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Top Daily Self Care Methods

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These are the top daily self care methods to integrate into your regular, daily routines, for a better single life. 
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There are many small and simple, yet very effective methods and ways to improve your singleness and embrace yourself. By incorporating them into your daily life and routines, you can show some much needed appreciation for yourself… Which will not only improve your well being, but also your connection with yourself. Which in turn, will help you lead a better, happier life. Because when you care for yourself, you care about yourself more, which encourages you to continue caring for yourself. And thus the cycle continues. And when you’re well cared for, especially when it comes from yourself… You will feel more fortunate in your life.

There is no need to combine every single one of the following methods, every single day. I suggest you pick and choose the right ones for you, and find the best ways to incorporate them into your own life. There may be some that need to be done every day, and some you can do intermittently. Do some trial and error, if needed, in order to find the right ones and the best balance between them for you.

1. Personal Hygiene

How many times have you skipped brushing your teeth because you felt too lazy? Because you were already tucked into your comfortable sheets? Believe me, I understand it very well, having done so myself far more times than I’d like to admit. We all have. And that’s okay, it’s part of what makes us human. That being said, it’s these simple, daily “chores” we must complete. Brushing your teeth, cleansing your face and showering are just a few of these daily personal hygiene actions we need to take… To help us feel good about ourselves and improve our overall well being. When you feel clean and fresh, you’ll not only feel more prepared to be in the presence of others… But also in your own presence

2. Take A Walk

Since my mum and I adopted our dog, I’ve been “forced” to take daily walks with him. It started as a daily task catered to care for our dog. However, with time, it became one of my favourite forms to care for myself. These daily walks are not only great for my health and to get my body moving… But also a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house, be outside in fresh air. Which has done wonders for my mental health as well. While I do bring my phone for music, I have a strict rule to not actually use it. Not for social media and not for calling, texting and anything else. This is my time to disconnect from anything else, and connect with nature, my dog and myself. It’s truly a cleansing experience. 

3. Scalp Massage

In one of my recent Therabox’s I received a scalp treatment serum, which is how I acquired this new found self care method. Ten to fifteen minutes before my shower, I massage the serum into my scalp, which is great for the scalp and hair growth… But more than that, it can help you relax, release some stress and aches. I also got a scalp massager in my latest Singles Swag box, which has paired well with the serum. This can also be used in the shower to wash your hair and scalp. While shampooing, it’s also a great opportunity to just relax and give yourself a well deserved scalp massage. 

4. Take A Break

When I say take a break, I actually mean take a break. Now that I work from home, I find myself skipping breaks far more than I should. I eat while I work, and work while I take “breaks”. I find it hard to let go, but I learned the hard way to take proper breaks. Real breaks that will help you unwind and relax. Give yourself and your brain a much needed break from thinking and working. If you don’t, you will become far too jaded, way too quickly. If you want to have enough energy and stamina to keep going, you need to designate some time for yourself everyday, to basically just do nothing. And NOT feel guilty about it.

5. Face Masks

By now you probably know how much I love face masks. They are a great way all around to self care. While it’s primary purpose is to improve your skin, the advantages of it go far beyond that. It’s a great opportunity to take 15-20 minutes for yourself to unwind and relax. To give yourself some much needed pampering. Which will not only make you feel better about yourself, it will also help you connect with yourself. By giving yourself regular quality alone time.

6. Read  A Book

Books have always been my sweet escape. Ever since I was a young girl, when the real world world would get too much to handle… I liked to find refuge in a different one, a fictional world that sucked me in and helped me forget about everything else. It’s always been one of my favourite things in the world, because it is also one of the only things that helped me switch off my mind for a bit. I consider reading a book as a form of self care, because it gives you a moment for yourself. But also more than that, it helps you take a break from everything else and just focus on letting go. When I’m done reading, I always feel fresh, rejuvenated, almost like a new person.

7. Writing 

If reading is escaping into an imaginary world, writing is creating my own imaginary world. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a writer, I wanted to help create worlds for others to escape to. And while writing them, it’s also a great way for me to disconnect from everything else and just focus on creating something new and different. This is also a form of self care, in my opinion, because it also helps you let go. It helps you loosen your mind and just let yourself flow. Free your mind and let it run wild. 

8. Journaling

In my recent blog post “How to Shift Your Mindset” I wrote about the best ways to change your mindset, one of which is journaling. I believe that this is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, because it’s a way to release all the troubles in your mind. This is different from writing, because with journaling you’re letting out your own real thoughts and concerns. You can also use it as a form of tracking your progress and learning from it how to do and be better. 

There are so many great journals and notebooks out there, but one of my favourites (if not the favourite) is Best Self Journals. They have a variety of journals, notebooks and planners, but without a doubt, the best one is their Self Journal. They are not just like any journal, and they are certainly not just a notebook to write in. The notebooks provide you with all the prompts and motivators to help you set, plan and track progress towards your better self. 

If you’d like, you can also check out these AWESOME journals my Mum designed!

9. Coffee Break

Whether you work from home or not, it’s important to take a much needed moment for yourself and your coffee, and a break from everything else. You’d be surprised how much of a difference 10-20 minutes with your coffee can make. This will not only help you clear your mind… But also connect with yourself better. These short, small moments every day, will help you spend quality alone time. Which will make you feel more comfortable in your own company and love yourself better

10. Digital Detox

I don’t think I need to tell you how bad digital devices in general, and social media specifically, can be bad for your mental health. As well as your eyes and probably brain as well. Taking some much needed break from these, is one of the best forms of self care, and the biggest favour you can do for yourself. I generally suggest having your phone aside while you work. But you also need to let it go in your own personal time. Especially before you go to sleep. Even a 10-20 minute break is great for your mind and well being. Not to mention, that it gives you some time to just be and connect with yourself.

11. Face, Hand and Body Creams

Using different creams for different parts of your body is a great way to self care all around. It helps you tend to your skin, keeping it well nourished and looking younger for longer. Creams also help you get rid of dried, wrinkled skin and blemishes, which will also help you feel better about yourself. It will make you more confident, presentable, and most importantly, it will prompt you to care for yourself more, and more often.

12. Personal Grooming

Similarly to using creams, also grooming yourself is a necessity to help your overall well being, and feeling better about yourself. Cutting your nails, plucking your eyebrows, getting a haircut, and more. These are all ways to “up-keep” yourself, not only to be more “presentable”, but also to help yourself feel good about you. Personally, I feel so much better when I get my nails done. Not only because I’m less embarrassed with others, but I also just feel so good about myself. It makes me happy. It’s my way of showing myself that I care. 

13. Guided Meditation

If you’re struggling to let go and free your mind, to stop overthinking and worrying about everything possible… Guided meditation can definitely make it easier for you. Think of it like a writing prompt, when you’re not sure what to write. Guided meditation gives you instruction on what to do and think, to help you let go. It also gives you something else to think about and helps you divert your attention from your worries. As well as helping you did a bit deeper, into your subliminal. Which can help you reach more rooted issues, and letting them go. 

Two of my favourite ways to do this, is with – Inner Talks and Real Subliminal – both of which offer a few options that can help you reach your inner self, and start making the change you need to better yourself and your life. With Real Subliminal you can get the album or playlist best suited for you, and download it to their mobile app. Which makes it super convenient! I got an album with ten minute tracks, so it doesn’t even take up that much time. It’s always a great break from the day’s noise and chaos, and just connect a moment with yourself. I personally love their Deep Calm tracks, they’re wonderful for when I feel anxious. Or when I’m overthinking. 

14. Stretching

Stretching is the one part of working out that is often overlooked, even though it’s possibly the most important part. Besides the physiological part of it, of helping you stretch out your muscles, after you’ve worked them out… They help you take a moment to just be, to focus on yourself and your body. Personally I love the feeling of it, but it also makes me feel more loose after it. Quite literally. Besides after workouts, I think it’s important to stretch your body throughout the day, especially if you’re hunched over a computer for most of it. In the morning it helps wake your body and mind, preparing them for the day. During the day, they help you loosen any stiff muscles and relax your body.

15. Working Out

As I’ve said before, our bodies are our fortresses, they are our hosts in this world and we need to maintain them. We need to protect them. Workingout, while it can be quite gruesome, it’s also crucial. They make our bodies stronger, make them stay younger for longer. And they also help us feel good about ourselves. But most of all, working out is a great way to release tension and fight anxiety. When you start reaping these benefits, working out will become so much better, and even addicting. 

16. Eating Healthy

In addition to working out, and similarly to it, eating healthy is another great way to up-keep your body. To cleanse it from the inside out. What you eat not only shows on your skin and body, but also on your soul. When you eat healthy, you feel better about yourself. You feel like you’re being taken care of, which makes you want to take care of yourself more. 

17. Ginger Shots

Personally I love the taste of ginger, and I enjoy drinking ginger shots. Even if I didn’t like it, I would probably still continue to drink them. Ginger is known to be very healthy, and over the years it’s been the best medicine for me. I try to take it regularly, but it’s not always possible. However, when I’m not feeling well, or feel like I’m about to be ill, it does wonders for me. You can either buy a ready made one, or create one at home… Just squeeze some lemons and either finely-grate or blend the ginger, then mix together. You can also add some organic honey if it’s too spicy for you. This shot will certainly feel like it’s cleansing you from the inside out. It’s also great for your immunity. 

18. Treat Yourself

Treating yourself can come in many different forms, and it’s crucial to start finding the right ones for you. We spend so much time being there for others, treating and surprising them, that we forget about ourselves and neglect our own needs. Treating yourself to your favorite wine, take-out, chocolate or anything else you like. Buy yourself nice surprises just because, for no special reason, other than to show yourself some appreciation. This will not only give you a nice mood-boost… But will also bring you closer to yourself, help you connect better to you.

19. Take A Long Shower

I love showers, they’re a delight in my opinion, even more so than baths. Yet, far too many times I rush through the whole shower process, narrowing it down to 5-7 minutes. Just so I can get on with my day, and accomplish more things. Which is fine, but I also find that taking the time at least once a week to indulge under the warm stream of water… Is a great way to help you feel fresh and rejuvenated. Allow yourself to just bathe under the warmth, enjoy the process of cleaning yourself with soap. Massage your scalp. Cleanse your face. Sing. Let go and just release all of your nagging worries, stress and thoughts. Release the tension.

20. Just Dance

One of the most stress-relieving activities, in my opinion, is to just dance, like you have no care in the world. Put on your favourite, up-beat music, and just move your body, bounce and jump around. Even if you can’t dance, even if you don’t usually like it… Allowing your body to flow to the beat of the music, will surely release a lot of your tension. It will help you disconnect from everything else, to numb your mind for a moment and not think of anything else. And it’s also so much fun, and will certainly boost your mood and provide you with a much needed pick-me-up.

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Stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong!
Michal B.L.

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Hey there! My name is Michal, I was born and raised in Israel, currently I live in Tel-Aviv. In my Single Life Blog I write about single life in all its glory, and share Single Life Lessons to help you embrace singlehood. I offer tips and advice for a better, happy single life. How to be independent, feel comfortable in your own skin and company, and how not to chase toxic people.