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10 Everyday Self-Care Remedies

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Last Updated on by Buayifa Ojeogwu

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, getting swept along in a tide of caring for others, chores, and juggling work.

Making time for self-care can feel like a chore and just one more thing on the to-do list. 

Don’t forget that you matter too! 

Taking time to build simple self-care routines and remedies into your day can improve your mood, health, and sense of satisfaction with life. 

In this blog, we look at 10 simple, no-fuss everyday self-care remedies that you can incorporate into your daily routine, so they soon become second nature. 

Take time to consider how you can benefit from a little self-care each day.  

10 Everyday Self-Care Remedies

10 Everyday Self-Care Remedies

1. Hydrate

It sounds so simple, right?! Drink water

Yet, when we are busy it’s easy to neglect hydration levels, leading to physical changes that slow us down. 

Dehydration causes changes in blood pressure and can interfere with our body’s flow of nutrients. 

Aim to take regular drinks – ideally of water –  throughout the day – beginning with a large glass of water (flavored with a zingy quirt of lemon juice if you prefer) on waking. 

It can help to have a water container with measurements on, so you can get visual feedback on how much fluids you are drinking each day. 

And, if you need another reason to drink regularly throughout the day, research shows that swallowing liquids releases the feel-good, bliss-inducing hormone, dopamine. 

So, find your flow by making water part of your daily routine.  

2. Move

Most of us live a far more sedentary lifestyle than our ancestors. 

Research shows that the COVID-19 Pandemic has accelerated further this move away from physical activity. 

Yet, movement is a real health and mood booster, strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and stamina, and improving mental wellbeing.

Movement also helps us to build more durable, denser bones. So – make movement part of your daily self-care.

Whether that’s a walk in the morning, taking time to stretch throughout the day, or signing up to a daily workout class, aim to move. 

Consider ways to incorporate movement into existing activities – walk rather than drive for local trips, take the stairs rather than the elevator and build squats into your tooth brushing routine.  

3. Clean Teeth

Speaking of teeth….. a mindful tooth cleaning routine is a real self-care act. 

It allows you a chance to pause and take practical action to focus on your own health twice a day. 

An effective tooth care routine reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease, saving you expensive dental bills, as well as potentially improving your heart health too  – there’s evidence that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease

You can really make the most of your tooth care routine by being mindful and present to the sensations you are aware of as you brush your teeth, helping you to connect more fully with the present moment.  

4. Gratitude 

An attitude of gratitude has the power to transform your day. 

There’s now a significant body of research showing that fostering a sense of awareness of what you are grateful for supports positive mental health and can reduce feelings of unhappiness and depression.  

You can make gratitude part of your daily self-care routine by asking yourself (and your family!) what it is that you are most grateful for that day. 

Bedtimes are a great time for this moment of reflection. 

You can keep a gratitude journal where you commit to listing up to three things you are grateful for that day – or get creative, and draw an image of what you feel thankful for.  

5. Connect

Shockingly, loneliness has been shown to increase the risk of mortality by up to 26%. 

Feelings of isolation take a real toll on both our physical and mental health. 

For this reason, make connecting with others part of your daily self-care remedy. 

Schedule time to connect with friends and family, whether that’s face-to-face, or online. 

Connect with someone you haven’t said hello to for a while, and make it your business to say “good morning” to neighbors. 

Take an interest in your local community events and activities, and consider if you have space in your schedule to join a group or club that keeps you connected with others. 

And, if you don’t have time – find ways to prioritize connecting. 

That may mean looking to outsource home chores by hiring a home services company, leaving you with more time to sign up for the Salsa class or join a Local History group to connect with other like-minded people who share your particular passion.

10 Everyday Self-Care Remedies

6. Learn

Aim to learn something new each day. 

As the adage says, “every day’s a School day” if you can embrace your inner curiosity. 

Whether you try a new recipe or discover a different route to walk to work, aim to increase your awareness of yourself, others, and the world by remaining open to learning. 

Some people make use of Apps to keep learning:  Duolingo is a fun way to learn a new language, and there are Podcasts on every topic under the sun that can keep you learning.  

7. Breathe 

Breathing might be instinctive, but there’s always space for attending to our breath as a free and effective self-care remedy. 

So often, our breathing can become shallow and rapid – particularly at times of stress and increased anxiety. 

Taking a few moments to become aware of the breath, looking to lengthen and slow our breath cycle can slow us down and help to restore a sense of calm equilibrium to our nervous system.  

8. Organize

It’s hard to feel serene when surrounded by the detritus of life. 

A messy space is not conducive to clear and calm thinking, or feelings of relaxation. 

Look to support your own wellbeing by devising and then using a system to help you organize your schedule and your home.  

That can take the form of a large planner on the wall of the kitchen, to keep on top of who’s doing what, when, and whose turn it is for chores.

It can also look like having clear systems for recycling waste, storing items in cupboards, and dealing with laundry. 

Build a 10 minute organize time into each evening when you think and talk through how to organize yourself, your home, and your family, the next day.  

9. Give

A generous spirit, and acts of generosity support wellbeing and positive Mental Health, with acts of generosity increasing associated with increased happiness for the giver. 

You can gain a feel-good boost by considering how you can perform a random act of kindness each day. 

Giving can be financial, of course – and many people sign up as regular donors to charities. 

But don’t neglect other ways you can give to others with your time and your company. 

10. Notice

Finally, build in time to notice the “what is” as part of your daily self-care routine. 

Non-judgmental awareness is a powerful tool for remedying anxiety and stress. 

Aim to notice what is happening around you and within you as you pause for a couple of moments. 

Notice what you hear, see, smell, taste and feel using your sensory awareness. 

Notice too, any sensations you are aware of inside of yourself: perhaps you can become aware of your heart beating or notice a desire to swallow.

Noticing the “what is” in the present moment is a helpful antidote to those thoughts of “what if….”. 

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So – daily acts of self-care need not be time-consuming and can be incorporated into a busy routine. 

Give each of these 10 tips a try and see which works particularly well for you as a self-care remedy for a rich and satisfying life.

Now back to you. Can you share some of your everyday self-care remedies with us?

Please share them in the comments.

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