Busy moms, business owners, or even full-time students will know how stressful life can get from time to time. It can seem like there’s more to do than there is time to relax, but taking care of your mental and emotional health is incredibly important. Burnout is a real thing and can have devastating results if you aren’t proactive and making sure you’re giving yourself enough time throughout the week to unwind and practice some self-care.
While it might feel selfish at times to luxuriate in a warm bubble bath or spend the night alone watching your favourite movies, it’s also important to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of the others in your life. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s part of a well-balanced lifestyle for both inner and outer healing.
If you have a hard time unwinding or showing yourself some love after a stressful week, here are a few self-care habits that you can start incorporating into your routine to feel even just a little bit better every day.
Soak in a Warm Bath
It’s no secret that water can have incredibly healing properties for both the body and the mind. Soaking in a warm bath has shown improved blood flow, oxygenation, and even an improved immune system if the water is steamy enough.
While most people might reserve hot baths for when they’re sick, studies show that taking one every day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Not to mention that feeling the soothing effects of warm water can really help to ease muscle tension and promote overall relaxation.
If this is a self-care habit that works for you, then consider adding a few essential oils into the mix for extra relaxation and some skincare benefits. Wink and Wave’s Hadaka Wonder Luxe Body Oil is the perfect bath additive to have your skin looking and feeling great!
Practice Saying ‘No’
Women are often expected to agree with everything and not say ‘no’ when a request is made, especially in an office setting or when it comes to taking care of your family. While it’s great to be accommodating to the people and work you care about, it can also take a toll on you mental health if you don’t practice setting boundaries from time to time.
Being a little bit selfish and considering your own emotional state before agreeing to commitments is sometimes the best self-care you can practice in order to maintain your emotional wellbeing.
Don’t shy away from taking your time to think about an obligation before agreeing to it and practice asking yourself if you have the mental and physical bandwidth to handle everything on your plate at the moment.
Develop a Calming Bedtime Ritual
Sometimes, the only opportunity you might have to relax is right before bed, so why not make the most of it and develop a calming ritual that can help you unwind from your busy day? Creating a ritual that is catered to your wellbeing and sticking to it every night is a simple form of self-care that can have huge positive effects.
Whether you’re making sure to do a thorough skincare regimen before getting into bed and reading for a bit, or lounging in Wink and Wave’s Luxe Cardi-Robes and Softie Slides while you catch up on your favourite show, finding what makes you feel great and doing it every night can set you up for a better day ahead.
Work With A Professional
Expecting to be able to make yourself feel better isn’t always realistic, which is why it can be helpful to work with a professional to improve your mental health. This form of self-care can be done through talking to a therapist weekly to work through any mental blocks and personal issues, or even with a Reiki healer to realign your energy after a particularly bad week. Practicing self-care doesn’t always have to be done alone; there are many professionals out there ready to help you on your wellness journey!
Self-care is all about practicing habits that work best for you and improve your quality of life. Everyone is different and has different needs, so don’t shy away from experimenting with a variety of habits to find what helps you unwind and relax the most. For more information on how Wink and Wave can help you in your self-care journey, visit our website today!