10 ideas for taking time for yourself

Self-care is all about the actions that you take for yourself in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve your health, wellbeing and wellness.

These techniques and lifestyle routines are what Boots Live + Be exists to complement and helping you take good care of your body, mind and soul every day. Reducing stress and taking time out when you need it, are just a few examples of self-care, keeping you healthy and resilient.

We know that me-time is not always top of your list: between busy social lives, stressful jobs and family obligations, putting yourself first is not easy and can sometimes make us feel guilty. So we’ve created a self-care guide with our top 10 recommendations for ultimate self-indulgence.

It’s important to make sure the self-care strategy works for you and it is key to implement them in your regular routine, so you can boost your wellbeing not only today, but every day. That’s why we at Boots Live + Be have designed a beautifully scented range of products that can be seamlessly introduced to your day-to-day schedule for little moments of mindfulness.

Mix up your daily routine in small ways to create new neural pathways in your brain to keep it healthy

Why not swap your morning shower for an evening bath? Our Bath Creams create a luxurious setting for a soak, whilst our Bath Fizzers swirl and marble in the soothing warmth whilst you take a moment for yourself. Shop our Bath and Shower range here

Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot.

Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been bugging you.

Punctuate your day with some mini-meditation: try one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings and sensations.

Afterwards, give yourself a healthy spritz of your favourite Boots Live + Be Body Mist to wrap your body in one of our beautiful scents. Depending on your choice of fragrance, you can end your mini-meditation with either thinking of something you’re thankful for, a quiet pause, a focus on the present moment, or an awareness of your breathing.

Be selfish, do one thing today just because it makes you happy.

If you want to miss work drinks for yoga (or miss yoga for drinks!): do it. If you want to take a break mid-washing up to go for a sunny stroll: do it. If you want to spend an evening alone, lathering yourself in your favourite Boots Live + Be Face and Body Mask in front of your latest Netflix binge-worthy series: do it. Life is all about balance.

Have a mini de-clutter: recycle or donate to charity three things from your wardrobe that you don’t love or regularly wear.

Unplug for an hour: switch everything to airplane mode and free yourself from the constant buzz of social media and emails.

Be still, sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.

Why not use our Woodland Whisper Hand Cream for a mini-moment of luxury at the same time? Its notes of fennel, coriander, cardamom and charcoal will complement your nature pause perfectly.

Take a quick nap: ten to twenty minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.

Write out your thoughts for fifteen minutes on anything bothering you. Then let it go as you burn or bin the paper.


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Boots Live + Be is an affordable indulgent bath and body range that is entirely vegan. Our purpose is to help you find time for self-care in your daily routine.

Our luxury bathing range contains all your daily essentials: hand wash, shower cream, hand cream and body mists; straight through to those more sumptuous treats: bath fizzers, face and body masks, whipped body creams and bath soak.

Our range has four fragrances, each carefully selected to support the practice of mindfulness every day. Our floral fragrance Beautiful Connection, with rosewood and peony notes, is for being thankful; our oriental fragrance, Captivating Pause, with notes of nutmeg and jasmine, is for taking the time to be still; our fresh fragrance, Awakening Glow, with citrus and mimosa notes, is to help you be absorbed in the here and now; our woody fragrance, Woodland Whisper, with notes of fennel and cardamom, is for you to focus on your breathing. Learn more about our fragrance stories here.

These beautiful scent and self-care stories are designed to help you understand which fragrance note you best connect with, to give you a sense of personal discovery. They give a sense of purpose, positivity and connection that works in harmony with our vegan products to keep you feeling clean and calm all day long, from top-to-toe.

Our Guide to Self-Care contains our top 10 tips for introducing self-care to your daily routine, to protect and maintain your health and wellbeing. Our bath and body products can be seamlessly implemented into your schedule for moments of mindfulness.

If you’re looking for a gift, why not check out our ‘Give the Gift of Mindfulness’ collections? These suggestions have been hand-selected to offer your loved ones a little treat: everyday essentials, bath time necessities and the ultimate indulgence. We have an online exclusive offer, too: get a free Boots Live + Be gift bag when you buy any three products from our luxury bath and body range – you can even mix and match!