Hello! I thought i’d come back and do a little post on what self care strategies i use to calm down and cope, whether its day to day or every now and again.
I really struggled with self care last year, i felt guilty for taking time to make myself feel better. I almost didn’t think i deserved to feel better, But since seeing my therapist i’ve learnt that you have to look after yourself! We give so much time and energy to making everyone else happy that we neglect ourselves.
First off – Social media break
I take a break from Facebook and instagram for a few weeks every two/three months. I get so consumed by wondering what everyone else is doing and comparing my life to theirs. Instagram isn’t real life. Please always remember that. You only ever see the best bits and we all have those. So yeah, i delete the apps off my phone and have a detox for a week or two!
This is a huge self care for me. I find it really hard to sit and watch a film, i think i just can’t fully commit to knowing i’ll have to sit down and focus on a film for so long, especially when i already know what’s going to happen. As for reading – I just get lost in a book. Everything else disappears and i can fully engross myself into the story, i love it! I read a few times a day now, Usually i sit somewhere quiet on my lunch break and read and also once i’m home i have a little read and then before i go to sleep. At the end of last year i joined a library, to save money.
Walk/going to the beach
Our beaches are my favourite places to go. There is nothing better for me than breathing in the fresh air, looking out at sea and collecting sea glass and shells. My ultimate favourite!
I love a bit of skin care.. It’s especially a good idea to do a face mask before a shower, so you can’t change your mind about showering ! Although i do have Contact Dermatitis so i can’t just use any old face mask or cleanser! I have to use Dermalogica, which is amazing but super expensive. Although i have used a nip + fab face mask and they are amazing. I’m hoping i can switch to that brand and save myself a lot of money!
I do take a lot of pride in my skin and i do not wear make up unless i’m having a drink/it’s an occasion, this is just my personal preference.
Writing down your feelings
I used to really enjoy journalling but i think since i’ve been sharing so much on twitter, i don’t use it as much.
This is a really good idea to take out and about with you though, especially if you’re anxious about going away, then you have your journal with you to write down how you’re feeling, it does help!
For me, music is a huge mood influencer. Even just stick the radio on if you’re feeling your mood begin to change. I’m not saying it’ll cure your moods, I’m just saying that you can’t beat a little bop around whilst listening to your favourite music.