It has never been more important to ensure that you are looking after yourself, particularly if you suffer with mental health problems and are currently in lockdown. But it can be difficult to know how to do it when you’re stuck at home and feeling low on energy. So to help, I’ve put together a list of all the super simple things I do to practise self care at home.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
For me, sleep is one of the absolute basics of self care. You need to be getting enough of it and it needs to be quality. If you’re finding yourself struggling to sleep try setting a sleep schedule and sticking to it. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps your body know when it’s time to switch off. It’s also a good idea to limit your screen time in the evening so try putting that phone away an hour or so before you go to bed.
You can still stay active at home, although it may be a bit harder than usual. Keep yourself fit and avoid stiff achy muscles by incorporating a bit of movement at home. I love doing online fitness classes, particularly yoga, when I’m unable to exercise outside.
READ MORE: How CBT Got Me Exercising Again
Clean and Declutter Your Home
Tidy house, tidy mind and all that. I do admittedly find it difficult to make time for cleaning. There just always seems to be something better to do. But cleaning and decluttering your home can make you feel instantly better. And there’s nothing quite like that first sit down with a glass of wine after a big clean.
Meditation helps give you a bit of breathing space when everything feels too much. It’s especially good when you feel as though the walls are closing in on you. I like to use apps to help me meditate – my faves are Calm or Headspace.
Take a Bath
Now we’re talking! This is what we all picture when we think about self care at home isn’t it?
Fill up a nice warm bath with some lovely smelling oils and salts and have a nice long soak. If you don’t have a bath recreate the relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom. Stick on a face mask, light a candle and cosy up with a good book. I feel chilled out just thinking about it.
Give Yourself a Pamper
Try taking some extra time to make yourself feel good. When you’re at home it’s easy to fall into the trap where you don’t change out of your pyjamas and your hair goes unwashed for slightly longer than you would like. After a while it doesn’t make you feel so good.
Spend some time giving yourself a pamper. Whether that’s just sticking on a hair mask and doing your nails or getting fully glammed up for the garden.
Sort out Your Personal Admin
Aaaah I know, boring right!? But self care isn’t always relaxing and pretty. Sometimes it’s the mundane, essential stuff that we do for our own wellbeing. I often let things slip, leaving my to do list to build up and play on my mind. Set aside time to work through your personal admin, grab a cuppa and power on through that list.
Do a Bit Less Scrolling
We all know that too much social media scrolling can be bad for our mental health and make it difficult to be present with those around us. But honestly, it can be hard to resist. If you find yourself spending more time on social media than you would like but struggle to put it down completely, try setting some slightly easier rules, e.g. no social media after 7pm.
If that’s too difficult, try to at least clean up your social media so that your feed is full of positivity as opposed to people who will make you feel bad.
Maybe you’re a bit better than me at whipping up something from scratch but, honestly, if I don’t have a meal plan I find it genuinely difficult to figure out what to eat. Cue a lot of toast eating! If that sounds like you, set aside some time to plan what you want to eat in the week ahead (even if it’s just a rough idea of ingredients and meal options). It just takes that extra bit of ‘what am I eating?’ stress away.
Allow Yourself a Bit of Indulgence
Enjoy yourself a bit. Or a lot. Whatever you fancy. Have some chocolate, a glass (or two) of wine or simply park yourself in front of your favourite boxset for a few hours.
Invest in Some Good Loungewear
Absolutely no one wants to be relaxing on the sofa in their jeans, but sometimes you feel a bit crap just lounging around in your oldest, most worn clothes (although they are usually the comfiest, amiright!?)
I like to have a few bits of loungewear that are super comfy but also acceptable for public view. Although admittedly I do still spend a lot of my time in two year old pyjamas. What’s a girl to do?