Although you might be a little more likely to think of a soak in a bath as self-care, you can certainly up-level your shower time to make it an experience of self-care, working to relax your mind and nourish your skin.
While technology is awesome for so many things, from connecting with others and creating community, to learning new things, to providing a sometimes much-needed distraction, spending too much time on your phone or computer can lead to muscle pain in your neck, shoulders, and back, increased anxiety and feelings of isolation, headaches, trouble sleeping, and difficulty with remaining focused. If you're starting to feel like you're always attached to your phone, feeling like you're not truly present in offline life, or find that social media is leading to feelings of comparison that are making your feeling less-than-great about yourself rather than supporting you, it might be time to think about taking some time to intentionally unplug. Here are some tips to help you do a digital detox in a way that is manageable and sustainable, to help you get back into balance with your use of technology.
We love how easy podcasts are to listen to, and think they're a great way to add a little extra self-care to whatever you're doing. While we've previously put together our favourite podcasts for self-care, chronic illness, and mental health, podcasts can also be used to help soothe you into slumber. These podcasts are specially designed to help your mind wander and relax, so that you're able to fall asleep more easily. If you're someone who deals with insomnia regularly, they can also help provide you with a bit of comfort and company on difficult nights.
It's no surprise that being around animals can be great for your mental health, from helping to reduce stress and anxiety and boost your mood. If you're not able to be around a pet in your life - or are simply needing a dose of cute pictures and videos, we've put together some of our favourite animal accounts on Instagram to take your mind of whatever is going on, and help you remember what is important.
Looking for a gift for a special mom this Mother's Day? Why not choose a gift that encourages this mom to take a little me time and unwind, allowing them to refill their own cup before pouring into others. To help you out, we've put together a list of some of our favourite self-care gift options to help mom feel loved and pampered.