There’s always a lot of talk about self-care and rightly so. It’s a lovely concept – looking after ourselves properly should always be a priority. But have you ever scrolled through the #selfcare feed on Instagram? It looks like people are just using the hashtag as an excuse to post artfully staged selfies of expensive skincare products or green juices. Which is fine, if you think that stuff will make you feel better.
But what if you’re stressed out? What if you don’t like green juices or don’t have a cabinet of skincare products to come home to? Luckily, there are lots of small, everyday self-care tips you can do to refresh yourself this spring.
9 Self-Care Tips To Refresh Yourself This Spring
1. Talk to someone.
It sounds obvious, but when you’re feeling down, even the thought of reaching out to a close friend feels daunting. It’s the last thing you want to do. But give your loved ones a chance to help.
Next time someone asks “how are you?” don’t just say fine. Be honest. They’re asking you for a reason. Plus, they might give you something back and realizing you’re not the only one can put things into perspective for you.
2. Get moving.
Preferably in the fresh air. Sometimes you might just want to crawl into bed with Netflix but fight the urge. Get outside, go for a walk, get some fresh air in your lungs, get your blood pumping and remind yourself what your body can do. It’ll make you feel better…and Netflix will be waiting for you when you get back.
3. Do something creative.
Is baking your thing? Do you love painting? Whatever it is, from knitting, bread-making, or writing, we all have a little creativity inside us. Tapping into it can be really rewarding.
It doesn’t matter how talented you are. Focus on the act of creating something. This will give your mind a rest from all the anxious thoughts swirling round in your head.
4. Write a happy list.
Remember that amazing day trip you went on? What about that hilarious night out with your friends? Make a list of all the good things in your life, from the people who make you laugh to what you’ve achieved and the positive experiences you have.
Make it colorful, add some pictures and flick through it whenever you need cheering up.
5. Stay away from booze.
You might be tempted to have a glass of wine (or three) after a tough day, but it’s a short-term fix.
After the initial buzz, you get from the first few sips, the alcohol starts to disrupt the balance of chemicals in your brain. This lowers your levels of serotonin so you wake up the next day feeling even more anxious. And the cycle continues.
But you can pass over the chocolate…
6. Eat yourself happier.
High-quality dark chocolate has been scientifically proven to improve your mood by boosting the production of endorphins. Plus, foods rich in omega-3s (salmon, tuna, walnuts) give you a hint of serotonin and dopamine. Basically, all the happy brain chemicals.
Making yourself a healthy meal is such an important act of self-care. Yes, it might be easier to stick a pizza in the oven, but you’ll feel so much better if you treat yourself to some proper food.
7. Wear red lipstick.
You might think it’s superficial. But when everything seems a bit rubbish, even bright-red lipstick can give you the appearance that you’re feeling confident.
You can also stick on your favorite outfit (one that makes you feel good about your body no matter what) and hold your head up high.
8. Step away from social media.
People share the best bits of their lives online – we all know that. But when you’re feeling down, that negative voice in your head can make you forget that face and make you believe everyone’s having a better time than you.
9. Read some good news.
When you scroll through the news, it’s really easy to believe the whole world is full of bad things and bad people. But there is lots of positivity out there if you need it. Head to Twitter and search for #goodnews – this is filled with evidence that kindness and hope are everywhere.
If you’re feeling too out of your depth and think you need professional help, these websites can point you in the right direction: http://anxietyuk.org.uk/, https://www.mind.org.uk/, https://www.samaritans.org/.
Spring is a wonderful season full of new life and growth. Use this time to reflect on your self-care habits and what you really need with these self-care tips. How are you taking better care of yourself this spring?