Be a bit kinder to yourself with these 18 self-care tips

Deadline stress, relationship troubles, a rainy day – there are countless reasons why you might not be feeling your best right now. You’re in luck though, we’re here to remind you of some handy tips to make yourself feel better.

1. Treat yourself

The obsession with ‘clean eating’ is bigger than ever, but sometimes you just need cheese on toast, or some chocolate. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of comfort food.

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Treat yourself to some good soul food!

2. Turn off technology

This is a biggie in our screen-obsessed society. We’re all constantly glued to a screen, and it is so much harder to switch off when smartphones are in our hands 24/7. Try to step away from the screen, even if you can only last twenty minutes before you’re back to scrolling through Instagram again.

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Stop depending on your phone to ease the boredom.

3. Have a bath or a shower

This seems obvious, but when you’re feeling a bit down, you don’t always keep on top of personal hygiene. Having a nice, hot bubble bath is so relaxing. Light some candles and stick on a face mask. You’ll feel calm in no time.

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Pamper yourself once in a while with a soothing bubble bath.

4. Eat more veg

Despite saying you should treat yourself to some chocolate a second ago, it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eating more fruit and veg will generally make you feel better in so many ways. Be good to your body. They don’t have to be dull dishes either, you can find loads of tasty recipes on blogs like Deliciously Ella’s.

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Vegetables can bring you happiness as much as it does to this puppy!

5. Spend time with loved ones

Our diaries can get so busy that we find it hard to even find time to squeeze in sleep, let alone spend time with those we love. But reconnecting with a friend over a bottle of wine, or staying at your parents for a night can do you so much good.

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A glass (..or a bottle) of wine with a good friend can always brighten up a dull day.

6. Dress up

Wear something that makes you feel confident, even if you feel anything but. It’ll soon make you feel like you can do anything.

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If you look good, you’ll feel even better.

7. Watch a film/read a book

Reading is a perfect way to wind down at the end of a hectic day, as is sticking your favourite film on Netflix.

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Grab a bag of popcorn and unwind to your favourite film.

8. Get crafty

Even if you’re lacking in artistic skills, it’s always fun to try out something new. There’s some fun ideas here you can try out. Getting crafty is such a good way to completely immerse yourself in something, and you get something out of it the end to be proud of.

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Explore your creative side by taking on an art project.

9. Spend time with nature

Getting outside into nature is good for the soul. This may seem tricky if you live in a busy city, but there’s always a park (or even your garden) that you can relax in for a while. Get outside, even if you feel like hiding under your duvet for an eternity.

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Let nature perform its calming powers.

10. Stroke a puppy

Pets have been proven to reduce stress and make you feel less lonely, as well as make you more likely to get outside and be active. The benefits are endless.

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They’re cute, fluffy and better listeners than humans.
What’s not to love?

11. Try out meditation

It isn’t for everyone, and the word alone can scare off some people. But meditation doesn’t have to be all orange robes and incense. Mindfulness apps like Headspace can help you to find some stability in your hectic life.

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Find a calm environment, relax and meditate.

12. Exercise

Whether this be a bit of gentle yoga, or a full on HIIT session. As long as you’re moving, the endorphins will be flowing.

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Release those feel good endorphins with a bit of exercise.

13. Laugh

Okay, so you’re feeling a bit rubbish, laughing is most likely the last thing you want to do. There’s this amazing thing called ‘laughter yoga’, where a group of people come together, and force laughter until it becomes contagious. It sounds ridiculous, but once you start you won’t be able to stop, and its proven to have psychological benefits.

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Surround yourself with people who wants to laugh with you.

14. Plan something fun

You might have no money and loads of work to do, leaving you feeling like there’s nothing to look forward to. At times like this, it’s important to look ahead – there’s always something exciting around the corner! Christmas is sooner than you think, so check out some events happening around you to get you into the festive spirit.

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There’s always something to look forward to, especially around the festive season.

15. Practice positive mantras

This doesn’t have to mean spiritual chanting, but simply thinking kind thoughts about yourself. Try looking in the mirror each morning and thinking two nice things about what you see. You’ll instantly feel a bit better about yourself, even if it’s a terrible hair day.

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Give yourself some self love.

16. Be kinder to other people

Similar to thinking kind thoughts about yourself, try to think positively towards other people. Yep, everybody. Even that girl you absolutely cannot stand being around for more than five minutes.

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Being kind to others extends to being kind to yourself.

17. Smile at a stranger

You never know how a smile can brighten up someone’s day. It’s certain to make you feel better too – even if you don’t feel like smiling, as soon as you stick a fake one on your face your mood is guaranteed to lift a bit.

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It feels good – try it!

18. Go on a date with yourself

Taking yourself out to the cinema, or dinner for one, can seem quite an intimidating idea. But it’s actually quite empowering, and you can get used to solitude, rather than constantly relying on others, which is a useful tool in life.

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Do the things you know you love to do – make yourself happy.

 

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