Are you the type of person that works super hard and will keep working and working in hopes that the energy and motivation would be infinite? Do you work religiously on your goals and try to give 100% in every aspect?
Yep, me too. And like many others who relate to this, you will know that before too long, if you give too much without slowing down to give breathing room for self-love, you will start to feel yourself slipping into a big, spacey and exhausted burn-out.
If you never let yourself have that much-needed self-care, you won’t be able to put in the hard work. The quote ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup’ has never been more fitting!
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Anyone who is highly motivated by success will know how hard it sometimes is to get the work and rest balance right. This is why I have put together a list of my 8 most helpful self-care tips to keep all of you motivated, hard workers, motivated and working hard!
You can do these self-care tips regularly within your busy schedule to get those little pick me ups to help you stay on top form at all times!
Grab yourself a cup of tea and a fluffy blanket and let’s get started.
1. Fuel your body with goodness
Self-care begins on your plate. It impacts your overall mood and wellbeing. For this reason, it’s so important to keep your diet in check by regularly eating fruits and veggies (especially raw) and by drinking tons of H2O. I carry around my bamboo travel mug everywhere I go to remind me to always stay hydrated.
Avoid foods that will make you feel run down and sluggish such as animal products, processed, fast food and sugary drinks. You cannot live a happy and healthy life when your body is running on rubbish. Fact.
Luckily for you, here at Hello Vegan Bee, there are plenty of plant-based, clean living recipes that you can check out and try for yourself: from juicy smoothies to cosy home-cooked meals that will make your body thank you.
2. Treat yourself often
Treating yourself doesn’t have to mean blowing lots of money on fancy things like spa days and manicures. To me, a self-love treat is simply about putting time aside to embrace the little, special things in life that make me feel good. This could be anything from putting relaxing jazz music on while having a hot bubble bath to spending an evening baking banana bread.
3. Be active every day
By being active every day, your body regularly releases serotonin (the happy hormone). On my busier mornings, I still make time to do some stretches, even if it’s just for a few minutes because I know that afterwards I will feel so uplifted and refreshed.
Some easy exercise examples that will get those serotonin levels up are: yoga, stretching, skipping rope or simply going for a walk.
4. Make an effort to make yourself feel good
There are lots of things you can do in your day to day life to keep you feeling fresh and confident. For example, when I wear clothes that make me feel confident, I walk with better posture and I go about my day feeling great!
Doing simple things to make yourself feel good such as staying moisturised, wearing makeup and putting some fluffy socks on can give you little mood boosters throughout your day. In my daily life, I like to keep a lip balm and pocket hairbrush in my bag for whenever I need an instant pick me up.
5. Have a sleep schedule
I always shout about the benefits of routine because it helps me so much within my own life. Having a sleep schedule helps your body to recognise when it’s time to wind down, saves time in the evening and ensures that you get a similar amount of sleep every night.
In a previous blog post ‘The Ultimate Morning Routine: 10 Powerful Steps Take Charge Of Your Day’, I spoke about the endless benefits of waking up early. Check it out and get your Free Printable Ultimate Morning Routine here!
6. Get creative
Creativity is one of the best stress relievers, hands down. You don’t have to be the next Picasso to express creativity; even if you don’t consider yourself to be creatively skilful, being able to express yourself in a simple way feels so good!
Some little ways to get creative are: drawing, painting, music making, writing poetry, cooking your favourite meal, going to a dance class, relaxation colouring books & creating a vision board.
7. Embrace emotions with open arms
Situations are always changing and life is always bringing us new experiences and challenges, that make us feel loads of different emotions. It’s important to remember that whatever emotions you have, they are very real. It is impossible to be happy all of the time, so when those other emotions show up, let them free and don’t suppress them, or it will come out as more intense and harder to manage later down the line.
Sometimes, there is nothing more necessary than having a big cry. Everyone cries, and it’s been proven to be a very healthy way of releasing toxic emotions. It is okay to feel sad when things out of your control happen.
However, don’t let your negative thoughts take over when they are no longer necessary, so silence needless bad or negative self talk. Wipe those eyes and put your smile back on by practising the other self-care tips! You don’t deserve to put yourself through the hurt when it is no longer needed.
8. Express gratitude
Journalling is the perfect way to externalise your thoughts, feelings and goals. It helps you to un-jumble them. When you put pen to paper to take the time to write down reasons to feel grateful, you can feel gratitude so much more deeply.
So, get your notebook out and start jotting down why you are grateful. Even if it’s as simple as ‘I have a roof over my head’, that is still a darn good reason to be grateful.
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This is something that can be put into your morning or evening routine to ensure that you practice it every day.
Another great way to practice gratitude within a busy schedule is by keeping a gratitude rock in your pocket. Find a small pebble that you like and every time you feel it in your pocket, stop, take a breath, smile and think of something you are grateful for. This is a lovely, simple way to practice gratitude when on the go.
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