Self-care is more than staring at the beautiful scenery in Burnaby, BC (although that can certainly be a part of it). For a moment, press “Pause” on your busy life, and ask yourself this:

When was the last time you did something just for yourself?

If you picture what “self-care” looks like, you might see a bathtub full of bubbles or yoga asanas. But in reality, self-care looks different for everybody.

For some, it’s spending the day at the spa; for others, it’s taking a nap. No matter what your self-care routine looks like, one thing stays the same: You deserve a break.

Take a step back from your busy life, and start putting yourself first. It’s time to practise some self-care. We’ve put together a list of activities that will reduce stress and improve your well-being:

Discovering How To Take Care of You

If you seldom make the time for self-care, you might not know where to start. To find out what you need, try this exercise:

Imagine that you start your day as usual. You’re getting ready to leave for work when suddenly you get a phone call—your shift is cancelled. Suddenly, your whole day opens up. There are no appointments to attend or errands to run; you’re free to spend your time however you choose.

What’s the first thing you picture doing?

That is what activity #1 should be on your self-care list.

If you need more prompting, here’s a rundown on different types of self-care:

  • Emotional. Taking care of your emotional state and doing activities that ease your mind.
  • Physical. Meeting your needs by exercising, eating right, and sleeping well.
  • Social. Spending time with people in your life that you care about.
  • Mental. Minding your mental health through therapy, problem-solving, and/or learning.

Now, let’s get into the activities you can do in Burnaby to take better care of yourself:

Visit the Burnaby Public Library (Bob Prittie Metrotown)

If you’re a lover of literature, your self-care routine might look like this: You, curled up on the couch, a steaming mug of coffee/tea/cocoa beside you, and a good book on your lap. 

Starting a new book is always exciting. Do you reach for mystery novels? Romance books? Or thrillers? You’re sure to find something at the Burnaby Public Library. Spend some time browsing the shelves until you find one that jumps out at you.

Treat Yourself to a Tasty Meal

Feeling peckish? There are plenty of delicious diners to choose from. Take the night off cooking, and venture to one of your favourite restaurants instead. 

For something savoury, stop by La Villetta Ristorante or Hua Xi Noodle Specialist. If you have a sweet tooth, Adam’s Crepes will make your mouth water. If you don’t feel like going out (or getting out of your pajamas), order delivery!

Spend the Day at Deer Lake Park

It’s amazing what fresh air can do for your mental health. If the weather is right, why not go to one of Burnaby’s best parks for the afternoon? Lounge around Deer Lake Park, and watch the sun sparkle on the water. Or, take a stroll down one of the leisurely walking trails.

Check In With Yourself

Sometimes, self-care can be hard; it isn’t the breezy pampering session that we picture it to be. It can be challenging to be present with yourself, but it’s an essential part of self-care. 

Ask yourself how you’re really doing. It might help to dig out your journal and jot down your thoughts.

Is there something you need that you aren’t getting? Maybe you need more sleep at night—maybe you’re feeling frustrated with your job. Try to be honest with yourself here; it’s the key to making lasting changes and improving your quality of life.

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With all the activities you have planned, you don’t have time for shaving, plucking, or waxing. You’re looking for a hair removal method that lasts. What you need is laser hair removal. 

At Spotless Laser Medical Aesthetics, we offer treatments that are comfortable and effective. For a smooth, satiny, and hairless skin, book a laser hair removal treatment at our clinic today.