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How I fit self care into my day

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.

Basic self care is just as important as the big things too, for example, attending your cervical screenings when you’re invited (which I did for the first time two years ago, yes it was un-comfy but having that peace of mind that I’ve taken care of myself outweighed that massively) and any other procedures we might need in order to maintain our self care. I’ve always had problems with my ears, ever since I was a kid, so attending an ear clinic in London would be beneficial to me in that regard.

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.

How have you incorporated self care into your daily life? Do you carve out time for it or has it naturally fallen into your daily routine?

 

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

78 Comments

  1. It just naturally fits in at this point. Sometimes it’s talking with a friend, sometimes it’s watching some YouTube videos I like or listening to music I like, sometimes it’s writing (honestly).

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  3. I’m trying to get into yoga at the moment. I usually just do workouts which work for me, but they’re not massively calming and I feel that yoga can help to calm down in the evening and de-stress x

    1. That’s one of the huge benefits of Yoga it kills like 3 birds with one stone. You make it work totally for you.

  4. I try to spend a little time outdoors each day. Even if the weather is not brilliant, the fresh air blows away my cobwebs. Being in natural light and hearing sounds like birds singing or leaves fluttering is good for my soul.

    1. I totally agree about the fresh air!

  5. I love these ideas. Self Care isn’t rapid or all at once- it’s just making time for you every day.

    1. Absolutely agree 🙂

  6. I’ve been looking into self-care as it is an area i seem to have neglected over the years. I tried yoga but wasn’t feeling it until i tried one of Adrienes videos, which i enjoyed….. i’ve never heard of a bullet Journal could you explain what that is? 🙂

    1. Yoga With Adriene is the best Yoga IMO! She’s amazing. I’m probably not the best to describe what a bullet journal is – best google it!

  7. I actually do a lot of the same things that you do for my self-care! I’m working on incorporating yoga into my daily routine and I have started using a bullet journal (although, like you, I’m not artistic or patient enough to make it insanely pretty). I fill mine with graphs and colors and it’s pretty enough for me 🙂

    1. Yeah that sounds a lot like my “bullet journal” as well!

  8. true. gotta care for yourself 🙂

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  10. My self-care involves taking a pause and walking while contemplating about life. It relaxes me. Also, I started drinking tons of water too! I agree that it really makes a difference.

    1. Sounds perfect! 🙂

  11. These are excellent tips, as always! For me, I’ve started incorporating an hour in the mornings and evenings to self care. I usually use it to do a full skincare routine, as it helps me feel so much more human (and also cause I’m turning 30 next year haha!) Looking after yourself is so important, and there are so many different ways to do it!
    Beth x

    1. Haha I need to get some new skincare products and start on a skincare routine cos I literally don’t have one right now!

  12. Why not turning off our phone for a couple of hours so you don’t get bumbarded with notifications? That’s one form of self care and this is something I do but not often. I think taking a break from your phone is excellent for taking care of yourself. Your friends on the other side can wait, and they’re probably busy too. It’s good for your mental health to stay away from social media during the day if you don’t work.

    1. Unfortunately that’s not possible for me as blogging is my job so I need to be online.

      1. I wasn’t trying to be rude, just making a suggestion. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      2. I didn’t say you were being rude, was just explaining why that’s not possible for me.

      3. Oh okay

  13. Love these! I can totally relate to waking up early-have been for the past two months and it’s a nice way to give yourself some extra time in the morning to get things done!

    1. Absolutely I agree 🙂

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