With the arrival of my new university trimester (I study over summer. Yuck.) as well as a few incredibly tough training sessions over the last couple weeks, I have started to feel quite overwhelmed, impotent, and exhausted, which is never a good mix. And then yesterday, despite managing to dodge it all winter, it finally hit me: the flu.
Whilst I have done my best to attack it the only way I know how (a shit tonne of Cold-and-Flu tablets and vitamin C's), it seems clear to me now that whilst I wait for my white blood cells to do their job, my only solution is what would be called a 'Self-care Day', which can be categorised as any day that is set aside for the sole purpose of looking after your physical, mental and emotional health.

Self-care can be an incredibly helpful and rewarding way of keeping your mind healthy and your life in balance, and whilst the general rule of thumb is to essentially provide yourself with activities that allow your mind and body to relax and get back to its former glory, some individuals who are new to the concept may not know where to start. So in honour of me feeling incredibly out-of-sorts, I have put together a list of self-care activities that I personally enjoy undertaking throughout my day, and perhaps you can find something that suits your lifestyle that allows you to reset, recharge and relax.


RANDOMISED LIST OF PERSONAL SELF CARE ACTIVITIES 

1. Fuel my body
I am a consistent breakfast eater. The idea of skipping the most important meal of the day and having to wait to eat until lunchtime is puzzling and tummy-rumble inducing. Fueling my body is the number one way I can start my day, and on days when my body is needing just that little extra nourishment, I ensure I fill it with healthy food that makes my body feel good and makes me happy. My recommendation? Porridge with honey and fresh blueberries. Talk about fueling your body.

2. Let the light in
When I'm not in a good place mentally or emotionally, I have a habit of keeping the blinds drawn so that my only source of light is the red Netflix sign on my tv as I'm about to rewatch that movie for the 50th time. This is never a good idea. In fact, there have been multiple studies that have proven the correlation between light deficiency and depression, with overexposure to darkness for long periods of time potentially resulting in damage in certain brain regionsSo if you have this habit too, open the blinds and let that light in.

3. Clean my room
It's not the actual act of cleaning my room that makes me feel good (I'm not THAT crazy), but I am a passionate advocate and believer in the phrase "a cluttered room is a cluttered mind." So get your shit off the floor, clear up that desk, and unclutter that brain.

4. Write (or do whatever it is that I love)
I don't just have a blog because I think its cool (if I'm being honest, I don't think this at all). I have a blog because I genuinely enjoy writing, whether it be for my blog, in a diary, or writing a narrative. And if there is one thing that you should be doing on your self-care day, it is whatever you enjoy. Set aside some time in your day to play around with some relaxing hobbies, whether that be drawing, gaming, reading, dancing around in your underwear, or writing like me. Don't think about it, just do it.

5. Plan out and Organise
This is for the days that I feel particularly overwhelmed with my abundance of responsibilities and commitments. Find a diary that you regularly use or keep close by, and plan out your day/week/month. Write down any goals, extracurricular activities, and assignments that need doing or remembering. In order to make this feel less like a chore for my readers that are not as inclined to enjoy planning and organising, colour code and decorate with sticky notes, highlighters and markers. If you have planned for everything, then you will have the time to do everything (and therefore, you will feel less overwhelmed and impotent). You got this!

6. Put on ASMR
Yes, I know it's weird. But there's just something about strangers tapping on random objects into a microphone that puts me to sleep... Stop looking at me like that.

7. Apply a facemask & skincare
Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but there are few things in life that are as relaxing as applying my boujee skincare routine on freshly cleaned skin and chucking on my biggest, baddest face mask. I use the Aztec Indian Healing Clay, and believe me when I tell you that after 30 minutes, it will have cleansed your skin, spirit, and soul, as well as every pore on your face.

8. Get outdoors
Sure, I have to be practically dragged out of the house by my boyfriend some days, but I have experienced the great power that taking a 15-minute walk can have on my mental health. Research in a scientific field called ecotherapy has proven a correlation between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. So go for a bike ride, walk your dog, jog up and down your local park. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you do it outside.

9. Call on your support network
Whether it be your mum, your bestie, your boyfriend or your sibling, send them a message. Talk on the phone. Invite them over. Go out for coffee. Spend time with people that make you laugh and that give a shit about you, and of course, want to see you feeling better.

10. Nap
AKA, the mecca of all self-care activities. This needs little introduction or explanation, however, if you've had a few late nights cramming in last-minute assignments, or perhaps you've been working a bit too hard and running yourself into the ground for weeks on end and now it's finally catching up with you, a nap can be super necessary for recharging your body and getting it back on the right path. But remember, a nap need only be around 20 minutes long as this is enough time to improve cognitive performance without experiencing that groggy feeling.

I hope you find an idea or two from my list that you want to implement into your own self-care day. And just a reminder: if you come across a list of someone else's self-care routine and they include strenuous exercise, remember that those people are liars.

- Loz

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the suggestions, I tried some out and they really helped!

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    1. Oh I'm sorry, I don't know how I missed this comment! But that makes me so happy, thank you for letting me know! x

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