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How to Maintain a Self-Care Routine When You’re Always Busy

How to Maintain a Self-Care Routine When You’re Always Busy

Forget milkshake duck — ‘self-care’ was definitely millennials’ word of choice in 2017. We’ve all heard the phrase at some point, but the mainstream media seems to have boiled it down to taking long bubble baths and spending all your hard-earned coin on expensive skincare.

How to Maintain a Self-Care Routine When You’re Always Busy

In reality, self-care is a practice undertaken at intervals of your choice that essentially lets you rest, recuperate and bring yourself back to equilibrium, whatever that practice might be. No matter whether you’ve got hours on end to yourself or struggle to find 10 minutes in the day, a self-care routine is totally accessible — it might just require a few little tweaks if you’re an on-the-go, hard working kind of gal.

Keep on reading to discover a few top tips for maintaining a solid self-care routine when you’re always busy.

1. Set out a time and day every week

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Ever heard of Self-Care Sundays? We’re all about ’em, as are a whole heap of successful, balanced people. Although it doesn’t have to be an entire day, or Sundays for that matter, setting aside a specific time and day each week for your self-care routine is vital. This gives you something to look forward to or be motivated by, plus it takes your busy life into account.

Whether you’ve got two minutes or an hour to spare, adding a little me-time into the week is incredibly important. Use it as a time to reflect and mentally recharge whilst accomplishing an activity that relates to body, skin or hair care. If you struggle with maintaining routines and regimens,

Here are a few tried-and-tested ideas for things to do during your self-care time:

  • Work through that complete, multi-step skincare routine that you only sometimes bother with. Start off with a cleanser and toner or mist, then applying a face mask. There are so many options to choose from, but our current faves include the Lonvitalite 24K Gold and Collagen Eye Masks for a little love under the eyes, or the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Face Masque to draw out impurities. Max time: 45 minutes.

 

2. Replace panic with pampering

Self-care routine Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Bath and Shower Gel

I’ve learned two really important things in the process of developing my self-care routine, the first being that length of time has very little bearing on how effective you can ‘balance yourself’ back out. The second is that panic in your day-to-day life is totally manageable, no matter how helpless you may seem when you’re in the middle of it. Next time you feel yourself starting to freak out — whether that be because of work, home stress or something else entirely — try taking a few minutes for yourself.

Instead of riding your freak-out wave, take some deep breaths and momentarily put your mind to something else. There are so many things you can use as a distraction, but if you’re a regular beauty junkie like me, these options are killer.

2 minutes: Apply a little of a nourishing hand cream with a gorgeous scent, rubbing your hands together and focusing on the feeling of it soaking in. We love the MOR Marshmallow Hand Cream ’cause it smells delicious.

15 minutes: Step into a warm shower and let the water clear your mind. Use your favourite body wash or soap — our go-to is the Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Bath & Shower Gel, as cinnamon warms the body. Wash your hair with your favourite shampoo, and apply a mask or conditioner such as the evo The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask.

30 minutes: Give your nails some special care if you’ve got a whole half-hour to spare. After all, with wet fingernails, you can’t reach for your phone, meaning a momentary social media detox (trust me, they’re far more beneficial than it may sound). Start off with a base coat like the NailsInc 2-in-1 Base and Top Coat, then reaching for your favourite shade. Pro tip: pick a blue, green or something subtle to encourage calmness, or a bright shade to help you feel a little happier.

3. Switch your self-care routine up

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Of course, your self-care routine shouldn’t consist just of beauty practices. From keeping a daily gratitude journal to dancing ’round the room to your favourite songs, anything that takes time for yourself is self-care. We know you’re busy, so don’t pack each week full of different practices — simply try one and see how it works for you. Simply make sure you’re prioritising yourself at least once a week to keep sane and fully balanced.

Here are a few more ideas, both beauty and non-beauty. that should help get the energy flowing back through you:

  • Meditate
  • Sit down and colour
  • Do a full-body scrub
  • Start your favourite book again
  • Make a playlist that’ll put you in a positive mood
  • Practice new makeup techniques
  • Clean a little corner of your room
  • Chat to a friend on the phone
  • Go for a leisurely walk
  • Organise something you’ve wanted to do for ages
  • Make a cup of tea or coffee and relax with it
  • Take a power nap

What does your self-care routine look like? Let us know how you take time for yourself over on Facebook or Twitter.



Charlotte

Charlotte

Writer and expert

I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.