Caroline Byron perfect self-care rituals

My Perfect Self-Care Rituals

Sometimes we take on too much and need to relax, but it can feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Here’s how I fit some of my most perfect self-care rituals into my busy schedule.

Why it’s so important to de-stress

Most of us are always doing something. Whether that’s working, looking after children,  exercising or simply flicking through our instagram feed.

Our brains are always active and being challenged. Even when we’re not physically busying ourselves we’re often mentally planning the next day or worrying about personal goals. We need to make sure we’re taking time to switch off, relax and enjoy just ‘being’.

I eat to feed my body, I cook to feed my soul.

Cooking is fantastic for relaxing. It allows you to be creative and productive whilst giving you time to switch off, relax and reflect on your day. I love cooking stews and casseroles to give me optimum relaxing time. Chopping vegetables, preparing meat, slowly cooking and choosing sides… to me, there’s nothing more enjoyable.

Stress can often dull your senses, but as cooking is such a sensory experience it’s the perfect task to unwind. It keeps you active and your brain engaged on the task in hand, giving you time to distract yourself from the worries and troubles of everyday life.

Sharing a meal with your family and loved ones is a wonderful way to end your day. Unwinding over cooking means you can enjoy a relaxing meal, without feeling rushed and stressed.  

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An early night

Sometimes you’ve got nothing left to give the day. On these occasions you need to shut out the world and take an early night.

Whenever I do this I make sure I’ve got fresh linen on the bed, a good book and some lavendar under my pillow. This magical mix creates the most refreshing sleep.


Get Active

Being active is awesome for those times when our mind is racing but we’re physically tired. A good workout to get your heart pumping works wonders!

Whether I’m dancing to music in the house, meeting up with friends for a jog or going to a class, taking this time to focus on moving and having fun is amazing for clearing my head and keeping healthy.

At the moment I’m loving pilates classes at Equinox gym, NYC. Such a productive way to wind down.



This may seem over-simplistic, but never underestimate the power of a good scented candle. I’m addicted! A fantastic addition to a relaxing bath, a good read or even whilst making lists and organising my thoughts.

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Lighting my candles is a little self-care ritual that just puts my mind at ease. Having them in the background creates a relaxing vibe and really helps me switch off.


How do you unwind after a stressful day? Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I love hearing from you guys!

4 Simple Ways to Find Recipe Inspiration

Looking to stay healthy but stuck with a limited number of recipes? Eating the same foods over and over? Here are my tips for finding easy recipe inspiration.

Like everyone else I can sometimes struggle to think of new, exciting recipes. I’m someone who loves to try new things but to do this, and remain gluten-free, can be challenging. I’m always looking for recipe inspiration, new flavor combinations and new ways of doing things.

Old cookbooks

A really easy way to find recipes is to dig through old cookbooks.

Whenever I visit family members I always ask to rifle through their library. It’s a great way to find vintage recipes that have fallen out of fashion, but are delightful to reinvent.

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It’s really fun to take a classic and make it with your own vision in mind. Give it a modern day twist and update it to fit in with your dietary needs. My go-to cookbook is The Barefoot Contessa Cook Book – Ina Gerten.

Dip into different diets

Although I would never cut out dairy, carbohydrates or meat, I find dipping into these diets so useful for finding recipe inspiration.

There are so many amazing Vegan and Paleo Instagram accounts with such tasty flavor combinations. I know turning gluten-free caused me to look at food and meals in a completely different way, and tapping into this different mind-set will revolutionize your cooking repertoire.

Peruse menus

This is so good for developing more sophisticated flavors and recipes for soiree’s and dinner parties. Look at your favorite restaurants menus!

Sure, you may not be able to pull off dishes in exactly the same way, but looking for recurring themes and flavor combinations to imitate will really inspire your cooking. Or if you taste something new at a restaurant that you simply must have again, ask about it. Curiosity, after all, is the mother of invention.

Try new ingredients

An easy way to slowly build up your ingredients is to visit your local market more. They’ll have the freshest, most in-season fruit and vegetables. By going all year round you’ll discover less well-known raw ingredients which you can use the likes of Pinterest to explore and discover new recipes. Simple!

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Let me know how you find your own recipe inspiration, and any amazing recipes you’ve tried recently. Tag me on Instagram!