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The best self-care tips I’ve ever received

I’m a big advocate for self-care (regular readers might have noticed after seeing the 30 day self-care challenge or one of the seasonal self-care articles). Nonetheless I am very aware self-care has become a buzz-word for long luxurious baths and investing in a pair of overpriced PJ’s. In this article I would like to grab the opportunity to share the best self-care tips I’ve ever received with you on a variety of topics: From beauty to finances, and from mental to physical exercise. Because self-care is all about being self-aware – and being kind and considerate for yourself – in all areas of life!


The best self-care tips I have ever received

While creating this list over the last couple of weeks, I noticed how blessed I am with great advisors around me. These are all tips I have received (or picked up) from family, friends, health professionals and the odd blogger, vicar or hairdresser 😉

  • Only use a tiny bit of hair-mask or conditioner. Using too much product is what makes your hair weigh down, not the product itself
  • Cleanse your face often, but not too often. A mild cleanse in the morning and a more thorough cleanse at night are just fine
  • Pay attention to your beauty hygiene: Mind the expiration dates of your make-up and creams, wash your brushes and regularly change toothbrushes
  • Always invest in a bag of tealight candles, even if you have very little to spend
  • A blankey (or throw-rug) will make your lounge on the couch that much more comfortable
  • Don’t have a bathtub at home? If you book a hotel room, request one
  • Don’t gather too much stuff; it will crowd both your living-space and your head
  • Create a quick cleaning routine to make your living-room look fresh in the blink of an eye (wipe down countertops and the stove, spritz the sink, use a swiffer on hard floors)
  • Follow your intuition; it’s a part of you that has more knowledge than we usually give it credit for
  • Don’t give in to negative self-talk. Following it leads to nothing but a downward spiral
  • Spend your time in the present, rather than in the future or the past
  • Don’t worry about things you can not control
  • Visiting a therapist for problems either big or small isn’t only beneficial, but also perfectly OK
  • Don’t go to sleep without talking over a fight
  • Have genuine conversations with kids. You’ll get to know them better and it will make them feel valued
  • Don’t give all your love to people who are unwilling or unable to return it
  • Never take your partner for granted
  • Don’t treat exercise as a chore: Have fun by adding regular variety instead
  • Give strength-training a try: it’s challenging and a lot of fun – and ladies; it won’t make you instantly bulky
  • Don’t start running or hiking without proper foot attire to prevent injuries
  • Plan proper resting days to allow your muscles to recuperate
  • Regularly check your subscriptions to see if you can save money by switching parties or subscribing to a long-term plan
  • Don’t spend money on things you can’t afford
  • Prevent yourself from overspending on articles you already own, by keeping your house organized and keeping clutter to a minimum
  • Put an effort into spending time in nature regularly
  • Invest money in experiences with your loved ones, rather than in material means
  • Try to travel and see new things. Your own country probably has a lot to offer, too!
  • Don’t waste your time finishing books, movies and series you don’t really enjoy

What are the best self-care tips you’ve ever received? 

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  • Reply Tilly June 16, 2019 at 10:23

    These are great ideas. I’ve never really gone in for the bubble baths and fancy pjs myself 😋 It seems like you take a holistic approach to self-care, which is really important; things like looking after our finances, cleaning regularly and visiting a therapist, while maybe not always easy or comfortable, clear our minds and free us up. Looking after my environment (decluttering and cleaning) and spending time in nature (gardening or walking through the park) are my go-to methods of self-care. Thank you for sharing ♥︎

    • Reply Nathalie June 17, 2019 at 20:09

      Self-care has become such a buzzword it’s been commercialized to something luxurious (and sometimes even pretentious), which is really too bad! I love your ways of practicing self-care by the way, and also how you say not all self-care gives an instant gratification.

  • Reply Nyxie April 17, 2019 at 22:18

    Excellent tips! Pinning these to my self-care board!
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    – Nyxie

    • Reply Nathalie April 17, 2019 at 22:54

      Thanks Nyxie, they come from the heart!

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