13 simple yet effective self care tips

Do you know self care can be simple and not expensive. Do you know that self care doesn’t have to take hours if you don’t have the time.

Self care has to work around and with you. Yes you. It can take 5 minutes or 5 hours – it depends on what you can do.

I personally love the idea of a spa or a nice long soak in the bathtub filled with bubbles and relaxation music but being realistic – it’s just not possible for me with my lifestyle.

I am more regular 5-10 minutes a few times a week. I need time to just mentally catch up.

Here are my simple yet effective self care tips that work for me and hopefully you too.

  1. I love nothing better then to stand bare feet on the grass in my garden. I love to concentrate on the feel of the soil beneath my feet, the grass between my toes and ground myself back to earth. I’ve heard sand at the seaside can be just as effective.
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2. Have you ever sat outside and looked up? Seen the sky, the birds, the environment around you? Having a good look around your outside space can free your mind and allow you to see things you’ve not noticed before.

3. Paint your nails – you can buy really good nail polish that dries within 60 seconds. It’s amazing how good you can feel with painted nails. I like Rimmels 60 second super shine.

4. Have a hot shower all to yourself. No children sneaking in with you. Lock the door and take time to clear your thoughts and take time for you. I love to use a body scrub too once a week. My skin feels so soft afterwards.

5. When you wake up have a good stretch and wish yourself a good morning, send yourself some positive thoughts at the start of your day.

6. I love to light one of my Yankee candles and meditate. I love looking into the flame, breathing deeply in through my nose and out through my mouth several times to help clear my mind. I also use crystals to help me and meditation music from YouTube. Not for long though, 10 minutes is normal for me. You only need 5-10 minutes yourself but take as long as you need.

7. Read a book. Find a book you really want to read and if it helps, schedule time into your week to read a few pages or a few chapters.

8. Look after your skin. I love to do is shave and file the dead skin off my feet. I’m being honest! – I hate dry skin on my feet and hairy arm pits and legs! I feel so much better afterwards!

9. Exercise – of any sort. I don’t do running or the gym. I like beginners yoga and beginners pilates because they help strengthen my core and back muscles, I have to be careful with what exercises I do with my back issues. I use YouTube for yoga and pilates.

10. Another thing I like to do is watch my girls when they are sleeping. It helps me remember the magic that happened in my body, the humans I grew within me and the fact I am a mum to my beautiful girls. It helps me refocus any negative thoughts into a positive reality, my life, my present and future. Feeling blessed is very grounding.

11. Try and swop your caffeinated hot drinks to decaffeinated hot drinks. It will help you sleep better and is generally better for your body.

12. Drink more water. If your like me I don’t drink enough water during the day. This is something I am mindful of and working on it.

13. If you have time you can book yourself a massage, go to a spa or go on a girly shopping day. Just find something that will make you feel good.

We only live one life. Look after yourself. 

Do you have any simple effective self care tips?

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10 Comments

  1. September 4, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Brilliant tips for busy mums. I love a shower to myself which doesn’t happen often. And I love sitting on our deck and listening to the birds chirping. Nothing like their songs to cheer you up x

    • rachelsdiary
      September 7, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      Sounds lovely and relaxing listening to the birds chirping 🙂

  2. September 4, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Now that my daughter is going back to school and I have been recovering from quite a hefty illness self care is going up on my agenda! In fact I am off to go and take a 10 minute power nap after I’ve finished writing this! Love the simple act of looking up and appreciating the sky too 🙂

    • rachelsdiary
      September 7, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      Hope you enjoyed your nap and you felt refreshed afterwards 🙂

  3. September 17, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    #thesatsesh yes yes yes!!! i make minutes for myself everyday, usually by waking early or staying up a little later…i swear by self care daily, you are so very right about it not needing to be hours – a quick paint of the nails, a massage of the feet…a few scattered minutes gives me hours of patience as a parent. Fill the cup to the brim I say. Wonderful post hun, so please you joined us, hope you can grab a badge as i loved reading this.

    • LifeasMrsB
      September 18, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Yep a few minutes here and there daily can make such a difference! Whoops yes I will grab your badge now 🙂

  4. September 21, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Super, duper tips here – I love to look up and cloud watch – it puts lots into perspective. xx Thanks for linking up to #thesatsesh xx

    • LifeasMrsB
      September 22, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Yes it does, it gives me time to clear my mind not think about anything. The beauty of the sky i often feel is forgotten about.

  5. September 22, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Catching a shower, alone, while the water is still warm! That is heaven. #thesatsesh xo

    • LifeasMrsB
      September 22, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Oh yes! I made LB leave the shower on when she got out so I could get in quick on my own with hot water. Lush!

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