Self Care

Sometimes we all need a little bit of a step back. You know what I mean? We all need that little refresher, a day off or a relaxing morning. Following a busy week, we just need the weekend to recharge our batteries. I know this is usually the case for me. I’m not really the type of person who enjoys sitting around at home, as much as I actually spend my time in bed (When I get the chance) even then I am working, either on my blog, sending emails or just simply doing college work… The past weekend was actually the first weekend off my part-time job that I’ve had in a long time, and even then I spent it going out to shoot blog photographs, typing up posts, dating content and noting ideas. I guess you could say I literally haven’t stopped. Having this mindset is good in itself, but every now and again it’s great to take that time off and actually go that extra mile to make yourself happy.

It’s so so so common now, sadly, that in the midst of everyone’s busy lives, people forget to actually “look after themselves” or to do things which make them happy. Doing this however is the type of thing which leaves you feeling that extra bit more sluggish throughout the week. I personally find that on the weeks when I’m just working working working, I become so much more unenthusiastic and unmotivated, and I’m sure I’m not alone there.
In this blog post I thought I’d just simply list some things that you can do to help you “take care” of your happiness.

Face masks

Something about getting up in the morning and popping on a face mask just makes me scream “YESS.” The same goes for when I get home in the evening. Facemasks are a definitely such a refreshing way to treat your skin… Literally as I’m writing this post right now, sat on the sofa re-watching harry potter for the millionth time I’ve just popped a face mask on. Like I said, face masks are such great ways to refresh and revitalize your skin and this, I find is always something I need just to give me that extra boost in the morning, or to help me relax and really unwind during the evening.

 Hot Drinks & Movies

I always find that chilling out on the sofa or on my bed with a good ol’ hot drink and one of my favourite films on the TV is such a great way to unwind and really give myself the relaxation time I need. I don’t know if it’s just me, but something about sitting down watching a film instantly puts me in a great mood.
These days we’re all so busy and pre-occupied with work and social media…We actually don’t spend as much time as we should doing things to relax and de-stress, and for me one of the best ways to do that is curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and Harry Potter on the TV.

Candles & Fairy lights

This one is not so much a “physical” thing, but more so a mental one. I don’t know why, but everything seems better with candles and fairy lights. Some of you are probably agreeing with me right now, and the other half of you might not be, but trust me… Having fairy lights on and candles lit, I find, can really change the atmosphere in a room and make it that extra bit more cosy and relaxing. Having a room with this atmosphere is something I find really shifts my stressed little over thinking mind into a much calmer happier state than what it would be otherwise.

Be selfish sometimes

Despite some belief, it is actually okay to put yourself first. You know? Those times when you’re being asked to do something that you don’t need to do, and don’t necessarily want to do… You’re allowed to say no! I’m the type of person which usually agrees to almost every task for the sake of being nice. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with that, it can sometimes leave you really over faced with a lot of work that you’re not necessarily going to be able to finish, at least without an extreme level of stress. Who needs that?!
Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t want to. It isn’t always your responsibility to do things that others ask you to do!

Switch Off

When the majority of your ‘work’ requires you to be on your phone or on your laptop constantly throughout the day, (when at home and when out and about) it can be quite hard to actually switch off from it all and be able to fully focus your mind on other activities. Personally this is something I actually find quite hard to do, I’m constantly tweeting blog post links, trying to keep my Instagram updated with all the latest photographs I have and even just checking statistics and responding to comments… There’s so much stuff which goes into blogging, someone who actually doesn’t do it themself would never be able to imagine. But it’s not just bloggers who might find it hard to switch their work mind into their relaxation mind; everyone has their own worries and stress’ when it comes to work. When you can, the best thing to do is to try to keep your mind from it all, and allow yourself to really relax.

There are so so so many different things you could do just to give yourself that extra care you might need, these are just a few of the ones which I’m currently trying to incorporate into my life. What are your recommendations?