6 ways to practise self-care that don’t involve a face mask!

6 ways to practise self-care that don’t involve a face mask

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Self-care has become big business in recent years, with almost every company selling products designed to de-stress or pamper yourself. While all these things are great, self-care can be a lot more basic and simple than buying expensive cosmetics.

When you’re having a down day, pampering yourself can be the last thing on your mind.

Even getting out of bed can be a massive achievement, so how can you practise self-care?

Have a shower

Or if this feels like too much, start by washing your face. Taking this first step towards looking after yourself makes all the following steps come easier. Of course, if you feel like it you could add a face mask in here! Or an indulgent body butter, or new nail varnish or whatever else makes you feel good.

But the important thing is just taking that first step towards looking after yourself.

Remember to eat

You might not feel like it, I know that I never do, but just have something quick and easy. Trust me – it will help! Even a piece of toast or fruit, a bowl of cereal or something similar.

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Drink some water

Most if us don’t drink enough water and being dehydrated can play havoc with your physical and mental health.

Just sip a glass of water, or make a cup of tea (or coffee if that’s your choice!) and take the time to sit and drink it from start to finish, regardless of how many things you have buzzing around inside your head demanding your attention.

Taking just a few moments to focus on the present, rather than your problems helps you develop resilience.

Take your medication

This is an important one, especially when the world feels overwhelming. If you have medicine that you need to take to feel better, even if it’s just a vitamin tablet, do it.

It can be really easy to forget simple things like this when you’re feeling stuck in a rut.

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Get outside

If that’s too much or you don’t have a garden, open a window and get some air. Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of nature on human psychology and getting a bit of air, some sunshine on your face or the smell of the earth after rain…it can all help you feel connected to the rest of the world and calm you down when things feel like they’re getting on top of you.

Unfortunately, I’m not close to the sea anymore but after having grown up next to the ocean, nothing can calm me as quickly as simply listening to the crash of the waves and watching the flow of the tides.

Finally, give yourself permission to take time for yourself

Self-care is not selfish, but essential.

We are living in an age where it seems like we have to be busy all of the time and everyone else is out there living their ‘best life’ while you’re stuck in a rut at home.

Take the time to recharge your batteries and forgive yourself for not being ‘on’ all of the time. You deserve the time to relax.

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What do you do when you’re having a ‘down day’?

What tips would you give others about looking after yourself?

Do you always take enough time to look after yourself?

What is your favourite way to relax?

Let me know in the comments!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hâf says:

    As someone’s who’s allergic to face masks.. I love this post!

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    1. Thank you! I have really annoying sensitive, dry skin so have to be careful with bath bombs – for face masks I just use the ones that have one or two ingredients to avoid adverse reactions! This post stemmed from a discussion I had with a friend about how self-care doesn’t have to be something unusual, it should just be part of our routine!


  2. These are all brilliant. These are the things that I so easily neglect to do and they have such a large impact on my wellbeing


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