Today it’s my turn to talk to you about something I’ve gradually learnt to work into my everyday life. And that something is what I like to call ‘Physical Selfcare’. In this post I’ll be talking you through how I manage my physical selfcare, how you can implement it in your everyday life and why you should actually care about it!
On the fifth day of Christmas I choose to give myself… Physical Selfcare!
And with that, let’s dive right in!
What actually is physical selfcare?
Physical selfcare is looking after yourself physically, through your diet, exercising, getting enough sleep and managing your wellbeing.
How often should I be making time for it?
Selfcare in any form is good, and the amount of time that you need to be making and spending on it will vary from you to someone else as we’re all different; one person may only need 10 minutes of selfcare every other day and another may need to dedicate 30 minutes or an hour every day. Selfcare is a personal thing that you’ll only know how much time you need for to spend on it once you’ve started practicing it and find what works for you.
What can you do for physical selfcare?
Physical selfcare can come in many forms, for example:
This can come in the form of going to the gym, going for a run, doing yoga, dancing, hula hooping (it’s great fun to do it whilst watching the telly – trust me on that one haha), walking the dog or something as simple as stretching in bed if you’re struggling with motivation to move.
Meditation can be really helpful in releasing stress from your body and mind, I myself like to use quick five – ten minute guided meditations through the use of apps like Calm, Headspace and Pocketcoach. My personal favourite is Pocketcoach for its ‘Guide to Fall Asleep’ which helps me get to sleep every time and it’s only five minutes long.
- A healthy balanced diet
By having a healthy balanced diet, I absolutely DO NOT mean cut out all of the lovely yummy foods like chocolate, biscuits and anything you may categorise as ‘junk food’ (small side note – just a friendly reminder that food is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’, it’s just food). Because a healthy BALANCED diet is that; it is balanced. In other words, if you’re eating a salad at lunchtime and then you start fancying a KitKat, eat the darn KitKat! Listen to what your body is wanting.
I think we all know how important sleep is nowadays, and it can sometimes be hard to get the recommended 8 hours a night, especially with it being the festive season. We all have our own sleep patterns, so whether you’re a night owl or early bird, try and create your own sleep routine and stick to it. By making your own sleep routine a habit, your body will start to remember what these motions mean and you’ll get to sleep a lot faster. For me, I have a cup of decaf tea, write down the next day’s to-do list, brush my teeth and put on an audio book before I listen to Pocketcoaches ‘Guide to fall asleep’.
- Doing nothing
This one is so important with our ‘always working’ attitude we’ve developed over the last few years. When we’re so busy with work and events, it can be hard to make time for yourself. So even if it’s one night a week or every Sunday, have a day where you haven’t got to do anything. Just sit on the sofa and binge whatever’s on Netflix or snuggle down with a book, it’s a great way for us all to recharge and give ourselves a much needed break.
YouTube is a great resource for when you’re unsure what you can do to get active, so here’s some fun dance routines you can try from The Fitness Marshall on YouTube:
If dancing isn’t your thing, there’s also some great beginner yoga routines out there too!
I hope you enjoyed our fifth day of Christmas! What’s your favourite physical selfcare tip?