We all know about the importance of self-care, but whether you’re dealing with depression or just feeling extra worn-down, self-care can easily feel like too much. However, because self-care is all about doing what’s best for you in that moment, you can still incorporate a little self-care in your day, even when you’re feeling super sleepy. Here are some of our favourite ways to practice self-care on those low energy days.
Dial Your Regular Self-Care Down a Notch
The easiest way to transform your self-care for low energy days is to simply do what you usually enjoy, but just pare it down a bit. If you usually love a bubble bath, maybe settle for a foot soak or applying a little moisturizer. If reading is maybe more your thing, try listening to an audiobook instead.
If you don’t have enough energy for yourself, then you don’t have enough time for others. Recognizing that you need to cut back on some of your commitments and, instead, taking time to yourself is a simple but necessary way to practice self-care.
Opt for an Easy Snack
Just because you’re having a low-key day, doesn’t meant that your body doesn’t need fuel. Easy snacks perfect - we suggest opting for something that has a combination of protein and carbs like a smoothie or a snack bar. Pre-packed foods count, too! This is the perfect time for pulling out a box of mac and cheese, popping a frozen pizza in the oven, or making a sweet or savory microwave-friendly recipe.
Refresh with a Face Wipe
Feeling fresh can really make you feel a whole lot better, but sometimes a shower or bath just isn’t happening. If it’s one of those days, a quick wipe of your face (or body, too!) can help to give you a bit of a pick-me-up. Some of our top picks? Say Yes to Primrose 2-in-1 Moisturizer Wipes, YUNI Beauty Shower Sheets, and First Aid Beauty Caffeine Matcha Wake Up Wipes.
Be Honest with Yourself
Just like its important to say no and cut back on any obligations when you’re feeling burnt out, its also important to be honest with yourself about how you’re feeling and your limitations. Know that you’re low energy and give yourself permission to rest in the way that you need, rather than feeling guilty about the things you’re not doing.
Let Yourself Sleep
Sometimes, you really just need a good night’s sleep or a nap. If you’re feeling sleepy, allow yourself the time to sleep in, or just lay down for awhile, without guilt. It may not be the most exciting form of self-care, but it is a great practice of self-care, too.
Brush Your Hair
We truly do believe that helping yourself to feel a little more pulled together can do wonders for helping to lift your mood, which can make you feel a little bit brighter, even on low energy days. Grab a little leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, turn on a favourite T.V. show or catch up on some YouTube videos, and take a few minutes to pamper yourself.
While we’re sure you’ve heard how important it is to take care of your mind and body, we totally understand that getting in some light exercise isn’t always going to happen (even though it can help to boost your energy). For those days when you just want to do nothing, a quick 5-minute meditation can be a great way to look after yourself. Make sure you’re comfy when you do it, too - the more blankets and pillows, the better!
Opt for Cuddles
Warmth and connection can be incredibly comforting and restful. If you don’t have a furry friend or a human companion to curl up with, that doesn’t mean you can’t get totally cuddly. Snuggle up with a heating pack and a super soft blanket to reap all those cozy vibes.
Declare a Netflix and PJ Day
A go-to for self-care, sometimes you just need to make it an all-day affair. Rather than thinking you probably should get up and get dressed, just allow yourself to sink into the feeling of staying in your jammies all day. For your Netflix lineup, we recommend something lighthearted, like one of these mood-boosting flicks.
Reset with a Room Spray
We love aromatherapy, and a room spray can be a quick way to reset your mood and cleanse your space. Some of our favourites include Natura Soy’s Refresh Mist with ginger, clary sage, and Sicilian lemon, or Frequency’s Grounding Spray with patchouli, cedar and rosemary, as well as tree agate stones.
Take a Few Deep Breaths
It’s simple, but it’s effective. Just stopping and focusing on your inhale and exhale, and the expansion and contraction of your belly can help to calm your mind, and it may even help you feel a little more energized and focused, too!
Enjoy Some Dark Chocolate
Let’s face it - chocolate just makes you feel good! Because its packed with flavenols, dark chocolate is actually a healthy indulgence that helps to boost feel-good endorphins.