Yeah yeah, we’ve all heard it by now: Self-care is majorly important for our minds and bodies.
As the name suggests, a daily self-care routine is all about doing things for yourself that make you feel calm and cared for. But between school, jobs, family, the news, and every other obstacle life throws at you, self-care tends to fall to the bottom of your list of priorities. Right behind that update that you never bothered to download on your phone.
We say it’s time to shuffle that list. Because Swank Co. is here to tell you that self-care doesn’t have to be a chore. Read on as we show you how to create a daily self-care routine that doesn’t take hours and tons of complicated steps. So you can feel good, without feeling stressed about feeling good.
1. Start Your Day with a Morning Meditation
Before you start your daily skincare routine or even get out of bed for that matter, you can get ready for your day with a morning meditation, even if it’s just a short one.
Meditation is a relatively simple step in your routine (you don’t even have to move, after all), yet for many of us, it can be the hardest part of our daily self-care routine. With all the distractions of modern life, asking your brain to just be quiet is a tall order.
The trick with meditation is to start small. Begin your practice with just 5 minutes a day and slowly work your way up from there. For those of us who simply can’t turn off our brains, guided meditation apps or YouTube videos can be a lifesaver. The internet is full of resources to guide you through this ever-so-important step.
For extra points, burn your favorite candles to fill your room with a refreshing scent as you let your worries drift away.
2. Make Your Bed
You heard us right. That thing your mother used to make you do? It’s actually an amazing form of self-care.
Making your bed is like a little love note to your future self. It shows that you care about how you’ll feel when you get back into bed. This in itself is a powerful form of self-love. Just think, wouldn’t your future self appreciate getting into a soft, smooth bed instead of a jumbled, tangled mess of sheets?
Beautiful, satin bedding will make your sleep all the more luxurious (and it’s also better for your hair). It’s the little things like this in your daily self-care routine that add up in a big way towards your overall sense of well-being.
3. Streamline your Daily Skincare Routine
Skincare is an integral part of self-care. But social media can trick us into thinking this involves tons of crazy steps and expensive products. We say short, sweet, and simple is the way to go when it comes to your skincare routine.
Gua sha massage kills two birds with one stone by promoting healthy lymphatic drainage while infusing your favorite products into your skin. Tie back your hair and use a jade roller or face massager to sweep your favorite product on your skin as you de-puff. Et voila, You’re ready to begin your day with a glow!
4. Decompress After a Long Day
Relaxing before bed is a non-negotiable step in your self-care routine. It clears your mind and promotes sound, restful sleep. Baths, yin yoga, cozy pajamas, and warm socks are some of our favorite ways to set the mood for a soothing night. Don’t forget your nighttime daily skincare routine to give your skin a bit of pampering overnight. Top off your look with a satin eye mask to block out any light for a night of deep, uninterrupted sleep.
With these simple self-care steps, you can start every day feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever life throws your way!
Sound off in the comments and tell us how you do self-care!