10 easy ways to practise self-care

Self-care is vital – especially for adoptive parents and all those caring for children with additional needs – but it needn’t take up lots of time or cash. Here are 10 easy ways to practise self-care and give yourself a dose of TLC. These ideas won’t change the world, but they’ll give you a dose of sanity for half an hour.

10 Easy Ways To Practise Self-Care

1. Do something differently

They say a change is as good as a rest, so just make a little adjustment to your usual routine. Walk a different route home after dropping the children at school. Listen to a new podcast. Surprise yourself. Doing a new thing helps your brain to approach problems from a different perspective and can spark all kinds of new ideas.

2. Play your favourite music

In the house, in the car, on headphones… wherever you can inject a bit of happy. (Dancing is optional.)

3. Make something

A painting, a Lego model, a cake, a hanging basket, a sewing/knitting project – whatever works for you. Creativity is great self-care.

4. Phone a friend

(Or write, if you prefer). Connect with someone else – perhaps another adoptive parent or someone who’s going through a hard time. Encouraging someone else is good for you too.

5. Pick flowers

It’s spring, so they’re everywhere. If you don’t have a garden, head to the woods and find bluebells. If you can’t get out, put a bunch of something on your online grocery shopping order.

6. Let someone else cook

Whether this means letting a family member or friend take over the kitchen, getting a takeaway (or just your favourite microwave meal), or going out to eat, take cooking off your-to-do list for a day (or more).

7. Go to bed an hour earlier

Catch up on sleep, and you’ll feel better for it tomorrow. The washing-up can wait.

8. Watch/listen to a comedy programme

Take your mind off things and laugh for a while.

9. Hide in the bathroom

Read in the bath or sing in the shower – whatever works for you. Lock the door and take some time for yourself.

10. Plan a surprise for someone

Guaranteed to give you as much fun and excitement in the organising as it does the recipient.

try all 10 and win!

Which of these 10 easy ways to practise self-care can you fit in to your schedule this week? Let me know on Twitter using #selfcare10 and tagging @hlmeadows. There’s a £10 Starbucks card for the first person to send me evidence that they’ve tried all ten. [Edit: This has now been won. Congratulations to AdoptionAdventures!]


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  1. Shaz De Vos
    27 April 2015 / 10:29 am

    Aww I like the idea of this but unsure if I can fit them all in – working full-time, being a mummy and pregnant takes up all my time! xx #mummymonday

    • 27 April 2015 / 3:17 pm

      That’s the point, really. It’s easy to put our needs at the bottom of the list, but it’s important to prioritise self-care so we have fuel in the tank to help others. Hope you’ll give one or two of them a try! You don’t have to do it all! 😉

  2. 27 April 2015 / 10:57 am

    This is lovely and very important. We all need to take time out sometimes. I’m going to try take some ‘me-time’ every day this week!
    Yaz xo

    • 27 April 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Excellent! I’d love to hear how you get on. 🙂

  3. 3 May 2015 / 10:54 am

    Love this post. I’ll be using the tips this week. #mummymonday

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