Five Things I Do for Better Self Care

One thing that I’ve really been devoted to working on is my self care. Before school, I wasn’t much of someone who practiced it regularly. But since graduating, I’ve been really doing my best to not forget about it because overall happiness can definitely reflect on your practice of self care (I think).

Now, I don’t consider myself to be a self care expert, but I do my best to try to better myself during the week. I try to donate anywhere from ten minutes, to thirty minutes all the way to an hour or more a day doing something for myself. Since I’ve been doing that, I’ve found myself to be a lot happier and more productive. Here are the five things I do for better self care!

+ Step up the skincare

I have a very strict skincare routine that I follow now. Doing face masks is something that I love, and makes me feel a little more pampered. Whenever I’m having a rough day, I try to do a mask! My skin tends to freak out a bit when I’m stressed and may break out, so it’s even better for my skin to treat it accordingly. I’m currently using this Mario Badescu whitening mask and like to mix in a bit of tea tree oil for blemishes!

+ Exercise

This may sound crazy, but I don’t hate running. I use the ‘Couch to 5k’ app and I have nothing but great things to say about it. I don’t have a gym relatively close to where I live at the moment, so running has been my go-to form of exercise. Whenever I run, I find that it really helps clear my head and get a bit of adrenaline running. Right now I’m only doing around three miles everytime I go out, but I want to try to bump it up in the future.

 

+ Meditate

Meditating is something I’ve been doing on and off, but definitely, want to do it more often. I use the app Headspace. I do my best to do this either in the morning or at night. Starting, or ending, the day by meditating can really set the mood for the day, or help you fall asleep. I think I prefer doing it in the morning since I feel a lot more motivated and relaxed. Also, in today’s environment, with everything that has been going on, I find that meditating really helps with my anxiety.

+ Reading

If you guys didn’t know, I’m currently reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. I’m on the fifth right now and trying my best to finish all of them by the end of the month! I do most of my reading before bed, but if I have a show that I want to watch at night then I’ll try to read during the day. Reading really relaxes me, and I’ve always loved it because it’s like a movie in your head! I’m always open to book suggestions, so leave them below!

+ Disconnect

This is something that I am trying to do… whether it’s while watching a movie, television show, etc. I’m trying to disconnect for at least half an hour, or even more, during the week. Social media can make people feel anxious, compare themselves to others, etc. and taking the time to disconnect can really do you mind some good. I will admit that I have a social media addiction. I am constantly scrolling through Twitter or liking images on Instagram. I want to make the next move and try to disconnect at least one time a week.

What do you guys do to better your self care?

 

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  • Joanne

    Exercising truly does improve your mood (or life in general) by A LOT! You’re quite strong on running, you should be really grateful for that! Also, I turn to reading a lot, and I agree that disconnecting is SUCH an important and effective form of self care.
    Have a good week!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • I definitely am! I’m trying to get to a longer distance but who knows. Thank you Joanne, I hope you have a great weekend!

  • These are all great tips and things I need to remind myself to do! Great post!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  • Great tips, I just downloaded Headspace, can’t wait to use it!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • i very easily burn myself out as i really had to learn to take breaks and on a regular, i take me days. one day month just for me and doing what i love and that can be shopping and going for a yummy meal or staying at home and pampering myself.
    ❤︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

    • I feel your pain, I’m the same way. That sounds awesome! I definitely should try to do a me day.

  • Liv @ Healthy Liv

    Running is one of my very favorite forms of self-care too! That, and making time for really nourishing friendships, plus treating myself to ice cream/dark chocolate 🙂

    • YES DARK CHOCOLATE!! It’s the best!

  • I love couch to 5k! For me I’ve also been doing my best to disconnect, which can be SO hard at times.

    http://www.kaylainthecity.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    Meditating is so important! Love it!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • I really need to get into meditation, I keep trying my best but havent got into routine yet. Maybe one day! xx
    http://www.hairwonderfulday.com

    • Good luck!! I find doing it in the morning or at night is easier to get it into your routine 🙂

  • marissa ashcraft

    self care is so important. thank you for this post
    marissa
    onecrafdiygirl.com

    • You’re so welcome, Marissa!

  • Regine Karpel
  • Kim

    I have been telling myself to meditate for so long now but it’s hard to set aside time for it. I really need to buckle down! Thanks for the reminder!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    • You’re welcome!! Good luck 🙂

  • Self care is so so important, especially during this busy time of year! Thank you for this reminder

    • No problem! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • This is important. Love it!

    Good Vibes, Team Fox
    Stalk me @ http://www.rochellefox.com.au

  • I can agree 100% with all of these tips! Exercise is definitely my favourite form of self care, as well as disconnecting because social media can truly be a booster of stress levels from tim to time lol. Thank you so much for sharing girl:)

    maria (http://whatismaria.com)