August 15th marks Relaxation Day, the perfect opportunity to remind yourself that it’s totally okay to take a self care day and relax. We know that finding that extra bit of time to take care of yourself can be difficult, but it is so important.
Why Is Self Care Important?
Caring for yourself is absolutely crucial for our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Imagine if you never serviced your car, or didn’t water your plants. Self care should be treated as a basic need, in the same way as working out, drinking water or eating a balanced diet.
Taking some time to properly care for yourself can help to improve productivity and increase your focus, by allowing you to clear your mind a little and re-prioritise, meaning when you are back to ticking off that list of things you need to get done, you can be more productive and focussed on your goals and what’s important.
Taking extra time to look after yourself, whether that’s a long soak in the bath or an afternoon reading your new favourite book can trigger the relaxation response, which can actually prevent stress from damaging your health. On top of this, caring for yourself can simply make you feel good about yourself!
Our Self Care Routine
First of all, take a full day to yourself. Whether it’s a weekend or a day booked off from work, try to give yourself a full day to really take care of yourself and relax. The last thing you want to do is to go from a state of pure relaxation to then have to jump back into work or running errands.
Step 1 – Long Hot Bath
Our favourite thing to start with has to be a long soak in the bath. Salts, bath bombs, bubbles… we’ll take the lot. Hop in that tub with a good book or your favourite mag, and allow yourself the time to laze in there until you’re feeling suitably prune-like. Some of our current favourite books:
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton – as if we didn’t love Dolly Alderton enough before this book! Filled with stories and experiences a lot of us go through growing up, this book is hilarious in parts and unbelievably sad in others, a real page turner.
Bloom by Estee Lalonde – filled with recipes, self care tips, beauty, fashion, lifestyle – you name it, this book has it! We’re obsessed with Estee’s style, so it’s safe to say we’ve poured over this book numerous times, and will do over and over again!
Step 2 – Skincare
Now is the perfect time to apply some super caring skincare, as your pores will have opened up whilst in the bath. First, cleanse thoroughly. We love a balm cleanser for a self care pamper. Follow up by exfoliating and applying a nourishing face mask. Once you’ve removed your mask, we like to apply our Eye Boost Serum.