How to Incorporate Self Care into a Busy Lifestyle
This article written by Thomas Cleaning introduces simple yet effective ways you can practice self care without compromising your busy schedule.
Whether you’re faced with endless demands at work or the heavy responsibility of a family, factoring in time for yourself on a daily basis may seem impossible. However, self care is crucial for both the mind and body so making a little extra time each day to implement it into your hectic routine will benefit you hugely.
Technology and social media are definitely taking over and the average Brit checks their phone a shocking 28 times per day. It’s not difficult to see the negative impact being glued to our computer and phones screens can have on our physical and mental health.
Not only does it affect our eyesight but it can also have a knock on effect on our sleeping pattern and self esteem. Try putting your phone on the other side of the room before you go to bed so you’re not tempted to scroll yourself to sleep, and in the morning wake up 20 minutes earlier to enjoy a coffee without using your phone. This will help you start your day off feeling refreshed.
Splurge a little
Self care doesn’t have to be expensive or in the form of a spa day to have a positive impact, it is definitely all about the smaller things! Spend a couple of pounds on your favourite coffee before your morning commute, or treat yourself to a bunch of flowers on your way home, these inexpensive items can seriously uplift your mood without costing a fortune.
Think about yourself
Focus on how you really enjoy spending your time. If you had a day to yourself, or even an hour – what would you be doing? If it’s reading, or watching your favourite show on Netflix, dedicate your lunch break in work to head to the local library and spend time alone with a book or just generally unwinding. Although spending time around others and socialising is also great, if your lunch break is your only time to yourself then make the most of it and do what makes you happy, even if it’s just a couple of times a week it’s good to be selfish sometimes.
Make a to-do list
To-do lists are definitely underrated, they can make you feel accomplished and give you a great sense of relief once completed. Make your to-do lists more personal, and focus on the smallest of details or accomplishments.
If you struggle to squeeze in breakfast for example, make it top of your to-do list to find time to sit and enjoy a healthy meal. If you don’t drink enough water, set yourself a personal goal even if it’s increasing your intake gradually by a glass per day – put it on the list! Before you know it, you’ll be improving your mental and physical wellbeing bit by bit and feeling satisfied by ticking them off your list as you go.
Banish bad thoughts
It’s completely normal to have days or weeks even where you’re just not feeling that positive or your usual self. If you struggle to express yourself vocally, then writing down your thoughts and feelings is a good alternative.
Make time at the end of each day to write down any negative thoughts or feelings you may currently be facing. Then burn the piece of paper, or put it in the bin. Before you go to bed writing down three things you are grateful for is also a useful exercise. You can then wake up the following morning and read the note to start your day off feeling positive and appreciative.
Thomas Cleaning are a domestic and commercial cleaning company with over 26 years of experience, based in Chipping Norton. They offer a range of different cleaning services catering to both personal and professional needs.