In the whirlwind of a woman’s modern life, filled with deadlines, responsibilities and constant connectivity, we are all guilty of neglecting ourselves when it comes to putting our needs before everyone else’s. Self-care is not an indulgence; it is a necessity. Taking the time to prioritise ourselves for a change can only benefit your mental, emotional and physical well-being.
There are many ways to pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home. With social media influencers reaching outstanding views for content based around their night-time routine or skin-care routine, there are tips and tricks out there for everyone, depending on your skin type and what things you feel need some extra love.
Self-care is a holistic practice that encompasses various activities, habits and chores all aimed at nurturing yourself. It’s not a one-size-fits-all concept, but rather a personalised intimate journey that involves self-awareness and self-compassion.
Being selfish with your time is something that women should get comfortable with. In order to feel good on the inside, sometimes it takes some alone time to get your priorities in order and take care of your needs first. Wise words from American superstar Ru Paul who says countless times “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love anybody else”.
Prioritise Your Well-Being:
1. Quality Sleep
When all engines are going or you’ve had a busy day, its sometimes hard to switch off and relax, but getting quality sleep and aiming for at least 7-9 hours every night is the first step to take on your self-care journey.
Enough sleep every night will not only keep your immune system running at its best but also reflect it on your face. Sleeping that stress away will improve your mood and start your day off right every time.
2. Mindfulness Meditation
After a good night’s sleep, you can improve your day by practising mindfulness meditation, dedicating just a few minutes every day to quietly reflect, focusing on your breath, and trying to remain in the present moment. This could be done during your morning shower. There are moments throughout the day when you can just take a deep breath and have a moment to yourself.
This practice can reduce stress and increase your sense of enormous well-being.
3. Establishing Boundaries
Where life is busy and the world feels like it demands too much from you, whether you are taking advantage of your kindness or your work is constantly relying on you to do overtime, learning to say no when necessary and setting boundaries is essential to protecting your time and energy.
It’s okay to decline and put yourself first. By listening to your body and mind, you’re not only building a better relationship with yourself, but you’re also allowing yourself to recharge.
Physical activity has multiple benefits for both the body and the mind. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, dancing or a hike.
It’s important to keep your body moving, and it’s surprisingly rewarding after every session. Before you know it, you’re feeling more comfortable with the idea of showing off your hard work in a well-fitted corset dress.
5. Digital Detox
Social media takes up a lot of our time, and before you know it, you’ve wasted an hour of your time scrolling through apps aimlessly with no actual goal or motive.
Constant digital connectivity can contribute to stress and anxiety. Setting boundaries or time limits on apps can keep you present within the moment and improve productivity.
6. Skin Care
Setting aside some time every night and morning to do your skin care can make you look and feel like you do on the inside. This can give you the confidence to do anything, whether it’s putting on makeup or wearing your favourite short dress before a night out.
Skincare may seem overrated, but it should be taken seriously, and you will thank yourself in the future.