This month is about focussing, finally, on yourself. We, as people, tend to forget to look after ourselves in the midsts of looking after everyone else but self-care is still incredibly important. A lot of people don’t really discuss self care and I don’t know why that is but this month we’re focussing on it, it is especially important for those of us in exam season but we’ll make it through. These are some of my favourite things to do when I need some emergency self-care when I’m sad.
1. Take time each day to just be
This one is probably my favourite, when I’ve had a particularly hard day at school or revising or just at all I like to just sit and be. I take time out of being busy for some mindful minutes, I like to sometimes meditate, sometimes I just sit and work out my feelings and sometimes I just sit in silence and turn my brain off for a little while.
2. Drink Water
Water is vital for your cells to function effectively, being dehydrated is very unhealthy and can be dangerous, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day so you feel healthy physically and mentally. You could try drinking a glass every time you go into the bathroom, take a water bottle around with you. Make sure you drink some water, especially if you needed to cry.
3. Take a bath or a shower
Wash everything. You will come out feeling so much cleaner and fresher, sometimes some of your sadness can be washed away in the water. Crack open that expensive body wash you’ve been saving for a rainy day and just indulge, wash your hair and actually feel the shampoo being washed away down your skin. Feel the things that you don’t notice anymore.
4. Brush your teeth
There’s not a lot I can say apart from it will help you eel fresh and renewed.
5. Go for a walk
You could end up anywhere, you might even find somewhere you never noticed, it’s important to get some fresh air and gain a new perspective on life, even better if you’re able to be somewhere abundantly filled with nature.
6. Write a letter
Writing a letter, even if you’re not going to send it, can be wonderful way to get your feelings out if you’re finding it difficult to express them. It is vital to find an outlet for your feelings so they don’t build up and make you bitter.
7. Speak to a friend
Friends can be a God send, especially if you have that one friend who always knows what to do, take advantage of that and speak to them.
8. Visit a friend
Even if you don’t want to tell them how you feel they can often bring laughter and joy to your life, let your friends in, don’t shut them out.
9. Make a power house playlist
Do it and you’ll understand.
10. Post-it notes
Stick them everywhere, and include little notes of things to do e.g. drink a glass of water, make sure to go outside today. Little things like that to remind you of what you need to do to take care of yourself.
MY TOP TIP OF THIS MONTH:
Find your favourite self-care thing, even if it’s from my list or something you’ve been doing for years.
During April, every Sunday as usual, I will be creating posts as a part of a ‘How To’ series, I’m really excited for this but just as a small disclaimer everything throughout is purely opinion based but nevertheless I hope it helps you!
Happy April x