As someone who thinks that taking a bath can solve all problems, I felt like it was my duty to share my hacks for taking care of yourself. Are some of them dumb and basic? Yes. Will all of your problems be solved? Probably not. But will you feel better about yourself and ready to conquer whatever is going on in your life? HELL YEAH! With that I present to you Your Guide To Self Care.
Here are things to do, how to do them and what to use:)
I made it one of my new years resolutions to meditate everyday and I have pretty much stayed true to that. I typically use apps to do guided meditation since its a practice I am not super familiar with but it definitely can be done without once you know how to do it. You can also look up videos on youtube! Below are the apps I use. My favorite is the guided breath sleep one on the app Oak.
There are different ones you can do and usually you can adjust the length so if you only have 5 minutes to do it, there are options for that! If you really can’t make time it’s important to take times throughout your day to practice breathing either doing square breathing (in for 4 sec, hold for 4 sec, out for 4 sec, relax for 4) or 4,7,8 breathing (in for 4, hold for 7, out for 8). These are both really good exercises if you’re anxious or stressed or even just to remind yourself to breathe:)
2. Drink Water
You hear it all the time i’m sure but drinking water constantly is SO important. Some hacks if you don’t like drinking water is to get fun reusable straws to make it more fun to drink and to add things to the water to give it a little bit of flavor. To see my favorite infused waters check out my post from this past summer. How ever you can get it down the hatch, do it!
This is so basic and I’m sure you see it all the time but even just going for a walk or doing a couple squats can really improve your mood. The endorphins that are released when you increase you heartrate make you feel so good. Anytime I get stressed or sad I want to lay in my bed and do absolutely nothing but I have learned that getting up and going on a walk or on the elliptical makes me feel so much better MUCH quicker than sulking in my room expecting something to change without doing anything.
4. Take Care of Your Skin
No matter what your gender is or how old you are, taking care of your skin is so important. It can seem like a chore to do when you wake up or have to do it before you go to bed but it’s such a simple thing that will make you feel so good and your skin will thank you for it. Finding a good skin care routine takes time but is key to lock down. Doing research on your skin type and finding a good cleanser, moisturizer and toner are very important. It doesn’t have to break the bank either, Walgreens, Target and CVS all have incredible skin care products for affordable prices. Like this post if you’re interested in seeing a list of my favorite drugstore skin care products.
5. Make Special Playlists or Find a Podcast
We all have our phones on us all the time and although it’s good to take a break from scrolling through social media, there are things on our phones that can be used to benefit us! I find it really helpful to make playlists that fit different vibes so that if I’m feeling upset I can listen to my playlist of songs that always improve my mood. It’s amazing how much music can change the way you’re feeling so that’s definitely something to take advantage of. Another thing I have found to be helpful when needing to ease my mind, is podcasts. Finding podcasts that I enjoy listening to totally changed how I do a lot of things, now I’m listening to podcasts while walking to class, cleaning my room, coloring, etc. It’s a great way to relieve stress but also maybe benefit from learning something depending on the podcast you pick!
6. TREAT YOUR SELF
Although I sometimes use this excuse too often but even the smallest little treat for yourself can change your mood. If I have had a bad week I’ll treat myself to a coffee or a treat after making it through the week. It makes getting through things easier and gives me something to look forward to. Sometimes treating myself is spending the night pampering myself and using a face mask. It can even be free things, a movie night with your girlfriends, taking a bath, finding an easy recipe to bake with things you have at your house already! It can be as simple as that.
Remember that we’re all just trying to make it through life and it’s important to not be too hard on yourself because you deserve so much better. Make sure you’re taking time to care for yourself because at the end of the day, you’re all you’ve got:)
Thanks for reading!