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!
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.
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.
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!
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?