Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

Sweater: H&M (similar here and here); Skirt: ASOS; Boots: Aldo (similar here and here); Earrings: vintage Givenchy (similar here and here)

When was the last time you didn’t check your phone first thing in the morning? Yea, I don’t remember either. I’ve been stumbling across articles and Instagram posts again and again which talk about how ‘being busy’ is a chronic problem that our generation has. Yes, it’s great to be ambitious and hard-working, but constantly working isn’t a sign of winning at life. I’m not saying I’m perfect, I’m definitely guilty of doing this, but I’m learning the subtle art of balance. So today, I wanted to do a post on self-care. I think self-care is as important as hard-work. In order to be wholesome human beings, we need to focus our energy equal parts on work and wellbeing. Here are my favourite (and easy) ways to indulge myself so I can feel refreshed:

Reading at a cafe
While I usually work out of cafes, once a week on either Saturday or Sunday, I go to my favourite cafe in the morning with a good book in hand, and just relax.

Candles, candles, candles
Is there anything more relaxing than lighting candles? Light them when you’re at home reading, watching Netflix or hanging out with friends or a S/O.

Mani-pedi
Never underestimate the power of a manicure and/or pedicure. It’s one of those things that not only forces you to disconnect, but really allows you to indulge yourself. And you come out looking so much more polished (no pun intended).

Try a new workout class
Yes, it will kick your ass, but it is also self-care. Plus, it’s only through trial and error that you find a class/activity that really speaks to you.

At-home spa night
You don’t need to drop a fortune at a spa to feel relaxed. After a long week, take a few hours on Sunday to really go all out on your skincare at home. Exfoliate, mask, moisturize. Do everything you need to feel rejuvenated!

Plan your next getaway
You guys already know I love to do this. Head over to Pinterest to get inspired and compile a list of places you want to go. If you have an upcoming trip, really get into the planning process – it’s half the fun!

Cook a homemade meal
Fall is such a great time to cook at home. Buy a new cook book and try one of the recipes. Soups and stews are great for the colder months. This is also a really great date night idea.

What are your favourite ways to practice self-care?

Photography by Alina Sepp

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21 Comments

  1. November 9, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Oh these pictures at the café are so idyllic – perfect outfit too, Siffat!! ♥
    And yes, I think fall/ winter is also about pamering yourself a little, cook something nice or make some homemade chai latte and read a nice book – sounds great to me 🙂

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

  2. November 10, 2017 / 5:42 am

    I definitely agree with this, it is very important to have a me time. And I prefer to go to massage everytime. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Katrina Isha | Time Off

  3. November 10, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Self care is so important especially with the holidays and all the stress that comes with it. I love to go to my local coffee shop and read. Love this look and dying over the chic skirt!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  4. November 10, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    These are all 100% on point. While Ben and I are both big believers in hard work, there’s also a fine line between determination and burn out. Sprinkling in self care can make all the difference. I started doing a face mask on Friday nights, which I thought was just going to be a silly one time thing, but now I LOVE it! 20 minutes of feeling pampered and then I just have that ‘ahhhhh’ feeling afterwards. Working out is another go to!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  5. Amy
    November 10, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Reading is big for me. Good suggestions!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. November 10, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Wow, I think I need that sweater in my life, it looks so incredibly cozy and I love the color! These are all such great suggestions, girl. These days, with a 4mth old, it’s quite hard to have some alone time, so when I do have that time, it’s sacred and I try to do all of what you’ve mentioned here, which really helps to nurture the mind, body, and soul. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a very Happy Friday so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

  7. November 10, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Yes to everything! Reading at a cafe is my favorite I used to do it almost every thursday and I was my favorite part of the week.

    xo | Cindy Elena
    http://www.boringclothes.com

  8. November 11, 2017 / 11:38 am

    Such fab ideas! Candles and at home spa sound incredible! I also love the sweater you’ve got on – looks suuuper cosy yet very stylish! x

    TOUCHOFGS

  9. November 16, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Such beautiful photos!! Yes, I couldn’t agree more. I love all of these suggestions. Reading, painting my nails, going through and organising my wardrobe, shoes, cupboards… anything like that which makes like more chilled is so good. And phone calls to friends. I miss most of mine as we live on other sides of the country, so a lonely night is made much better with a call and chat.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

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