The 18th – 24th November is a week for taking a step back, surrounding yourself with positivity and thinking more about self care. But what is it exactly?
Here at the Beauty Kitchen HQ, we like to make the idea of self care as simplistic as possible. It’s about looking after yourself to improve and maintain your health and wellbeing. In a world of constant hustle and bustle and trying to meet deadline after deadline, it can be easy to overlook your personal and mental health. It’s time to just breathe. Take a moment to relax…
Here’s our top tips to a healthy and happier version of yourself, straight from the Beauty Kitchen team!
Go for a Stroll
Take a break from social media and technology to head out into the great outdoors. Not only is walking great exercise, it’s also a chance to clear your head and take in the beauty of the countryside, whether it’s a hike in the mountains or a casual stroll in your local park. Walking is something a lot of us take for granted. The next time you’re out, try to notice more and engage with your surroundings; the smell of the forest, the rustling of leaves, the wind in your hair.
Recreate a Spa Experience…In Your Own Home!
An act of self care doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming; it can be as simple as taking 5 minutes out of your evening routine for a quick face mask (try our Seahorse Plankton+ 5 Minute Miracle Mask if you’re short of time!. We’re being biased here working at Beauty Kitchen and all that - but of course everyone in our team loves a little pamper every now and then. We completely recommend having a moment of “me time” at home to disconnect from the daily stresses of life.
We created The Sustainables ranges for moments like this in mind. Available in four mood-boosting ranges, we’ve used organic ingredients including spa-like essential oils so you can add a bit of relaxation to your day-to-night routine. Run the bath, light a candle, dim the lights…and prepare to unwind. We can guarantee you’ll be ready for that early night sleep!
Put the Kettle On
Taking some time to be alone with your thoughts is important, and so is surrounding yourself with positive people - whether it’s your family, your best friends or an old colleague that you haven’t seen in a while. Trying to maintain a social life in this day and age can seem like a full-time job in itself, so keep it nice and easy by catching up over a steamy cuppa. Tea, coffee, hot choc; whatever your choice of beverage, having a natter with your nearest and dearest is one the best forms of therapy in our opinion, especially when there’s cake involved too!
Try out Brew Tea Co’s natural tea made with 100% plastic-free, compostable bags so you can be sure you’re doing good the environment too.
Write it Down
Whether it’s keeping a journal or documenting your goals and achievements – writing can be a healing way to express your current thoughts and release the stresses from your day, as well as highlight the positives. You could even try to jot down the things you were grateful for today so you can focus on the little things that made smile. The next time you’re not feeling quite yourself, just flip through this list for a heartwarming moment. We love making a note of all the places we want to visit and explore too – it encourages us to plan our next trip away!
We are loving the journals from Chroma Stationery as they are all made in the UK and can be personalised too.
We’ve mentioned walking to clear the mind, but yoga another form of gentle exercise that can be enjoyed by everyone. Yoga is suitable for all levels of fitness and can be done in a class or in the comfort of your own home via an easy to follow YouTube video. It’s a practice that goes way back over 5,000 years…there’s a reason why it’s stuck around for so long! You find a class near you via the British Wheel of Yoga, why not take a friend too?
It’s important to take some time out for yourself, but also encourage others to do the same. Sharing is caring after all! Make sure you head to the Self Care Forum to learn more - and stay up to date on our social media this week too for some little treats to celebrate self care!