Simple Ways To Take Care Of Yourself {When You Really Don’t Want To}

Simple Ways To Take Care Of Yourself {When You Really Don’t Want To}

As much as I hate to admit it, I really struggle to take care of myself a lot of the time. 

Whether it’s due to a three day migraine, or two weeks of PCOS related pain, it can get really hard to look after myself in a way that allows me to properly function.

I know I’m not alone in that either – especially when it comes to those of us who experience anxiety and other mental health issues.

Self-care can be a total chore – there’s no denying it – but there are a few simple things you can do to ensure you’re taking care of yourself in a sufficient manner. Doing something is better than doing nothing, after all. 

Here are the simple ways I take care of myself when I really don’t want to.

 

Take five

Possibly the simplest tip I have, but also very easily overlooked. Try taking just five minutes to step away from whatever you’re doing, switch everything off {including your phone!} and just breathe.

I’m not talking about the usual shallow, hurried breaths, either. For this to work, you’ll need to breathe slow and deep – notice how your body feels as your chest expands – and then exhale just as slow and deep. Get that stale air out of your lungs, and do this five times.

You can do this seated at your desk, or on the couch, or in the kitchen while dinner bubbles away on the stovetop {just don’t let that pasta boil over!} Your body is going to love the fresh oxygen you’ve provided it, and those five-tech-free/stress-free minutes are going to give your mind a much needed break.

 

Water

Hey – another simple one, I know – but that’s the gist of the post.

Drinking at least 2.5L of water a day is guaranteed to make you look, feel and function better. I know the standard recommendation is 2L, but that’s based on very outdated science. At least 2.5L a day for women, and at least 3L a day for men.

And tea and coffee don’t count! I’m talking actual water, guys.

 

Vitamins

There are some varied opinions surrounding vitamins out there, but I actually look and feel better when I’m popping a few supplements every day.

I tend to stick to fish oil, vitamin c and some form of magnesium, but I do switch it up with each season. Aside from the pill-version of vitamins, start looking at your food as vitamins, too.

In a perfect world, we would all be consuming enough of each vitamin and mineral in our everyday diet, but that has become somewhat unachievable in this modern era.

I know for a fact I don’t get enough antioxidants in my diet, so I turn to food sources like berries, sweet potato and matcha to increase my levels. Read more about matcha here & shop the matcha I’m currently sipping here

 

Go where your soul feels most alive

For me, this is the mountains. I would honestly move there if I could, but I’m kind of worried it might lose it’s charm?

There’s something about that cold, crisp mountain air that literally silences my mind. I also find I feel less stressed in the mountains, and I just want to experience more when I’m up there.

The last time we went, I happily walked up and down this one road, taking in all of the sights. I unknowingly got hundreds of steps in without even trying, and then chose a salad over breadsticks for my entree. That sounds weird and so unrelated, but I think my mind just slows down when I’m up there, and I feel more me than I do anywhere else. Because of that, I’m able to make better decisions for myself in my every day life – whether that be in relation to movement, or food, or whatever else.

For some people, it’s the ocean, but for me, it’s the mountains. Find your place and go there often.

 

Move slowly

This is another simple one, but I do think it’s had the most impact on my life.

I used to spend my days rushing from one task to the next, always taking on more than I could handle.

But after focusing on slowing down, I find I’m in a better mood, I’m more productive, and my relationships with those around me are way more positive and meaningful. It sounds odd, but slowing down has made such a positive impact on my health.

 

Sleep

Obviously sleep is on this list. It’s the most important one of all.

Depending on your age and needs, you ideally should be getting at least eight hours of sleep a night.

For me, it’s ten. And I am not ashamed about that at all. Find what works for you, and clock those same hours every single night.

 


 

How do you take care of yourself when it’s the last thing you feel like doing? Self-care is definitely a chore, but I think focusing on all the little things you can do really makes a difference. Shop some of my other self-care essentials below. 

 

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2 Comments

  1. May 28, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Love this post girl! Some of these seem so simple, but we so often forget about them. I definitely need to drink more water each day, but I am hopeless at it! I am going to try and move slower, I love that tip.

    Laura | http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

    • Sharni
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      July 9, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Moving slower is such a game changer – I can’t believe how much it’s reduced my stress levels! xo

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