Self-care for the Self Employed

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Self-care is something I have thought a lot about in the last couple of weeks. I even wrote a bit about my struggles to find the time to unwind some days ago. And it is like the universe is trying to tell me something because everywhere I turn, it is a well-being blog post video, or podcast. I find it very hard to remember to care for myself because I am busy caring for everyone and everything else. But I had a reality check some days ago, and I have decided to focus on my well-being a lot more in order to get things done effectively and to be in the right frame of mind.

A happy, healthy person is a go-getter, but it can be very tricky to care for yourself when you are self-employed. When you work for yourself, from home, you will likely find it so hard to switch off. I know I do. I find it hard to get my mind off my work. I find myself working every spare moment I get, even late in the evenings and weekends. And when I am not working, I am thinking about what I need to do. But I have now realised I am doing myself a disservice by not relaxing. So I have decided to take action. Here are some ways I will be looking after me some more:



My daily steps target is 10,000. Some days I am close to hitting my target, I exceed the target on few days, but most days I struggle to get past 8,000 steps. I will continue to aim to hit my daily target of 10,000 steps. Going for long walks and jogging helps me hit the easily so I will be doing more of that when I can.

Apart from daily steps, I will also continue my Fitness Blender workout on YouTube. The feeling after a good work out is heavenly, no wonder many are addicted to working out. Besides the amazing feeling and what it does to my body, I am more productive after a good work out session or after a good jog.

Many self-employed people work from home, and hardly get the time to go out, which is so bad for their health. The first step in self-care is to have daily exercise, and get out of the house some more.



Sometimes I can work for 4 hours straight without stopping to take a drink of water. Many times, I skip a meal while working. This is sad but it is the reality for many self-employed people. The hustle is real, and it is a jungle out there, but food and water should not be forgotten because of work. Our diet plays a major role in our health and state of mind, so we all have to pay attention to it. Eating small portions of food and drinking regularly is the way forward.


Regular Breaks

Taking regular breaks while working is needed. Usually, I find myself working on the couch for hours at a stretch with no breaks. This is horrible for my health and productivity. I find that when I do take regular breaks, I achieve a lot more and I feel better too. So I could write a post for an hour, then do some household chores for 20 minutes that involves moving around the house, and then send some emails for another 30 minutes. Regular breaks with some activity helps greatly.


Beauty Sleep

I have written a few times about the importance of having our beauty sleep, but I need to take my own advice a bit more. I don’t sleep as many hours as I should, and that has to change. A good night sleep almost guarantees a good day, so it is important we get sleep for as many hours as we need to be productive.

Having power naps during the day also work for some but it doesn’t for me. It makes me feel weird for a good few hours when I wake from a power nap, so I only have 1 if I had no bad night, up with the kids, and so on.


Schedule Some ‘Me’ Time

Scheduling some ‘me’ time is so important for our well-being and I rarely schedule time just for myself, but going forward, I am going to start scheduling some time regularly just for myself. We all need some time to cool off and recharge our batteries, doing what we love to do.


How are you? How do you look after yourself?


5 Foods for Great Skin

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I have started paying extra attention to my skin. I guess the fact that I am turning 30 in a couple of months is dawning on me. I thnk my skin is lovely, if I say so myself, lol. But I would like to improve it in general. Beautiful and healthy-looking skin is the way forward.

In addition to keeping a strict skin care routine and using the right beauty products, I pay attention to what I eat too. This is because eating the right kind of food plays a major role in having beautiful skin. A healthy diet is important as it provides vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that will help rejuvenate your skin and give it that healthy glow. I guess you can say that you can actually eat your way to great skin, because you can!
There are many foods out there that are particularly beneficial for the skin. So I picked 5 yummy food items you can quickly prepare and munch on – and perhaps do a little something extra with too. Here they are:
1.    Dark chocolate
I found this the most surprising item on this list. Who would have thought that dark chocolate could be great for the skin!
Dark chocolate made up of 70 percent cocoa contains a powerful antioxidant called flavonol. This antioxidant fights free radicals and protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Another awesome thing about dark chocolate is that it helps the skin get hydrated. This is good news as skin needs moisture.

Fun fact: Did you know that applying melted dark chocolate on your face reduces puffiness? You can say it makes a delicious face mask. Speaking of chocolates, I have a chocolatey giveaway running at the moment. Have you entered?
2.    Oats
If you’re among those who don’t eat porridge, now is your time to reconsider. Oats are extremely nutitious and beneficial to the skin. It contains high level of calcium, magnesium, protein and potassium. It also contains Vitamins E and B which are really great for the skin. It keeps the skin glowing and healthy.
Fun fact: Oats can be used as a scrub to exfoliate the skin. It can also be used to make a moisturizing face mask.  It helps restore skin moisture and reduce inflammation which makes it great for acne. I suffered a lot from acne while growing up, and I hated it.

I didn’t suffer from acne alone. Many of my friends stuggled with acne too and some even have the acne scars as proof. So it is good to know there is now a Laser Acne Scar Removal Treatment available for those who have acne scars. Pulse Light Clinic now offers this treatment, which I think is amazing. The treatment can be carried out on surgical or acne scars anywhere on the body, including the face. There is no down time needed, and you should only experience a mild discomfort.

Check out this video showing a patient having the Laser Acne Scar Removal Treatment in Pulse Light Clinic London

3.    Walnuts
A handful of walnuts a day supplies you a good dose of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which are both great for the skin.
Walnuts help in improving skin elasticity. This makes the skin very soft. It also contains copper which aids in collagen production. This makes the skin nice and smooth. I will be chewing a lot of walnuts this summer, hahaha.
4.    Tomatoes
Now I personally do not like chewing tomatoes. I find them blah but I have been informed of the skin benefits of eating a tomato a day, or drinking a glass of tomoto jucie every day. If you want your skin to have that youthful glow, then make sure you make room for tomatoes in your diet. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is an anti-aging antioxidant. Interestingly, lycopene gets absorbed by the body easily when it is cooked or processed.
Drinking tomato juice can make dull-looking skin come alive. It also makes the skin smooth. Tomato juice is an ideal drink for the summer as it can protect the skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. In fact, an 8 ounce glass of tomato juice contains the sun protection factor (SPF) of 5. Isn’t that great?
Fun fact: Tomatoes can also be applied topically. It helps lighten dark spots caused by acne.
5.    Yogurt
Thanks to the protein content in yogurt, it’s a great wrinkle-fighter. Protein helps makes the skin firmer which in turn helps eradicate fine lines on your skin and makes your skin smooth. To get a double dose of these benefits go for Greek yogurt because of its high level of protein.
Fun fact: Yogurt, when applied to the skin, helps reduce the appearance of acne.

I will be eating a lot of these foods now, I need to step up my diet/skicare routine.

What are your thoughts on this?


*This is a collaborative post.

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