5 Essentials for the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday



No one is protected from stress. Even your toughest-looking friend probably screams into a pillow when no one is around. We are humans and aren't made to be Zen masters naturally, so managing your emotions & wellbeing is a skill you can learn.

Of course, you can always binge-watch Netflix and eat pizza, but there is a better way to cope with negative emotions.  As a substitute for a day in bed, I want to share with you my go-to self-care routine to replenish your energy. Here are five self-care practices to reboot your system:

 

1. Treat Yourself to a Delicious Meal

Whether you prefer cooking at home or dining out with friends, it is a must to indulge in a nice meal at least once a week. Do not think about diets and caloric intake -- it is okay to let go of restrictions every now and then.

Think about what foods remind you of family, special moments, happiness or any other positive emotions and warm your soul. Such a treat will help you kick off your Sunday and set the right mood for the rest of the day.

 

2. Get Out In Nature

If the weather is cooperative, stretch your body and reconnect with nature. In Japan, people practice "forest bathing" to improve health and stress-resistance.

It is proven that spending time in a forest can reduce stress, depression and hostility. If outdoor exercise is not your jam, consider other activities you could do out in nature like have a picnic or lay outside on the grass and watch the clouds. An ambient music playlist will help you unwind and appreciate the time spent outdoors.

 

3. Do a Spa Treatment at Home

Because professional spa procedures can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, with the wide availability of professional products, you can pamper your skin without spending a fortune. Lucky for me, I've got everything you need for the ultimate at home spa indulgence.

My all natural, cruelty-free and vegan skincare includes body scrubs, body care and body oils which are perfect for cleansing, nourishing and refreshing your skin. After a Buddy Scrub spa, you will feel refreshed with some much needed me-time and ready to tackle whatever challenge life throws at you.

 

4. Journal to Reflect on Your Life

Have you ever caught yourself having negative emotions for no reason? In this case, take your time to self-reflect and reveal concealed problems that need your attention.

The secret of journaling is being honest with yourself. Dedicate 30 minutes to dissect your negative emotions and understand the cause. The awareness will help you address the issue and find the right tools to deal with it.

 

5. Stay Away from Electronic Devices and Go to Bed Early

Have you heard of blue light's negative effects on sleep? Blue light is ommited from devices like computer and phone screens and actually causes out body to produce more melatonin (the hormone that controls sleep). So, the more you look at devices before bed, the more melatonin is produced and keeps your brain alerted, making it hard to fall asleep.

If you struggle to sleep at night, try not to use electronic devices two hours before bed. Rather than wasting your time on social media, get a book you have always wanted to read. Reading will prepare your brain for healthy eight-hour sleep.

 

Ward Off Monday Blues with the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday

No one says that it is easy to be calm and grounded. Inner peace takes time to achieve. To ward off stress and negative emotions, dedicate time every week to nurture your mind and body. Perhaps 'self care sunday' can be your weekly reminder.

At first, it might feel weird and unnatural, but practice makes perfect. At some point, your self-care routine will become an integral part of your life. You will see how choosing mindfulness over passive entertainment gets easier every time.


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6 Steps to Perfecting Your Work/Life Balance


It can often be difficult finding the right balance between your work and personal life these days, and it’s a common challenge that many can face at some point in their careers. Overcoming it can be confronting, confusing and downright hard to do, but it is possible. Often it can feel like if you focus on one area, such as your job, other areas of your life will suffer, like your family and friendships. But cultivating a healthy balance between all the necessary puzzle pieces to your life is not only necessary, it’s relatively easy to do – you just need to know how! So, here are 6 steps to perfecting your work/life balance.


Work out your priorities

Set aside some time to sit down and think about all the different tasks you do in every aspect of your life, from work to home and all the pieces in between. Write down all these things, then label each one as high, medium or low priority. This will help you see just how much you actually have on your plate, and having it set out clearly in front of you can help you notice where you might be spending time on things that aren’t as important as others. Prioritise the things you do that make you feel good, like catching up with friends and exercising and things that make you feel productive, while trying to cut back on things that don’t seem to add much value, like scrolling endlessly through social media and binge-watching Netflix for hours on end.


Establish your boundaries

Boundaries are so important, because without them, any priorities you’ve set will likely not last very long. So make sure you know your boundaries, and be comfortable sticking to them. Healthy boundaries include being able to mentally and emotionally check out of work once your day is done, leaving it all at your desk so you can enjoy your personal life without having your mind split between the two, avoiding personal phone calls and texts while you’re at work (emergencies aside, of course), and not checking work emails while you’re with friends.


Learn when to disconnect

Everyone is now constantly connected to one another, and whether it’s for work or relaxation it can still be hugely detrimental to your emotional and mental wellbeing. Learning how and when to disconnect completely from your smartphone can really help you feel more balanced and happier. You might not have an ‘off’ button, but technology does. So you should use it! Start putting all technology aside for at least 30 minutes each day, and use the time to hit your reset button. Do things that you used to enjoy, but can’t seem to find time to do anymore. Whether it’s meditating, reading a book, going for a walk, taking a long, relaxing shower or just sitting down and spending time with a loved one, unplugging can be the best thing to do for your health.

 

Get help if you need it

You have a support system around you, whether you know it or not. So utilise it! Recognise if and when you’re struggling, and ask for help when you need it. This is imperative to maintaining a work/life balance because without support, juggling everything can be much more difficult. Feeling so much pressure can cause you to suffer from stress, which will end up impacting all of the different aspects of your life. And sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that it’s weak to ask for help – but it’s not. Those who support you will always be happy to help you when they can. So don’t ever be afraid to ask! Get some help from a colleague at work, ask your partner or family members for assistance at home, and vent to a friend if it all just gets too much.

 

Get selfish with self-care

You are so important. Taking care of yourself should always be your first priority, so don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and put your self-care first – especially if those around you try to persuade you to push yourself beyond the point of wellbeing. There is no shame in saying ‘no’, and in order to have a better work/life balance, that is a word you should get comfortable saying. Some of the best and most effective self-care activities are gratitude journaling, meditating, exercising, cooking nutritious food, getting more sleep and anything else that essentially helps you relax and makes you happy. My top self care tip is of course taking a warm bath and scrubbing up with one of my all natural body scrubs!

Stop trying to be perfect
Sometimes we struggle finding that work/life balance because we’re trying to perfect each and every task we do. But perfection is not sustainable! Aiming to be perfect at everything we do can exhaust even the most resilient person, so learn how to accept things as they are. As long as you try your best at everything you do, it’s okay if it’s not completely perfect.

 

While it might seem difficult to imagine a well-balanced life, it is very achievable as long as you keep realistic expectations and avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. But by implementing these steps in your life, you’ll be able to achieve that perfect work/life balance and make your way to better health.

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