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12 Wellness & Self-care Activities You Need to Start Doing ASAP

From meditation to holiday planning, these are our top wellness and self-care tips that will have you looking good from the inside, out.

With busy work, family and social lives running us off our feet, it’s critical to set aside a little me-time to stay our best and brightest selves. Whether you're working too much or playing too hard, sometimes you just need a break away from the daily grind to stop you burning the candle at both ends.

This break doesn't need to be a holiday escape. It is in your everyday routine where you can implement small changes to help you achieve more of a wholistic balance between your mind, body and soul.

So whatever your goal, be it to lower your stress levels, lift your motivation and drive, lose weight, detox, or simply relax and unwind, each of our self-care tips is designed to make you look and feel lighter, brighter and infinitely better. 

Get ready to relax, recharge and reinvigorate yourself through our wellness guide.

Plan Your Next Holiday

With lockdown getting us down, we're all looking for wanderlust inspiration to keep us motivated to do the right thing, and collectively make it out of this pandemic situation, stronger together. Making exciting plans for the future is the perfect way to keep your spirits high and have something to look forward to.

For a health-focussed sojourn, a yoga retreat provides the perfect place to get away and zen out. Or for wildlife warriors, there are plenty of beautiful eco-friendly, conservation-led escapes where you'll stay amongst nature and get up close and personal with the furry locals.

If self-care, to you, is more about good food and good wine, book in a stay at one of Australia's best wineries, where you'll sip and sleep amongst the vines. And, to just feel the wind through your hair and make the most of the borders (eventually) reopening, pack the car for an Aussie road trip you'll never forget.

Look Good to Feel Good While You Workout

Whether your chosen workout space is the gym, yoga, beach or even just at home in your living room, why not exercise in gear that’ll keep you supported and make your feel stylish at the same time? There is nothing like looking good to help you feel good. 

Break a sweat in style with beautiful training gear from Aussie label sōlo the staple. Fashion-forward yet functional, these are the activewear that you won't want to take off in a hurry. From the sweats and the leggings, to the tanks and shorts, they're all good. But, for those feeling a little adventurous, we suggest picking up one of their uber-cool bodysuits.

Carlotta + Gee
Carlotta + Gee
Create a Relaxing Sleep Space

Getting enough, quality sleep is a daily battle but it is one that is worth the fight. By striking the right balance you'll see an upswing in your energy, mood and overall health. It's not just about getting to bed early enough each night, it is also about your bedroom set up. You need to make sure your mattress provides sufficient support, your bed linen is breathable, and there is good ventilation.

When it comes to bedding, you want something supportive yet soft and smooth. Carlotta + Gee's beautiful range of linen bedding will have you waking up each morning feeling good, and looking good!

Nourish Your Body

Even with a working health routine in full swing, your body may not get all the nutrients it needs to function at its best. To further support your healthy diet and exercise regime, there are vitamin supplements that can help. To give your health a vita-boost, JS Health's 'Frankie' vitamin bundle might just be what you need. The bundle includes their nutritionist-developed formulas to help with things like hair, energy, skin, digestion, bloating, and metabolism.

Learn Meditation

With our lives busier and more pressure-driven than ever, we can often forget what it means to be truly in touch with ourselves. And whilst the concept of mindfulness and meditation can be overwhelming to some, once you’ve mastered the art, your day can go from drab to fab without so much as a yoga class in sight.

To help you put wellness first, we have five simple steps to help you achieve a more mindful state each day, that will ensure you're productive, successful and entirely stress-free.

Get Your Skincare Routine Down

Nothing says self-care and wellness like looking after your skin. And if you haven't already got your skincare routine sorted, it's never too late! In Australia, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to popular beauty brands with iconic products, and awesome beauty podcasts to help us create a fully personalised routine for our skin.

Be More Environmentally Minded

When you do good, you feel good. When it comes to self-care and your wellness, doing something for someone else or having a positive impact on a bigger problem can elevate your mood and uplift your spirit unlike anything else can.

From recycling to eliminating food waste, there are so many little things you can incorporate into your everyday life, as part of self-care, that will positively impact your carbon footprint and help you do your bit for the environment. 

Even when you clean, keep the environment top of mind by using products like Cove. Having already reduced their packaging to carry 75% less water, their cleaning formulations are non-toxic, have no harsh chemicals, and are all cruelty-free, and vegan.

Unsure of where to start? We have a list of zero-waste Instagrammers that you can take inspiration from.

Inject Some Greenery into Your Home

From lush foliage to prickly gems, there is something to be said for having plants in your home. Not only are they an easy way to style up your interiors, they also provide so much natural goodness.

From the pain relief benefits of Aloe Vera to English Ivy and its ability to filter airborne toxins, indoor plants can improve our overall health and well-being in so many ways.

And yes, there are many among us who struggle to keep these green beauties alive, but with our round-up of the best and hardiest house plants, you’re all but guaranteed to earn yourself green thumb status. 

Photography By Amy Carroll; Design By Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography By Amy Carroll; Design By Sarah Sherman Samuel
Get Organised

Now that we are spending more time at home, things that normally didn't bother us about our home organisation (or lack there of) is starting to bother us. From the kitchen junk drawer to the messy hallway table, all of this clutter adds to your stress levels, and can become overwhelming.

Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo's book and get tidying! Get started in commonly-used areas like your kitchen pantry and bathroom, before moving to your bedroom. As you tidy each room, you'll feel a literal weight lift off of your shoulders.

If you haven't heard of the KonMarie Method, don't fret! We've broken down her tried, tested and celebrated organisation method, and you can click here to find out all about it.

Eat Well

It doesn't matter how many meditations or yoga sessions that you do, if your diet doesn't provide you with all the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs then you do not have a balanced wellness plan.

It can be challenging to always come up with fun yet healthy meals to keep you interested and motivated to eat well. From filling breakfast dishes and healthy snacks, to energy-boosting lunches and guilt-free dinners, we have a plethora of healthy recipes to inspire you to nourish your body and practice culinary self-care.

Max van den Oetelaarm Unsplash
Max van den Oetelaarm Unsplash
Stay Positive and Motivated

There is no denying that there are some major obstacles we need to overcome to achieve our 2020 health and fitness goals. If you are anything like us and saw this year as your opportunity for personal growth, don't let these setbacks stop you. As easy as it is to give up on them until 2021, we liked to think that we are better than that. 

To help keep you motivated and positive, here are six things you can do today:

  1. Plan your exercise sessions
  2. Take regular work breaks to boost productivity
  3. Prioritise your mental health
  4. Set up a home workout space
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Keep an eye on your calorie intake

Keep Moving

Paired well with a good diet, exercise is an integral part of self-care and wellness. By moving your body each day it gives you an outlet to set and smash goals, boosts your endorphins and keeps you in good health. 

Depending on where you live in Australia, you may not be able to get to your local gym, pool or park to exercise right now. But never fear, there are a tonne of fitness studios, personal trainers and gyms setting up virtual workout spaces for you to sweat it out in your living room. We have scoured the interwebs and rounded up the best home workouts for you to try today! Or tomorrow...or whenever motivation strikes you.

Loving our wellness guide and self-care tips? Be sure to check out our 5 step guide to mindfulness, our pick of the best yoga retreats in Australia and helpful tips to reducing food waste in your home.