When you think about self-care, your mind probably jumps to indulgent spa treatments, yoga retreats or luxurious weekends away. Whilst these are beautiful ways to recharge the soul, for most of us, they options are simply not feasible on a regular basis. Luckily, self-care can definitely be achieved on a budget! Self-care is about taking time to restore balance and re-energise your body. And how we achieve that will be a little different for each of us.
Here are seven of our favourite self-care rituals that you can incorporate into your daily life – even if you can only spare 10 minutes each day.
1. Ground yourself: The practice of grounding essentially involves direct skin contact with the Earths surface. Physically connecting with the surface of the Earth has been shown to help restore the electrical balance of the body and counteract the effects of stress.
2. Read for fun: Carve some time out of your busy day to read something that you enjoy, whether it be a newspaper, a magazine, a novel or even your favourite blog.
3. Create a daily tea ritual: Tea is an integral part of many cultures, and most of us enjoy a cuppa on a daily basis. Setting up a daily tea ritual gives you a lovely opportunity for a mindful break. Take your time to create a soothing cup of tea – be it an exotic herbal blend in a fancy teapot or a good ol’ Bushell's with a dash of milk. Make it your own and pay attention to each step in the process of brewing your perfect cuppa.
4. Unplug / Digital detox: Ideally, aim to unplug from your digital devices for 2-3 hours of your day (and no, sleeping hours do not count!). Constant exposure to screens, blue light and electromagnetic fields can leave us feeling frazzled and fatigued, so incorporate a little digital detoxing into your day.
5. Stretch: A gentle stretching session can do wonders for you physical health, but also for your mental and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t need to be an hour long yoga session – a quick 10 minute stretching routine can make a noticeable difference to your health.
6. Schedule creative time: Allowing time and space for creativity is a great outlet for self-expression. Keep in mind that there are many different ways in which we can be creative, it is not necessarily restricted to arts and crafts. It could be building something, creating recipes, blending your own herbal teas or gardening. Let your imagination run wild.
7. Take 10 minutes to do nothing: It sounds simple enough, but realistically, we rarely take the time to intentionally do nothing. Andy Puddicombe has done a brilliant TED talk on this topic. So take 10 minutes to watch this video, and then take 10 minutes to do nothing. Absolutely nothing.