What Is Self Care And How Do You Do It? Our Favourite YouTubers Explain
5 December 2016, 15:46 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:38
Here's some vital information and inspiration.
"Self care" is a term you might have seen being used in YouTube videos, on social media and in articles. Self care has quickly become the thing we're all trying to achieve and making space for on our ever-growing to do lists. But rather than being a bit of a fad, self care is a concept which makes time for you and your mental health and encourages you to, well, take care of yourself.
today i'm gonna focus on self-care & do things that make me smile - not to distract me from our reality, but to sprinkle my own magic on top— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) November 10, 2016
It sounds so easy, right? But when you're drowning in studies and/or work, seeing friends, family duties and not to mention the mundane stuff in life like cleaning and life admin then looking after ourselves becomes last on the list. Self care is more about making sure your hair looks neat and getting an early night once in a blue moon, it's about keeping your mental health in check - no matter whether you suffer from mental health problems or not.
YouTubers - who have pioneered mental health awareness as we discussed recently - are always encouraging their fans to make sure they put some time in for self care and talking about what they get up to during their vital self care time. Practising self care isn't about going on a shopping spree (but it could be) or doing something that takes up a whole lot of time- a relaxing shower, your favourite chocolate bar or a walk at lunch time are amazing examples of self care.
Here's a few examples of what our YouTube faves do when they need some self care time:
a little bit of self care goes a long way. had my nails done + mindfulness meditation + a bath last night and I feel so light today— Lex Croucher ✨ (@lexcanroar) April 27, 2016
Started running again this morning. So begin 31 days of intense self care and good habit developing!— Rosianna (@papertimelady) October 20, 2014
Self care. pic.twitter.com/jgYHWWilIj— Rosianna (@papertimelady) April 8, 2016
doing disney alone was good self care for me last year, plus you can use single rider lines and only have to queue for 5 mins!— Rowan Ellis (@HeyRowanEllis) June 26, 2016
Gunna do some self care stuff tonight because stress levels are again. Face mask, wine, SATC box set— Callie (@CallieThorpe) July 15, 2016
Q is What takeaway shall I have?
*slips into bed at 10:30pm with a caffeinated beverage* SELF CARE— Jake Edwards (@jakeftmagic) November 6, 2016
Today's self care; galaxy chocolate and a cuppa tea, a new Netflix series, a calming room spray & burning sage— Gracie (@GraceFVictory) November 16, 2016
Looking for more info? Everyone from Grace Victory to Tyler Oakley and Laci Green have made some awesome videos that will inspire you and help you think about what you need to do to make sure you're the very best version of you.
What are your top tips for self care? Let us know in the comments below.