Self-care is talked a lot about these days. When I first started hearing the word my mind went directly to luxurious spa days. In my head, self-care was taking an entire day to get a massage, facial, mani/pedi, basically anything that would feel like you are spending some much needed time and money on yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a luxurious spa day, but that isn’t something I have the time (or money) for on a weekly basis. But incorporating simple ways to practice self-care was something I wanted to work into my schedule.
Turns out, a self-care practice isn’t just about spending an entire day on yourself. It’s more about the little things. Simple activities you can work into your schedule. Activities that are still about you, but not necessarily ones that take a whole day and a pretty penny.
For the past year, I’ve been working on simple ways to practice self-care daily. They aren’t extravagant, but I still feel good when I’m doing them and even more so after doing them. Self-care is about taking the time to make yourself feel the best you can, so while I try my hardest to do these daily so they become a habit, I also make sure to stay present and in the moment while performing these activities, so I’m not just going through the motions.
5 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care
1. Five Minute Journal
This Five Minute Journal is one of my absolute favorite things. It’s a gratitude journal that takes about 5 minutes to complete each morning and each nigh. In the morning you write out 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that would make the day great and a daily affirmation. In the evening, you write 3 great things that happened that day as well as something that could have made the day better. I’m a firm believer in practicing gratitude and this quick little journal makes doing so even easier. It’s a great way to start the day and a great way to reflect in the evenings.
2. Dry Brushing
I do this every morning before I get in the shower. It took me a while to build this habit, but I swear it is totally worth it. Dry brushing has a ton of benefits that include, exfoliation (obviously), helps heal/reduce any inflammation your body might be holding on to, stimulates the lymphatic system which removes toxins from your body, and it helps in reducing cellulite. To dry brush, all you need to do, using a natural bristle brush, is starting at your feet brush up (towards the heart, never away), in long sweeping motions until you’ve covered your entire body. It feels amazing and it’s a super quick and simple way to practice self-care each morning.
3. Ice Roller
Not sure how I lived without this one. I use this ice roller in the mornings for about 5-10 minutes while I’m wearing my eye patches (see below) and this little morning routine has become one of my favorite reasons to wake up. The benefits of ice rolling (other than that it feels amazing and is incredibly relaxing) is that it causes the skin to constrict, reducing the appearance of pores and blood vessels which results in the appearance of overall smoother, even toned skin. It also helps with inflammation and any irritation you may experience.
4. Eye Patches
I know some people may find eye patches a little frivolous, but I promise you can find some really good ones at a decent price. And they are so worth it! As I mentioned above, putting these little patches on in the morning has become a favorite part of my day. They helps to wake me up and make me feel like I’m being a bit indulgent, even though I’m totally not. Plus anything to help with the bags in the AM are a must for me!
5. Rose Water Spray
Probably the simplest way to indulge in a little self-care throughout your day. Spritzing a little rose water on (at any point of the day) not only feels refreshing, but helps to bring me back to life when that “I’m over it” feeling hits. There are also benefits to using rose water spray throughout your day that include hydrating your skin, balancing out any oiliness you may have and it provides your skin with some much needed vitamins including, E, A and C.
So as you can see, none of these self-care activities are crazy expensive or take more than 10 minutes, but they are still something I do to make myself feel better each and every day. Two additional and still simple ways to practice self-care, that I’ve talked about prior, are meditation and taking vitamins.