Self-care for busy people: 9 easy tips for an inner glow

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With so many things demanding our attention on a daily basis, self-care is more important than ever.

What exactly do we mean by “self-care”?

Taking care of yourself — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually — by doing things that make you feel good and energised.

Mindful self-care practices have been reported to increase resilience to challenges, confidence and overall happiness.

Not sure where to start? We have 10 easy ways for you to practise more self-care today.


1. Feed yourself well

Stress eating on fried food and cookies might seem to fill a void but give it an hour and you’ll likely end up feeling worse, bloated and hungrier than before.

Start eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat; studies have shown that healthy food makes you happier. Load up on antioxidant-rich fruits like strawberries and blueberries and munch on almonds instead.

Your body, skin and mental health will thank you for it.


2. Practise deep breathing every day

Research at Harvard Medical School has shown that deep breathing is an effective relaxation technique that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and improves blood circulation.

Lie flat with one hand on your belly and the other hand on your chest, then inhale deeply through the nose, exhaling through the mouth.

Practise for at least 5 minutes every day, working your way up to 15-20 minutes.

Other popular relaxation techniques include using essential oils to relieve stress and ease anxiety. Popular essential oils like lavender, bergamot and frankincense promote well-being — experiment with various oils to find one that uplifts your energy.


3. Not into yoga? Try boxing or HIIT

Or any other high-energy workout like indoor cycling, boxing, or a HIIT class. Try different things until you find a fitness routine that makes you feel energised and committed.

Some days you might feel like having a gentle yoga flow and other days, you might want to kick a punching bag. Give yourself choices and the room to have both in your self-care routine.

Studies have proven that exercise releases dopamine (a.k.a the happy hormone) and endorphins to reduce stress. Not only does it lead to feeling better, it also increases confidence and improves sleep quality. So, the next time you feel like skipping a workout, remind yourself that you’ll be more energised and happy by sweating it out.


4. Try a midday energy boost (that’s not sugar or caffeine)

Many of us experience the afternoon slump around 3 p.m. but what do you do when taking a nap isn’t an option?

Instead of reaching for coffee or a sugary snack, try these little self-pampering ways to get a much-needed energy boost.

Brush your teeth: this little trick is not only good for your oral hygiene, it makes you feel like it’s a brand new day. Keep a travel-size pack of Marvis toothpaste in your drawer and rotate between cinnamon mint, whitening mint and classic strong mint flavours to keep it varied.

Use fragrance to uplift your mood: designed as a lighter alternative to perfume, the Annick Goutal alcohol-free water is an invigorating way to uplift your mood, especially in the face of unavoidable stresses at work. Spritz it on your hair and clothing to smell (and feel) amazing.

Spray on a facial mist: Hydrate your skin while energising your senses with a midday spritz. We like the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist for its divine citrusy scent and hydrating properties.


5. Get restful sleep with a calming bedtime ritual

Melt the day’s stress away with a bedtime ritual centred around aromatherapy to put the focus back on you.

In the shower, use a gentle body wash like The Ren Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-fatigue Body Wash that’s sulfate-free, won’t dry out your skin and wraps your senses in an exquisite scent of geranium, sage, rosemary and cypress.

self-care tips for busy people - bedtime routine for restful sleep

At bedtime, lull yourself into deep slumber with Ren’s & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray. Spray onto your pillow and let the calming scent of frankincense, hops and lavender carry you into a good night’s rest.


6. Spend time with people who positively energise you

Make an effort to organise time with your tribe. These are people who positively support you with an energy that’ll give you renewed zest. Countless studies have shown that nurturing our friendships and relationships is one of the best ways to handle stress and feel good.

So go ahead and initiate a morning hike, brunch or coffee and cake with your inner circle of friends and loved ones.


7. Or cancel plans (and not feel bad about it)

On the flip side, if you’ve been overcommitting to social invitations lately, cancel plans to spend a night in with yourself.

Light a heavenly-scented Lily candle by Diptyque or fill the room with the Diptyque Tubereuse room spray to feel like time is slowing down. Then, snuggle up with a good book or a feel-good movie for a well-rested night.


8. Watch cute animal videos

Keeping up with the news cycle or impossibly-flawless lives on social media can sometimes feel disheartening, so why not take a break and watch something that will make you smile instead?

Studies have shown that cute animal videos can relieve stress and increase happiness. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, look up ‘otters holding hands’ or watch puppies fall over each other, and you’ll feel your spirits start to rise.


9. Start a daily ‘thank you’ list

Having an attitude of gratitude has been scientifically-proven to improve wellbeing and happiness.

Start a daily habit of writing down everything and everyone you’re thankful for.

Look for ways to appreciate seemingly mundane things like listening to music while sitting through a traffic jam. Give thanks to challenging situations for helping you grow and become resilient.


No matter how busy you are, making time for yourself should always be a priority. Stop by any Ken’s Apothecary store today to try out our little luxuries of self-care.


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