In the past couple of months I have been to two weekend workshops as part of CanTeen. One of the biggest things I have taken away from these weekends is the importance of looking after yourself. Self care is not as scary as it can sound and today I wanted to share the little things I do to look after myself both mentally and physically.
When I’m feeling stressed, overrun or unwell my favourite thing to do is to have a bath. Usually this involves a Lush bath bomb or aromatherapy oils, lighting some candles and putting on some chilled out music. I find baths incredibly relaxing and a great way to let go of some pent up stress. I also find having a bath makes me drowsy and means I get to sleep easily.
Catching up with Friends
I am a textbook extrovert in a way that I gain my energy from being around other people, not from being alone. So when I’m feeling a little flat I really benefit from catching up with a good friend. Not only do I get to hang out with a cool person that I love but I can eat some good food and have the opportunity to talk about whatever is going on in my life.
When I’m not feeling like being around people I love to completely blob out and catch up on funny tv shows like Jane the Virgin or Brooklyn Nine-Nine or my endless youtube subscription feed. It’s nice to take your mind off of life and all its’ stresses. Often the shows or movies I watch make me laugh too which is always good.
Listening to Music
Another big self care method for me is taking time to just chill out and listen to music. I listen to quite a range of music depending on my mood, I love gentle acoustic stuff like Ziggy Alberts if I’m trying to relax but I can’t go past old time favourites Yellowcard and Fall Out Boy if I need to amp myself up. Going for a walk and listening to some of my favourite songs also helps calm me down if necessary.
Eating Good Food
There’s no denying I love food. But when I’m feeling under the weather I sometimes forget to eat well, whether that’s not eating enough or only eating junk. I practice self care by making sure I’m eating 1. enough and 2. good nourishing food. My favourite self care food is a massive smoothie full of fruit and vegetables that makes you feel good on the inside.
There are so many other ways you can self care (paint, exercise, write, sleep, just to name a few), but it’s all about finding out what works for you. Having a list written of what self care methods you like can be super helpful, as sometimes when you’re in a place where you need a little care and things aren’t going so well, it’s hard to think of things.
I’d love to hear your favourite self care methods in the comments!
Thanks for reading.