The Valentine’s gift you need to give yourself: our top self care tips for busy women

While Valentine's Day is usually about showing love to others, it's just as important to show love to yourself! Here are some easy ways you can incorporate self-care into your day-to-day routine. 

The Valentine’s gift you need to give yourself: our top self care tips for busy women

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re sure you’re busy picking out the perfect card, making dinner arrangements and organizing your Galentine’s activities with friends. But while Valentine's Day is usually about showing love to others, it's just as important to love yourself. And that means practicing self care - not just on Valentine’s Day, but all year round.

Whether you’re a busy mom, college student or working girl, here are some ways you can incorporate self-care into your day-to-day routine. 

  1. Prioritize your sleep

In a world that praises being busy and always on the go, we often sacrifice our sleep. But you can't be at your best without getting enough rest! So start with the basics: aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and create a bedtime routine to signal to your body that it's time to relax. 

Turn off electronic devices like your TV and phone at least an hour before bedtime and make your sleep environment comfortable. When your mind and body are well-rested, you’ll be a million times better at caring for both others and yourself.

You every night at 10pm 😘
  1. Practice morning mindfulness

Start your day with mindfulness to set a positive tone for the day. Spend a few minutes doing meditation, deep breathing, or gentle stretching. This time is for you to center yourself before the demands of the day start. Mindfulness in the morning can help you focus, reduce stress, and improve your overall wellbeing for the rest of the day.

  1. Nourish your body with good food

Busy schedules can lead us to make quick and processed or sugary food choices, but taking care of yourself properly means eating well. Plan meals with a mix of nutrients and make time for healthy snacks. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day. Remember, the food you eat directly affects your energy levels and ability to handle stress. Your body is a temple and you should treat it like one! 

  1. Simplify your life by having your returns handled for you

Sometimes self care means putting the most time-consuming parts of your week on autopilot, wherever possible. Things like doing your weekly food shop online can make a huge difference to how much ‘you’ time you have throughout the week. But did you know you can now get your returns picked up from your doorstep too? 

With the ReturnQueen app, you can schedule your returns to be picked up from your doorstep even when you’re out and about - with no packaging, labeling, or posting required. Just schedule your pickup on the app, then sit back and let our drivers sort the rest. 

You can try the app out completely free of charge with a 7-day free trial - no strings attached! It’s the perfect Valentine’s gift to yourself, as not only will you get back all your refunds - you'll also get back precious energy and time. 

  1. Schedule ‘me time’

In the middle of work and social commitments, set aside specific time just for yourself. It could be as simple as reading a book, taking a long bath, or going for a walk to your favorite coffee shop. Treat this time as important as any other appointment. It's a chance for you to recharge, reflect, and connect with yourself. 😌

  1. Regular exercise

Exercise isn't just about staying fit; it's crucial for your mental health too, making it a super important form of self care. Find a form of exercise you enjoy, whether it's yoga, jogging, dancing, fitness classes, or just going for a long walk during your lunch break.

And remember, it’s all about consistency. You should make time to exercise at least three times per week. It’s not a chore, it’s a privilege, as the endorphin release you’ll get from exercising will make a huge difference to your mood and happiness for the rest of the day. 

Having cute workout clothes and equipment is always a great motivator!
  1. Try out a new hobby

Doing things you love outside of work adds balance and fulfillment to your life. Whether it's painting, gardening, playing an instrument, or any other hobby, make time for activities that bring you joy. Hobbies give you a break from daily demands and give you a sense of accomplishment. Plus, you can always get your friends or partner involved. How about trying weekly couples tennis lessons or booking a pottery painting class with your girls? 

  1. Unplug regularly

With technology being such a crucial part of our working and resting lives, it's important to take breaks from your screens every now and then. Disconnecting completely from technology every week gives your mind a rest and promotes a healthier work-life balance. Set specific times to unplug, like during meals, in the evening, or on weekends. 

  1. Start a gratitude journal

At the end of each day, take a moment to jot down three things that made you happy or that you're thankful for. It could be a small achievement, a pleasant interaction, or simply the sunshine streaming through your window. Focusing on the positive aspects of your life can shift your perspective and make you a happier, more contented person all year round.

  1. Connect with your loved ones every week

With Valentine’s day coming up, we just had to end with this tip. It’s so important to cherish your relationships, and strong connections with friends and family are crucial for your emotional wellbeing. This makes regular catch ups with your friends and family an important part of self care. 

No matter how busy your schedule is, make time for meaningful interactions with loved ones. Whether it's a phone call, a video chat, or a quick coffee date, social connections offer support and remind you that you're not alone in facing life's challenges.

Happy Valentine’s to you!

This Valentine's Day, make a promise to prioritize yourself. When you take care of yourself, you're way better equipped to succeed in your professional and personal life. And investing in your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing means investing in a happier life.

Start the journey of self care this Valentine's Day, and let it be the beginning of a year of commitment to taking care of yourself! 

Wishing you a happy Valentine’s from all of us at ReturnQueen. 💜