Self care should be a part of all of our lives and daily routines but we have to remember that self care looks different for everyone. Whilst someone might consider a relaxing bubble bath with candles and a book a valid form of self care, someone else would rather go for a run or head to the gym for a banging workout. Which is also valid. And self care certainly doesn’t have to mean the big things either, the actively taking time out of your day to do some sort of “self care activity”. Basic self care is just as important and over the last few years – when I’ve learnt what self care actually is and how valuable it is – I’ve gradually started to incorporate into my day, every day, without even thinking about it anymore.
Drinking enough water
I automatically started doing this as soon as my anxiety started. Water calmed me, I felt less anxious when I had a bottle of water with me or was holding a bottle in my hands. Sounds weird but water is calming yo and it took an anxiety diagnosis for me to really realise that. Sipping water made me feel better when I was anxious as heck and still does. But ultimately, that’s resulted in me just naturally drinking a shed load of water! So I’m never dehydrated and I always drink enough throughout the day, which is super important for mental and physical health.
Keeping a sort-of journal
At the beginning of this year, I made a feeble attempt at creating a bullet journal. I quickly realised that I wasn’t creative enough, nor did I have the patience of a Saint to do all the “fussy” stuff that bullet journal’s require. So although it’s basically now just a glorified notebook, I still love it and I use it to document a bunch of stuff, including my blogging schedule (which is colour coded depending on the topic – I’m aware I sound like Monica Gellar but colour co-ordination makes me very happy), what films I’ve watched, what books I’ve read and a monthly “happy things” page, where I make a note of any nice moments which has happened that month.
Wake up earlier
I’ve gradually learnt the benefits of waking up earlier and now, I cannot bare to sleep in! It makes me feel physically awful and mentally, my gosh, it turns me into a zombie. I hate feeling like I’ve wasted the day to the point where because I’ve always wasted half of it, I might as well waste the other half. So I don’t end up doing anything. We stayed at my boyfriend’s parents house a few months ago and I accidentally slept in until gone midday and I genuinely spent the rest of the day more or less staring at the ceiling. It was awful. Waking up earlier makes me feel good, so I’ve made an effort to ensure that happens. Self care = done.
Do Yoga every day
I mean, I can’t do Yoga every single day of my life but I aim to do it every day I realistically can, when there’s not a day trip, an illness or anything else in the way. I started Yoga when my anxiety started because I heard it helped. I bought some DVD’s and enjoyed them for a while but I slowly fell out of love with it, until I found Yoga With Adriene on YouTube and she completely and totally made me fall in love with Yoga, with being kind to my body, doing what feels right for my body and getting back into exercise. Every day I’ll do a Yoga practice which feels right for me that day. If I’m feeling a bit tired and run down, I’ll do a gentle practice. If I had a lot of energy, I’ll do a higher intensity practice and break a bit of a sweat. I think Yoga has been my main form of self care over the last few years because I really use it to my benefit.
Watch a series
I mean, not an entire series in a day but I always make time every day to watch at least one episode of a series I’m currently watching, on my own. My boyfriend and I always have a series on the go that we watch together but I also like to have one on the go by myself, one that I can spend my quality down-time with myself watching. At the moment it’s a re-watch of Friends! Which is a great choice when I need to switch off and just relax with a comforting, homey show.