Something that has come to my attention recently is how everything online seems to be somewhat false. On top of this, the last year or so has been really hard on all of us in terms of our mental health and well-being. It has highlighted just how important it is to look after ourselves, as many of us have felt at our lowest. This week, I am going to share with you some of my favourite self care tips that lift me up when I am feeling a little low.
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to look after someone else when you aren’t feeling 100%? It’s the same when it comes to sustainability. We need to make sure we are sustaining ourselves first and foremost. Once we have done this, we will be able to help look after the world we live in.
I think there is a bit of a misconception when it comes to self-care that you need copious amounts of products or go on a haul at your local Boots. This just isn’t the case. There are so many low waste and even DIY options you can try to look after yourself.
Get Up and Get Dressed
First and foremost, one of the best things you can do on a day when you are feeling a little low is get dressed. I appreciate this is easier said than done but once you have done this, you have achieved the first task of the day. Our brains have a strange way of linking our mood to how we’re dressed, I don’t get it either but its true! And honestly, we all know that feeling when we are wearing one of our favourite outfits and have that added bit of confidence. We all deserve to feel that way every day.
Once you are up and dressed, making the bed, doing the dishes and cracking on with a day in your makeshift home office is suddenly a lot easier. I appreciate the following quote is a law of physics but I think we can actually apply it to ourselves too! (Come on I have a Maths degree did you really not expect me to be that much of a dweeb!?)
A body in motion tends to stay in motion.Isaac Newton
Getting dressed is just the starting point and will motivate you for the rest of the day, ultimately lifting your mood. And a bonus… it’s zero-waste!!
Self Care Bath-time
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good bath. I personally think that a bath is one of the biggest destressers there are and is great for self care. They have actually been proven to naturally reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as having numerous physical health benefits too.
For me there are several things I like to do when I have a bath. I like to make sure I have a bath bomb, bubbles and a facemask. All of which I will more often than not have received as gifts (thank you Mum!). Some of the most famous zero-waste ones are from Lush and they are…well quite frankly lush (I am so sorry, I couldn’t resist!). That being said though, they are a bit on the pricey side so aren’t always the best option for those of us on a tight budget.
There are too many companies to mention which do incredible bathtime products, all you have to do is google zero-waste bath bombs and tonnes will come up. Some of my favourites though are from My Little Eco Shop (don’t forget to use the discount code LITTLEBYLOTTIE21 for 15% off) and also Etsy is a great place to look.
Another option, if you’re really strapped for cash or are just feeling creative is to DIY some bath products. There are tonnes of very simple recipes out there made from things you are likely to already have in your house. I will be sharing some of these tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled.
Once I have had a bath, I always like to use a good moisturiser. Again, there are your obvious ones from Lush but you can also DIY these too! Again, I will share a full recipe tomorrow however it really can be as simple as coconut oil and some essential oils.
For some more zero-waste bathroom tips check out this previous post:
Exercise for Self Care
Another really simple self-care tip is to take the time to exercise. As much as I would love to be an athlete, I am definitely not and I am sure many of you aren’t either. However, there is always something we can do. One of the most amazing feelings is being outside and allowing ourselves to slow down and be around nature. If you can, make sure you go on a walk or a run everyday. It doesn’t need to be far and you don’t need to be fast but it will reduce stress and increase your self-esteem.
If you don’t fancy going alone, why not find a friend to go with you. We have all realised the importance of staying connected with loved ones, so why not go on a walk with a friend for half an hour before you head to the pub this week.
Another great option is doing a bit of yoga. The reason this is so great is because it really doesn’t need any equipment. When I lived in Cornwall, I used to love doing yoga classes in the garden – the initial worry that your neighbours or housemates will see you wears off, don’t worry. Now I live in a flat so no garden for me, but that doesn’t mean yoga has stopped. I was super fortunate to be approached by Earth Souls Yoga to try out their online classes which are all given outside. If I can’t be out at least I can see someone else in a really picturesque location! Their classes are great for all levels so if you would like to get a one month free trial instead of the usual two weeks make sure to use the code LLYOGA.
How many times have you thought to yourself “I wish I read more”… well what’s stopping you? Reading is a great way to reduce stress and take time to be with yourself. I love the way that no matter what is going on in my life, I am able to escape into another world in a book that I am reading. Reading can be an expensive habit if you buy brand new books but there are lots of options to make it cheaper.
One of my favourite ways to get cheap books is by going to second hand book stores and charity shops. If you haven’t done this before what’s stopping you? Quite often you’ll be able to get books from as little as £1 and have a wide range of books to choose from. The great thing about this is there will always be something different in so you’ll never be stuck for choice.
I read a lot but I have to say I very rarely buy books. The best way to have a zero-waste reading routine is to join the library. Many of us haven’t stepped foot in our local libraries since we were children but they’re an amazing resource we really should be using. Did you know that you can actually borrow e-books and audiobooks from the library too? I am very into listening to audiobooks while I go about my day, however, they’re really expensive to buy. For the last three years now, I have been using an app called Borrowbox where I can download books and audiobooks directly onto my various devices and just return them when I’m done. All you need is your library card number and if you don’t have one make sure to sign up at your local library for free.
Just Let Ourselves Be
One thing I would like to finish on is that sometimes the best way we can care for ourselves is to accept we need to rest. Whether that be vegging while watching Gilmore Girls or having an extra hour in bed. Sometimes we just need to do what we need to do. Obviously I am not saying don’t go to work if we need an extra hour in bed but, we need to allow ourselves time to recharge. Our bodies have a really good way of letting us know when we need to slow down – it’s called feeling tired and many of us need to learn to listen. We can’t be superhumans all the time and while doing the dishes every day and having a spotless, well organised life is great, sometimes it’s fine and healthy to let these things slip.
I hope you don’t mind that today’s post might be a little different than what you are used to and these things aren’t mind blowing or groundbreaking tips but we all need reminding sometimes. Make sure to check in every day this week for another post relating to looking after ourselves and the planet. Also make sure you’re following me on social media so you are the first to hear when new posts are out. Speak tomorrow.