The internet loves to talk about self care. What’s your self care routine? We ask each other constantly, as if looking after yourself is as simple as a nightly facemask and a cup of peppermint tea.
The truth is, self care comes in a million different shapes and sizes. Some nights it’s a cup of tea, and sometimes it’s a bottle of wine, ya know? Sure, taking a hot bath and spending the evening painting watercolours in your silky robe is an act of self love (I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing…). BUT it’s not always exactly the most practical option. We don’t always have the time or the funds to pamper ourselves — not in the ways that instagram would have us believe we should, at least. But does the fact that I work every day, or that I can’t afford to go on magical vacations and glamorous outings mean I can’t participate in the fun and fabulous world of self love?
Hell to the nah.
I find a lot of ways to love myself – some frivolous and fun, and some a little more practical. Eating a salad can be self care too, after all. SO, here we go; 10 ways to practice self care in the real world. Some of them require a little more time than others, but I promise you they are all very real, super cheap (or free), and incredibly satisfying.
✨ snuggle yourself into the covers and read your horoscope before you get out of bed. I like the astrotwins, but you have to find a source that works for you.
✨ drink a glass of water. Squeeze in a bit of lemon or toss in some mint leaves, if you can.
✨ put some oil in your hair. I am currently obsessed with this one because it smells amazing and is working wonders for my hair.
✨ eat something REAL. I don’t know about you but I tend to get caught up in life and forget about, y’know… food. Real food, I mean. Cook yourself a meal, make yourself a smoothie, or at least grab an apple.
✨ spritz yourself with your favourite perfume and throw on some lipstick. I don’t care if you’re doing anything fancy afterward or not, nothing will make you feel “together” faster.
✨ go for a walk. Maybe try some walking meditation, while you’re at it — or just throw in your headphones and turn your favourite song loud.
✨ answer your emails. Not exactly glamorous but as someone who currently has 126 unread messages in their inbox, I can tell you that it is a constant stressor.
✨ exfoliate. Am I the only one that finds exfoliating super satisfying when I’m having a bad day? It’s like you can feel the bullshit going down the drain.
✨ grab your journal, and leave your phone and your laptop at home. Take yourself on a coffee date and just write.
✨ paint your nails. Nothing like a fresh mani to make you feel like a whole new woman, am I right?
SO lovelies, tell me… how do you look after yourself when you have Real Life happening? Would love some things to add to my list.
Love + bubble baths – L