Back today with a quick post on my ‘Self-Care Saviours’. I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve been feeling a bit down the last few days probably mainly on account of this gloomy weather. I’ve just hit a slump but that is A Okay because I know how to make myself feel better in this situation.
The term ‘Self-Care’ is used so frequently on social media lately and I am so glad that it is getting the recognition it deserves. I know how important ‘Self-Care’ is for my own mental health personally. I try to set aside a couple of times a week where I practice ‘Self-Care’ and I’m going to run through a few of my favourite things to do in this post so I hope you enjoy and get some ideas for yourself x
(1) Tea, tea and more tea
Starting very basic here but there’s very little that tea can’t solve or at least help in my eyes. If I’m feeling anyway down, I make myself the biggest cup of tea in one of my fave mugs. Tea always does the trick or softens the blow at least!
I light my favourite candle in my bedroom which is this Aldi candle at the min! It smells insane and definitely helps me relax! I don’t spend big money on candles because I go through them so often but you can guarantee that I always have one or two on the go! Generally, I reach for vanilla, almond or lavender scents. The addiction is real.
(3) Pamper Routine
If I’m having an off day there’s nothing I love more than a pamper routine! I’ll start by running a bath with one of my favourite lush bath bombs. I light a candle and stick a good face mask on! I’ve loved the ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ from Lush for years. It’s great when my skin is having a moment and I’m breaking out. Luckily that doesn’t happen too often as I keep on top of my Image skincare routine (Blog post covered on this in the past). Then the ‘Image Vital-C’ facemask (pictured below) is great when my skin has cleared up and I just want to get a nice glow back to my skin. Both firm favourites of mine for years and ideal for a pamper evening. I always feel better after a good soak in the bath and come out feeling a lot calmer and more relaxed.
I’ve gotten quite in to journaling since the start of this year! I picked up this cute one in New Look in the January sales. I try to be consistent writing in it every night if not every second night. I find what works best for me is writing down how my day went, including the good parts and the bad parts. Then I go on Instagram and search hashtags or Pinterest and try find a suitable quote to match how my day went. I’ll include a few as examples. I find they keep me motivated and serve as a message to take out of the bad days and the good days. Some of my personal favourites are,
- ‘When you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance’
- ‘You’re exactly where you need to be right now’
- ‘Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere’
- ‘Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up with more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough’.
While we’re on the topic of quotes, I love following @little_penny_thoughts on Instagram for quotes inspo. This lady has such a way with words. I’m so excited to be going to her @Wellnessfromwithin2020 workshop next month for all things mindset, fitness, food and goals inspo.
I try to always have a book on the go also. I’m actually re-reading Oprah Winfrey’s book ‘What I know for sure’ at the minute. It’s such an easy read and I find it so motivating. Generally, I fill out my journal and then read a chapter or two of the book I’m reading at the time, before bed. It helps to stop my mind wandering and reduces my anxiety. It also helps me shut off so I find it easier to get to sleep then. As the saying goes ‘ The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’.
For an other option rather than reading a book, I love listening to podcasts. They really help me unwind and keep my mind off whatever it is that is getting me down that day! Podcasts that I reach for most are ‘@TheGoodGlow’ by Georgie Crawford and ‘@OwningIt The Anxiety Podcast’ by Caroline Foran. I find both women really inspirational and a breath of fresh air to listen to. Would definitely recommend checking them both out if you haven’t already.
Gonna round up this post here. I hope you’ve enjoyed and have picked up some ideas for yourself along the way. I think it’s important to acknowledge when you’re having a bad day and not make yourself feel worse about it. Self-care is so important on these days however when you’re having a good day and just want some me time it is still just as important. As the saying goes, ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first’.