new with my little boy and my husband
- Taking some time out to think about all I am grateful for
- Reading a magazine or a new book
- Doing some yoga
- Making myself a really nice meal and taking the time to enjoy eating it
- Going for some reflexology
- Taking care of my skin with a lovely body cream
- Filing my nails
- Applying foot cream and socks before bed
- Taking a hot water bottle to bed
- Diffusing essential oils in the house
- Applying an essential oil on my skin before bed
- Taking time out to just ‘be’ and listen to the sounds around me
- Putting on some of my favourite music
- Taking photos and making photo albums
- Painting rocks
- ‘Emptying’ my mind onto a page
- Buying myself a little present online or at the shops
A few more treats I’d like to do in my life are:
- Going for walks by the sea
- Bubble baths! I’m terrible at making time to have a lovely relaxing bath
- Trying new restaurants with my boys
- Trying a hot yoga class
- Learning to do calligraphy
I think it’s in these moments that we are able to really stop and experience life, to feel happy, to reflect and relax. If we are not having them on a regular basis, are we really doing ok? How would we know?
Do you make time for yourself with little things like these? What self-care treats do you have in your life? How many do you have every day/every week/every month? I’d love to read them in the comments below.
By Happy Magazine Editor, Holly Kennedy