Happy Monday lovelies – I can’t believe we’re already in June. My month is literally jam packed with dissertation writing, *pls pray for me* which means its so important I’m also looking after myself, physically and mentally. Its inevitable that some mornings we wake up and just think, nope! or when were having such a bad day that all we want to do is snuggle up on the sofa and watch netflix. Most of the time its because we’re not looking after ourself, you may think because you took 5 minutes out of your work day and had a scroll through Instagram that it’s doing you the world of good – when in fact, its probably making you feel worse.
It’s so important to make sure that you include some self care into your daily/weekly routine, if you have a spare 10 minutes to do something then you have time to take care of yourself. I used to constantly burn myself out and think that because I wasn’t actually ‘doing anything’, that I was looking after myself.. but how wrong was I. Over the years, I’ve loved hearing more about self care and actually how important it is to our mental health. Often, if I’ve been having a rough time, I’ll mentally calculate if I’ve had any time for self care, and 9 times out of 10, I haven’t.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate self care into your day is having having a shower or a bath (which ever one you prefer) – but instead of just bathing, make sure you’re using some of your favourite products which you know boosts your mood. A bath bomb or a candle can really make a difference, it helps to make us feel relaxed as gives us that time to just not worry about anything. If you wake up feeling a bit flat, then have a shower in the morning as the water will help wake you up and hopefully help you feel a little bit more motivated.
Make sure you’re using Mantra’s – honestly this is so helpful. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for, or write down something inspiring for the day: “today will be a good day” or “you’ve got this”. You’ll be surprised at how this can make you smile in the midst of the day.
Take deep breath’s – honestly, it’s that simple.
Binge watch your favourite series/films – having a quiet and calming surrounding will instantly soothe you and remind you you’re in the here and now. Having your favourite programmes on will also help you to feel much better, your mind is distracted and it stops you from feeling even flatter. If you find you don’t have much time to sit and watch Netflix, play some motivating Podcasts while you do the things you need to – again, this gives you some background noise and helps you to stop feeling lonely. Sometimes if I’m feeling particularly low and know I need to incorporate some self care, I just like to sit and listen to something I’m interested in, it stops me from dwelling and helps me to relax.
Get some sleep – this is hard for me as I’ve been an insomniac for years and really struggle to sleep. But usually, if we’re feeling pretty crap then we tend to neglect sleep, but it has one of the biggest impacts on how we feel, physically and mentally. It’s so important to notice when you’re feeling tired and run-down, and listen to your body by trying to get in some decent shut-eye. If you also struggle sleeping, then just try and make sure your environment is as quiet as possible, you may not be able to sleep but at least this way, your mind has a little time to rest.
Now, self0care isn’t something that I do occasionally, I make a conscious effort to make sure I push myself to incorporate self care into my every day routine, with one simple goal – to try and maintain good mental health. These habits that I use have slowly helped me feel much better when I’m having a bad day. The more confident we feel in ourselves, the more we understand who we are, and why we’re doing it. Having a structured self-care routine has really changed my whole outlook on how I experience things – if I don’t take care of myself, then I don’t naturally enjoy things. Remember, to make yourself your number one, once you do this – everything else will start to fall into place.