When you’re trying to balance all the areas of your life, from work, to friendships, to relationships, to family, it’s easy to forget to look after yourself. It is so important to find time, whether that be an hour after work or one Sunday a month, to relax and have some ‘me-time’. It’s important to use this time to re-charge and check-in with yourself in order to keep your physical and mental health in check. Personally, I make sure that once a week I am doing something for myself, and once a month I allocate an entire day to recharging. There are so many simple things that you can do for a day of self-love, whether you’re on a budget or you just want to get out of the house, these are just a few things that we love to do on our days for self-love.
Have a Lazy Day
Have a lie in. Even if you can’t sleep in, just lay in bed for a little while longer than you would normally, and most importantly don’t feel guilty about it. Eat breakfast in bed, don’t get dressed, or if you really hate staying in your pyjamas all day, change into your most comfortable clothes. Binge watch your favourite tv show, or start a new series. If you’re not really into TV then put on your favourite films. Read a book. Just be lazy, take things at your own pace and don’t feel pressure to be productive.
Have a Spa Day
Pay to go, get a massage, a facial, a manicure, perhaps you just go to chill in a pool or have some peace and quiet. Alternatively there’s the budget version; do it at home. Run a bath, add a bath-bomb or some bubbles, put on a face mask, and relax. When you get out, take the time to moisturise your entire body, something you may not always have time for, put on some comfy clothes. Maybe you paint your own nails, or give your own feet or head a massage, this is completely up to you.
This is entirely dependent on your budget. It could be something as simple as buying yourself some flowers or a new DVD you want and some sweet treats. Or it could be a bit of online shopping, buying those shoes you want, that dress you’ve looked at repeatedly, that painting that you love but put yourself off buying. I am not saying max-out your cards, or spend money you don’t have, but simply, if this is an option for you, stay within your means and enjoy buying something for yourself. If you’re someone who sometimes feels guilty for spending money on yourself, this can be a good time to do so and allow yourself to feel guilt-free as you’ve deliberately set this day aside to buy yourself that item you want.
Do Something You Love
This can be anything that you may find difficult to truly spend time fully focused and enjoying it. Examples could be:
- Playing video-games
Go to an exercise class you’ve been dying to go to, whether that be something fun like Zumba, Kickboxing or maybe even Pole-Dancing, or just go for a run if that is something you enjoy doing. This may seem more like a chore to some people but this doesn’t mean you have to do anything hard-core, this could be something simple like going for a walk (alone, or with your dog, perhaps you’re sharing your self-love day with your partner). This has great physical benefits as well as being a great stress reliever.
Write down your thoughts, any worries you’re having, work through them and if it’s anything that you can fix, if not move on and when you’re done throw it away, burn it, forget about it. Recognise areas of your life that may be stressing you out and see if there is a resolution that can ease that stress. List some positives in your life currently, either mentally, verbally or write it down.
Not what I would typically say as a relaxing activity but this can be so refreshing when you throw away that large pile of clutter that you’ve been unsure how to deal with it. You automatically feel like a weight has been lifted and everything feels a little brighter, lighter and cleaner. (Warning: Try to limit to a small area otherwise you end up going throughout your house, stressing about everything that you want to clean and doing the opposite to your relaxing day).
Ultimately this is a day for self-love, this is a day about you, so what you do in this day has to be what you want to do. It might be one of these, it might be something else. Your day of self-love might be on your own or with someone else.It could be in the house or out having adventures, or on an activity. These are just some of the examples of what we have done on our days of self-love.