What comes to mind when you see the word “self-care?” Do you automatically relate it to skincare? Do you think of Instagram beauty hacks? Well, you’re not wrong. After all, taking care of your physical appearance is one good way to practice self-care—especially if you genuinely believe good skin improves confidence, self-worth and emotional well-being.
But what if you didn’t feel better even after making yourself look better? If skincare didn’t work, how would you practice self-care then?
Step 1: Put your phone in airplane mode
More than a year into remote work, you probably still get confused about when to stop working. You get too caught up in finishing your deliverables that you always end up losing track of time. But here’s a solution: Set an alarm that reminds you to put your phone in airplane mode. Ideal starting time should be between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., but it still depends on your work schedule.
Disabling people from contacting you for a couple of hours every night is not being rude—not when a digital detox will help you realign with your core. Look at it this way: Putting your phone in airplane mode is like finally being able to kick off your shoes and remove your socks after a tiring day at work. It’s making time for yourself and ultimately putting yourself first.
Step 2: Light a few candles (or dim the lights)
Researchers claim that when the light-sensitive cells in your retinas detect darkness, they will immediately signal your brain to sleep. Yup, lighting stimulates sleep. So we recommend surrounding yourself with candles for at least an hour before going to bed. Apart from providing a good night’s sleep, candles (specifically scented ones) also increase focus, improve mood and even calm anxiety. Don’t leave your candles burning all night though, if you still want to wake up to your house intact.
This candle from Yankee Candle has a sweet vanilla scent with hints of creamy coconut and lily of the valley. These are aromas that uplift mood, get rid of negative thoughts and curb food cravings. You may purchase it via the SM Malls Online app for P1,999. It’s also available in sheer linen, sea salt lavender, dark berries, citrus grove and shore breeze.
Now if you’re one who can’t sleep without lights on, dim or bluish lights are your best bet. But always remember that artificial light, no matter how dim, may manifest awakeness and eventually disrupt your circadian rhythm.
Step 3: Watch (or re-watch) films in your comfiest PJs
You’ve already heard about comfort food… but have you ever heard of a comfort film? In a nutshell, it’s the movie you’d want to watch over and over after a looong day—something that would make you smile and feel giddy even when it feels like the world’s ganging up on you. But the question is: How does watching help with self-care?
Sometimes, films give us the kind of comfort not even our friends could provide. They serve as a temporary escape from reality, which is why comfort films are usually feel-good or rom-com flicks. But if it makes you feel lighter after crying, then maybe angsty movies with happy endings would be better for you.
If you want a mini home theater experience using only your smartphone, you may use this Luckies of London Smartphone Projector from Quirks Novelties & Curiosities. It fits phones up to a maximum size of 80mm x 160mm and 3.2 x 6.2 inches and magnifies the screen for up to eight times. Get it for P1,250 via the SM Malls Online app.
Step 4: Drink warm water before sleeping
Drinking warm water before going to bed will help increase blood circulation, boost metabolism, improve digestion and flush out unwanted toxins from your body. It will also keep you hydrated all night, making it easier to wake up with a good mood the next day.
A fair warning though, don’t drink too much as it heightens the possibility of increasing your urine output at night. And instead of helping you sleep better, having a repeated urge to pee will likely interrupt your sleep cycle. One glass every night should be good enough (and ideally another glass or two as soon as you wake up).
This triple-insulated tumbler from Corkcicle can keep your water warm for approximately three hours. It has a shatterproof, see-through lid and a slip-proof silicone base. Besides rose quartz, it’s also available in turquoise, white, matte black, seafoam and olive. Order now via the SM Malls Online app for only P1,790.
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