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5 Little Ways You Can Practice Self Care Every Day

13/03/2018

Okay so I know I go on about self care quite a bit on my blog, but I honestly think that it’s one of the most important things you can do for your mental health. The problem is many people seem to think that it needs to be some huge fancy affair when in fact, you can practice self care in the little things you do every single day.

At the end of the day, self care is anything that makes you feel good. It can be something as simple as doing your morning skincare routine to wearing your favourite outfit. I’ve seen a lot of people saying recently that they don’t know where to start, or that they don’t have the time to do any self care because they’re too busy.

Well this list is for you!

Make your bed every day

Make your bed

I used to hate making my bad as a kid, I never saw the point in it; now its the first thing I do when I get up in a morning. Not only does it make my room look tidier, it also helps me start my day off feeling productive and energised. It might sound weird but it works for me and as we say in the North; don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

Have A Shower

If I could live in my shower I honestly think I would. I’ve always been a water baby (I could easily spend 3+ hours playing in the bath as a kid) and for me theres nothing like a shower to make me feel better. Woken up feeling crap? Get a shower. Had a bad day at uni/work/life in general? Get a shower!

I’ll also use the scents of different soaps to help improve my mood. If I want to make myself feel energised and motivated I’ll use orange scented products like Soap and Glory Orangegasm. But if I’ve had a bad day and want to relax and unwind then I tend to reach for something with lavender in it, normally my Yardley English Lavender Soap.

Experiment with different scents to see what works best for you and then use them as and when you need them.

Soap and Glory Orangegasm

Turn your phone off

As a blogger, I’ve noticed that I’m never really “off”. Theres always some new comment/like/tweet to distract me from whatever I’m doing, and it can really get draining after a while. So I’ve decided that whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I’m going to put my phone and iPad onto do not disturb mode and do something completely unrelated to my blog or uni work. I’ve also stated to do this when I’m out with friends or Chris; its a great way to live in the moment more and saves me worrying if I’m being rude by replying to messages or blog comments.

It was really weird the first few times I did it (it turns out I’m a lot more addicted to my twitter feed than I realised!) but now I’ve come to look forward to it. Having a time where where I don’t have to stop whatever I’m doing to reply to notifications is a great way to detox, relax and concentrate on myself.

The only problem with this is when you forget to turn DND mode off and you don’t get the message from your boyfriend telling you he’s outside waiting for you to unlock the door and let him in…oops!

How To Be Human By Ruby Wax and iPhone 6s

Go to bed early

I mean I do this almost ever night anyway; I love to sleep and won’t stay up past about 11pm unless something important is happening. But I know lots of people force themselves to stay awake when they don’t really want to, just so that they don’t appear like a “grandma”.

Personally if getting enough sleep so I’m not a grumpy bitch in the morning makes me a “grandma”, then I’m all for it!

At the end of the day, if your body needs sleep- give it sleep! You will end up feeling so much better for it and it can actually help with things such as depression and anxiety.

Tidy Desk Inspiration

Tidy up your space

Okay so I know this is the last thing most of us want to do (myself included) but tidying up your space can have such a positive effect on your mood and motivation. I’ve noticed that since I started to tidy up on a regular basis, I’ve been a lot more motivated to get work done; both on my blog and at uni.

That being said, I’m guilty of letting my room get into a horrendous state when I’m busy- especially if its close to a deadline. However I’ve started to make myself tidy my desk up at the end of every day and I’ve resolved to start putting my clothes away the second I get them out of the wash.

Considering there’s a big pile of clothes currently staring at me from the bottom of my bed, I’d say I’m not doing too well on that one though…

What is your favourite way to practice self care on a daily basis?

This post was originally written as a guest post for the wonderful Eleanor and her Mental Health Awareness March campaign! 

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84 responses to “5 Little Ways You Can Practice Self Care Every Day”

  1. Angela says:

    Self care is so important! I might try a few of these little ways. I’ve been neglecting it lately & I shouldn’t do that.. These are some great ways which can easily be intertwined with my daily routine <3

  2. Jade Marie says:

    Yeah they’re really easy to fit into an a carafe day so hopefully you can! ☺️ I end up neglecting mine too sometimes and it’s the worst thing I could do 😔

  3. I LOVE this post!! I always try and go to bed early, especially after having a shitty day!
    Charlotte-Nichole
    x

  4. Jade Marie says:

    Sleep is such a great healer! 🙌🏼 I glad you enjoyed it hun 😊 x

  5. Megha says:

    I agree with all of your points for self care. Making bed in the morning is something I do every day. And I try to do either yoga or meditation or both in the mornings as it helps me prepare and be in right mood for the coming day. 🙂

  6. Jade Marie says:

    I’ve started doing yoga and meditation in a morning too! It really helps clear your mind and help you relax ☺️

  7. I love these tips! Taking a shower is definitely one of my favorite ways to practice self care. It’s so relaxing haha

  8. I love these tips! I am not a ‘tidy’ person but I do notice if I have a busy schedule or I’m feeling a bit stressed, even a tidy desk or bed can make a difference! I also love going to bed early and snuggling down in my duvet, to be honest, even if I don’t have to get up early the next day!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  9. Jade Marie says:

    Haha glad I’m not the only one!

  10. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who lives my bed! 🙊 whenever I’m not feeling 100% I end up just going to bed haha x

  11. I like those tips. Taking showers definitely helps me to unwind. As well as listening to calming music, writing and meditation.

  12. I like to do a few moments of quiet stretching before I get going in the morning, and then I fit in a few quick stretches throughout the day. I’m finding it makes a huge difference for my peace of mind!

  13. Jade Marie says:

    That sounds like a great idea! I’m guilty of just sitting at my desk for hours and not moving so trying to do some stretches would be really useful I think 🙂

  14. Emma Bell says:

    Great blog Jade Marie, thanks so much for sharing!

  15. ivana11sk says:

    love it! I really need to take time away from phone more often… I also enjoy including exercise and meditation in my self care routine 🙂

  16. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Emma, I’m glad you like it 😊

  17. Jade Marie says:

    I can’t believe I forgot to include those! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I love combining yoga and meditation in a morning when I have time, it’s so relaxing ☺️

  18. Fran says:

    It’s the little things that make you feel a million times better. I need to put these tips into practice everyday!

  19. andthenzen says:

    I always tidy whenever I’m having a rough day – I love the fact that no matter how bad my day has been, I can visibly see that I’ve accomplished something which I love.. 🙊 Great post! 🖤

  20. Bexa says:

    These are excellent tips Jade! Self-care is so important. I agree, even the little things like making your bed can have a big impact on the day. I’ve also started having breaks from my phone when I start to feel overwhelmed. It works well and I come back to Twitter feeling refreshed. Fab post as always! 💕 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  21. I always make my bed in the morning and it really does affect my day for the better! And since watching that NAVY seal do his speech about making the bed I feel like it’s an even bigger accomplishment!

  22. Becca says:

    You are so right, making my bed makes me feel so much better and more productive! I’m not sure why or how, but it certainly works!!

  23. Tidying your room and making your bed are so surprisingly helpful in improving your headspace! It really does improve the way I’m feeling and showers and baths are always huge therapeutic things for me too. I love using all different sorts of products and have found a love for lavender and rose recently as they’re so calming!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  24. Jade Marie says:

    It’s great if you can get into a habit of doing them, then it doesn’t feel forced or like you “have” to do them 😊

  25. Jade Marie says:

    That’s a great way of thinking about it! 🙊 and thank you lovely 🖤

  26. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Bexa! 💕 we have to get out of the mind set that everything we do has to be big- its really not healthy!xx

  27. Jade Marie says:

    Start as you mean to go on 😊 I’m not sure which seal you’re meaning but I know they always make their beds in the military lol

  28. Jade Marie says:

    I’m not sure why either but as long as it works I won’t question it haha!

  29. Jade Marie says:

    Its amazing how the little things can really help your mood and mindset! I used to love rose bubble bath as a kid but I’ve not used it in years…thank I might have to pick up a bottle!xx

  30. glowsteady says:

    I love that these are all really simple methods. I like to clear my desk/ dressing table/ handbag. It’s amazing how much different a clear area can have on your brain x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  31. Such good ideas! I know that doing all of these things will really change the trajectory of my day, especially turning my phone off! How often do we just sit in silence? SO good.

  32. Soffy S says:

    So simple and can be integrated into our lives as a daily routine. I’m quite lazy when it comes to making the bed in the morning, some days I do some I don’t but should do this because have realised the days I do make the bed in the morning I always end up feeling good about myself ❤️

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  33. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you 🙂 I wanted to show that self care really doesn’t need to be anything fancy! And it really is x

  34. Jade Marie says:

    I’m quite strange in that I love working in silence, but I know lots of people who can’t stand it and have to have some background noise lol

  35. Jade Marie says:

    I hope you can get into a habit of doing it daily then hun, especially if it helps you so much! 💛

  36. Shelley says:

    These are great tips. I do all of the above and then I take time to read my devotionals.

  37. Rachael says:

    Really great post .It’s surprising how making your bed in the morning can make you feel so much better 😁

  38. Great post Jade!! I’m a water baby too and completely agree that a shower can make you feel so much better and I’m all about early nights too I’m usually in bed by 10pm at the latest. I definitely need to work on turning my phone off and moving it away from me.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

  39. Jade Marie says:

    Awesome! 😊

  40. Jade Marie says:

    It really is! 😊 wish I’d listened to my parents and started doing it a long time ago 🙊

  41. EmmaMc says:

    I make my bed in the morning too, makes it so much nicer to get into at the end of the day. I’m listening to a lot of music at the moment. It used to be such a huge part of my life when I worked promoting new bands. Fast forward 10 years and gigs have been replaced with watching TV with hubby and my playlist is dominated by nursery rhymes and Disney songs. So I’ve gone right back to new music and feeling more myself again. #brilliantblogposts

  42. Jade Marie says:

    Thanks Emma! 😊 glad to know a fellow water baby and early nighter! 🙌🏼 I’ve heard so many people say to not sleep with it next to your bed but I’ve not got to that stage quite yet 🙈😂 x

  43. Em says:

    Great post! Self care is something I probably don’t do enough and something I’m trying to implement more into my rutine. I always push myself to stay up until around midnight even if I’m tired. I don’t know why I do it!

    Em ~ thisisemsworld.com

  44. Jade Marie says:

    I’m exactly the same! I was a dancer for years and always had some music going but these days I hardly ever play any, except when I’m travelling! I have a whole playlist on Spotify just filled with Disney songs and musicals though 🙈 and thank you so much 😊 x

  45. Jade Marie says:

    I think it’s a cultural thing- we’re expected to stay awake for some reason? Screw that’s I’d rather be asleep! 😂 I how you can start fitting more self care into your day though, it’s so beneficial!

  46. mamaofkings13 says:

    First of all, just want to say that I LOVE your blog layout! It is GORGEOUS! Second, I have recently come to find out just how necessary self-care is. My day is not complete without a cup of coffee to start my day, and some reading time to end it! I implemented most of the things you listed here a few months ago and noticed drastic changes in my depression and anxiety. Awesome post!

  47. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! Also I’m glad that it’s helped with your depression and anxiety! 😁 self care is something I wish I’d known about a long time ago, it would have made a huge difference!

  48. aimeehodge says:

    I love this! Self care is sooooo important & undervalued!! xx

  49. Alana says:

    Thanks for this. Self-care is a love of mine and everyone should probably practice more of it.

  50. Manon says:

    Such small en simple things that make a huge difference. I love making my bed in the morning.
    The thing I try to do on a daily base is to write for half an hour in my journal. It clears my mind.

  51. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! 🙂 it really is unfortunately!xx

  52. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome 🙂 a lot of people still don’t really know about it unfortunately 🙁

  53. Jade Marie says:

    I’ve been thinking of starting a journal or bullet journal for a while but never got round to it! I’ll have to look into it more and see if it’s something I can fit into my routine 😊

  54. I also love good smelling body creams to make me feel good and I actually want to get into meditation ✨ I agree taking a shower and making your bed is a great start to a day

  55. Tiffany says:

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  56. Nora says:

    I love this, I think it’s so important to make our bed in the morning, it already makes you feel accomplished!

  57. Jade Marie says:

    It really does! ☺️

  58. astrobeks says:

    I really love this post! I agree with all of the points, they’re all things I do to improve my mood as well when I’m having a bad day. Also, putting on a clothes wash helps me, too. Not only do I get through my massive pile of washing, but my room smells so clean when I hang them up!

  59. Jade Marie says:

    I’ve just started to enjoy doing that myself ☺️ It makes me feel so productive and like you say, it smells lovely! 🙌🏼

  60. twomoonschild says:

    I’m so glad you are continually discussing self-care! I feel as though so many individuals (women and men) bypass self-care and it’s so stinking important!! Love everything about this post. Cute photos as well! 🙂

  61. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! ☺️ self care is soooo important and you’re right, so many people don’t do enough of it

  62. Great article. Practicing self care is a great idea.

  63. Jade Marie says:

    Thanks! ☺️

  64. I love ging to bed early and hot bubble baths.

  65. Annie says:

    This list is so great! Love being away from my phone every so often

  66. Wellnessista says:

    Love these tips! So simple, yet they can do you so much good!

  67. Gallantly, gal says:

    Self-care is great. I try to meditate and stretch everyday 🙂

    https://gallantlygal.com

  68. lws1996 says:

    This post is really great! I feel like I can really relate to all of these, especially the shower thing. For some reason taking a bath helps me relax.

  69. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you ☺️ glad you found the post useful!

  70. Jade Marie says:

    I’ve started incorporating stretching into my self care, I’ve been doing it straight away in a morning when I wake up and it’s been really helping 🙌🏼

  71. Jade Marie says:

    We don’t have a bath anymore (my mum has epilepsy) but when we did, I’d spend hours just laid in the bath reading 🙌🏼

  72. Gallantly, gal says:

    Yessss 😀 I love it! It’s really relaxing. I used to hate stretching because I’m super rigid and, although I have high pain tolerance, I hate the sort of pain that comes with stretching. Now, though, I find it calming and re-centering.

  73. Victoria (@paralegalclub) says:

    YES! Love this. I used to believe that self-care had to be something extravagant and time consuming to be ‘worthwhile’. That is 100% not the case. I, like you, like to make my bed in the morning AND get up early. I’ve found that I’m much more productive in the morning, so I use the time to read, reply to emails, have a hot coffee or workout. I found a setting in my phone that allows me to routinely set it to DND from 10pm-7am. That way I don’t forget about it and I can have a bit of a social media break!

    Great blog post. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    xo, Victoria

  74. Maud says:

    Love it! I’m all for self care! I really enjoyed these tips. I should really turn my phone of more. Deep down, I know I should, but it’s so hard haha… Also, your pictures are stunning!

  75. stilljillblog says:

    Yes! Great list! These “small” things make a massive difference to overall health and wellbeing if maintained. Thank you, Jill (stilljill.com) x

  76. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! They really do, little things build up into big things 🙂 x

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  78. Krati says:

    What a lovely read! I find all of these tips helpful especially cleaning up your personal space. Also, feeding our positive content really helps.

  79. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you find them so helpful 🙂 I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning up, but it really does make me feel better when my space is clean and organised!

  80. Oh, yes to all of this! I find an early night the most beneficial, and it tends to go hand in hand with putting my phone down. I’m terrible for mindlessly scrolling.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

  81. Lindsey says:

    Oh I agree with so many of these! I love making my bed up with my cushions and blankets etc – it always makes me feel better. I definitely need to get into a better habit of completely disconnecting from my phone and turning everything off though, might have to try that one. And I’m definitely the type that needs a clean and tidy space around her to make her feel better. Great post!

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