(6 Tips for Self Care)

Published: 13th October, 2018

In a world running at 100mph, finding ourselves busier and more anxious than ever, it's no wonder that our generation is now looking for new ways to rest, relax and reset our minds.

Here are my top 6 tips and the ones I find most helpful for looking after myself in a world-wind life.

1. Journaling

'Mind-dumping' is one of the best ways to create a calmer, more productive mind. Writing all the buzz going on in your head down on paper gives your brain room to breathe and helps stop over-thinking. I like to use my journal to set myself reminders and a to-do list each day, the goals I'd like to achieve, and the 3 things I'm grateful for (however big or small!)

Articulating your thoughts onto paper really gives you a grasp of how you feel about situations, and reading them in front of you allows you to find solutions or realise that what you are worrying about maybe isn't' so bad after all.

2. Meditation

Even when you're asleep, your brain is still full of traffic and thoughts. Meditation is one of the best ways to truly rest and reset your mind - especially when you're feeling overwhelmed. Guided meditation with breathing techniques and a body scan work best for me, and I can really allow my body to take a moment of calm, ground myself, and clear the traffic in my head.

Headspace is a great app for any areas you'd like to focus and work on. Not only do they have the usual guided meditation for issues such as anxiety & depression, but also more niche topics, such as self-esteem, anger, mindful eating and productivity. You can get the basic meditation topics for free, but I pay a monthly installment of £9.99 to receive everything, and it's an investment I do not regret!

3. Podcasts

Now these little gems are so underrated it's ridiculous! Podcasts are the future, and so easy to listen to wherever you are and whatever you're doing. One of the main channels I listen to, and I do so every night, is the 'Science of Happiness' from the Greater Good Magazine. These guys surpass all the cliché happiness goals and go straight into the science behind different techniques and how you can find your place, and ultimately your happiness, in the world.

4. Water

The importance of drinking water is raved about nowadays, but it really does reap so many benefits. Not just to keep hydrated, but to provide energy, help with weight loss, flush out toxins and boosts our immune systems. All these things help our mind in a positive way.

The recommended amount of water to drink each day is 2 litres, and this is something I add into my journal to aim towards each day. You will be surprised on how little (or maybe how much!) water you do actually drink each day when you are monitoring it. Over time you will notice the effect it has on your mental and physical wellbeing.

5. Get Outdoors

I cannot emphasise enough how much this one tip has changed my life. When you are struggling in your own mind, sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take that step and get out of bed. It is honestly the best thing you can do. If I don't set myself any other goals for the entire day, getting out of bed is definitely the first, and going outdoors is the second.

Doing these 2 steps may seem like the hardest thing in the world to do, trust me, I've been there, but one of my closest friends gave me the best advice of 'breaking it down'. Focus on each step you need to take to reach this goal, and before you know it you'll have soared. Just having some natural light on your face and movement in your muscles will make the biggest difference.

Surround yourself in nature, go to a forest, a reservoir, observe the world's natural beauty. In turn you will feel an inner sense of peace and accomplishment.

6. Clean your Environment

I cannot stress enough how much this can affect your mindset. Being surrounded with clutter and untidiness really does have the same impact on your brain. Simple jobs such as making your bed every morning and washing the dishes before you go to bd at night really helps put you in a more positive, productive and clutter free mind.

To add to this, I love lighting candles and using my oil diffusers to help lift my mood. I use essential oils in my diffusers such as peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit and lavender to create a peaceful and calm environment which help my senses and my mood.

Hi and welcome to Betty's Blog! This is my little space on the web for the things that make me happy. 😍