Updated: May 28, 2020
After some months of global self-isolation, you’d think everyone would be used to it by now, right? Yet there’s still an itch to break out, take in the first, fresh breath of freedom (and get a whiff of your favourite meal at the restaurant that’s still closed - sorry if this touched you). Being isolated for so long can be frustrating, let’s admit it. With the hope of some lockdown measures being lifted in the hazy horizon, staying optimistic is key - especially when everyday feels like a Sunday.
I want to personally share with you practical changes you can make as part of your luxury ‘Self-Care’ routine that doesn’t include the obvious (i.e. home workouts, so you can put away your weights for now). These tips cover the 6 types of Self-Care and examples of ways you can apply this to your life after reading this post.
1. PHYSICAL Self-Care
On a normal day, we all get up and go without thinking about how much strain we put our bodies through (especially our feet!). A lot of us rely on a daily dose of caffeine to keep us going. Feeling targeted? This is for you. I won’t advise you to roll out of bed in the morning straight into a workout because let’s face it, for some of us this is hard to adapt to and easy to fall out of. Physical self-care does not mean a vigorous exercise routine. It should be small changes you welcome and enjoy. Try these:
Eating more fruit, vegetables and vitamins daily
At home spa treatments including indulgent foot scrubs/soaks
Investing in organic skincare products for your skin type/concern
For methods that gets the blood flowing, I suggest:
Yoga at home (FREE online yoga classes with ChriskaYoga or Yoga with Adriene)
Skipping workout (POPSUGAR or Jump Rope Dudes)
2. EMOTIONAL Self-Care
All this really means is becoming more in tune with your emotions. Now this doesn’t mean a large glass of red wine, microwave popcorn and a good cry whilst watching your favourite romance film. It’s all about checking in with yourself and becoming more mindful of your triggers and thinking patterns then finding ways to work through them. This is also a good first step to healing after heartbreak. If you’re not quite sure how to start, here are some ideas:
Have a period of reflection, think about setting some goals for how you control your emotions in different situations
Try listening to some relaxing, instrumental music to help you unwind or using a mindfulness and meditation app (i.e. Calm or Headspace app)
Releasing your emotions into art forms such as writing, painting, cooking, or even simply singing the lyrics of a relevant song - it could help a whole lot when you want to release emotions but don’t quite know how.
3. SPIRITUAL Self-Care
This is the self-care that if practiced, can be nourishing for the soul. Although it has an obvious nod towards religion (which works well for some people, including myself), spiritual self-care can take many different forms. Anybody who ultimately strives for inner peace or to find a purpose in their life usually needs a good dose of spiritual self-care in order to achieve this. This can be a tough and ‘road less walked’ journey but is also the most fulfilling. It’s hard to suggest how to begin this journey since to each is their own but here are some ideas:
Meditation (i.e. Headspace app)
Spending time in nature
Read an uplifting book (i.e. Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King or The Little Book of Self-Care by Joanna Gray)
Practice forgiveness, confidence and caring less about others opinions of you
4. INTELLECTUAL Self-Care
I know this may sound like a bore but bear with me! Nourishing your mind and expanding on your knowledge is always welcomed when it’s easy. But as we grow and learn it is also important to welcome new challenges and build on the knowledge and skills you already have to become more well-rounded during the personal growth journey. Because let’s be real, it’s better to know a little about a lot than a lot about a little. Some ideas you can take on include:
Reading thought-provoking books (i.e. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
Download Peak - Daily Brain Training app
Cutting down on TV/screen time
5. SOCIAL Self-Care
This type of self-care involves doing things that help to deepen and nurture the relationships with the people in your life. It also looks different depending on whether you’re more of an introvert or extrovert and what your comfort levels are. Now, I’ve had to adapt this to our lockdown scenario since brunch and date night is kinda out of the question (at least for a while). Regardless of that, we all desire some type of connection. Options are limited but there are other ways you can stay social and avoid the bug of loneliness and manage your social life:
Regular ZOOM or FaceTime dates with extended family and friends
Unfollowing social accounts that no longer interest inspire or motivate you
Deleting old or irrelevant numbers off your phone.
6. SENSORY Self-Care
Tapping in to all your senses is an effective way to reduce your stress levels. I know it seems pretty basic but this is where you can be your most creative! If you are new to this type of self-care, you can create what is called ‘senseful moments’ where you begin with just one sense. As you practice growth, you’ll be able to engage in activities that use 2 or more senses at once to help reconnect and feel exhilarated. I recommend you to read ‘102 ideas for ‘Treat Your Sense a Day’ on Brazen Living for more details on how to effectively implement sensory self-care but I have listed some examples from the article below:
Sight - transition of the day, eye exercises, paintings, watch a silent movie, old pictures
Sound - music, motivational podcasts, instruments, sea waves, sound of rain, silence
Smell - food aroma, scented candles, aromatherapy, mentholated steam, flowers
Touch - hugging, massage, silk clothing and bedding, foot soak, facial treatment
Taste - food of 5 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami), luxurious ingredients
Congrats for making it to the end! I hope you find these tips valuable, easy to implement and that they increase the quality of your life. Feel free to share this with whomever you feel could benefit from it too. I’d love to hear about your Self-Care journey’s and experiences so don’t be shy, connect with me on socials below. Just mention the AM:PM Luxury Journal to strike up a conversation via Instagram DM or drop a comment down below and I’ll get back to you.
Take care of yourself.
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