Seeing as the winter carries a lot of blues for some of us, you might just want to take some time right now (before the cold and dark properly settles in) to invest in your self-care moments. I’m talking about ways you can take extra care of your body as it can undergo more stress and tiredness this time of year; this is natural due to the reduced sunlight hours.
Make the Bathroom Pamper Central
We all need to bathe, seeing as cleaning yourself up and making sure your hair isn’t too greasy is one of the best ways to pull yourself out of a downward spiral. If you feel clean on the outside, you feel quite settled on the inside, so why not turn the bathroom into the pampering area?
After all, there’s a good chance you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there week by week, so turn it into a nice place that you actually want to be. Get some lovely scented candles to light up around the tub, and plenty of bath bombs or luxurious soap to lather up on your skin.
Whilst you’re at it, look into investing in something like hotel quality bathrobes, to make sure you can wrap up fluffy and warm after you get out of the bath. It’ll be a lovely way to end the evening!
Make Sleep Easier to Catch Up on
Sleep is the number one way to soothe the ups and downs of your moods, seeing as a healthy amount of sleep is what your brain needs as a baseline. If you can get enough sleep, night by night, you’ll feel a lot more energised and stable during the day!
Of course, it’s easier said than done. Being able to put yourself to bed at a regular time, and be able to fall asleep as soon as possible, can feel quite stressful. In truth, it might just lead to increased rates of insomnia in some cases. Instead, try to wind yourself down, and go to bed when you’re feeling naturally tired. Day by day, you’ll be able to get into bed a bit earlier and earlier, or fall asleep just a bit sooner than you did before. I know personally, that if I get myself into a good sleep routine then I stay up to 2am one evening, my whole pattern goes out of wack.
Knowing When To Say No
It is a skill a lot of us don’t possess, but if you learn how to say no when you need to, you’ll have a very important self-care skill in the bag. It’s important to be able to prioritise yourself and your needs, above things that’ll just drain you away, and it’s all about working on that guilt complex. For Example, if one of my pals really wants me to go swimming with them one evening but I’m starting to feel exhausted and deflated; I’ll notice the best thing for me that evening is to stay in and rest up.
Self-care is incredibly important in the modern-day and age. Make sure you’re learning how to care for yourself effectively, and that it’s perfectly OK to be a bit ‘selfish’ sometimes!
How’re you feeling so far this autumn/winter season?