Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you guys are having a great week. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about self-care and how important it is to our over all well-being. A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor because I was feeling extremely tired all of the time, having some bad headaches and just lacking in energy to the point where I felt like I could fall asleep at any minute. Initially I thought that maybe I was deficient in something so requested a blood test which thankfully came back normal. It turns out that I was just burnt out and really run down, which was kind of surprising to me that it would manifest itself physically. Anyways since then I’ve been taking my self-care a little more seriously and wanted to share a couple of things that I’ve found to be helpful!
Watch your favorite TV show or read a great book: Nothing brings me more joy than having a really great show to look forward to watching when I get home from work! It’s so nice to just zone out for an hour or so and get lost in a great story! I actually have a whole list of my favorite shows here if you’re looking for something new to watch. The same applies with a nice book that you can get lost in.
Pamper Yourself: One of my favorite things to do after a stressful day is come home, put my fuzzy socks on, wash my face and put on a nice cold face mask straight from my fridge. Then I light a couple of candles and pretend that I’m in an expensive ass spa that I can’t afford! Simple but super effective. Last week I actually went for my very first facial and it was by far the most relaxing hour I’ve had in my life, so I’ve decided to treat myself to more pampering things like that moving forward.
Move That Body: Ever since moving to New York nearly 4 years ago I’ve come to learn just how important exercise is to my mental and physical self-care! I’m definitely someone who tends to get anxious at busy periods but I find that giving myself one hour a day where I switch off my phone and focus solely on exercising does wonders for my stress levels and general happiness. Even on days where I feel like I have no energy, I always make myself do some sort of workout because I know for a fact that I’ll feel 100% better afterwards!
Log Off: This is easier said than done but sometimes we could all do with taking a little step back from spending hours upon hours scrolling on Instagram! I don’t know about you but when Apple started sending me those screen time reports, it was a real eye-opener! While social media is incredible in many ways, it can be a double edged sword. If you’re having a bad day, sometimes it can be hard to constantly look at people’s highlight reel on social media and that’s completely normal. Speaking of Instagram, make sure you only ever follow people who truly make you happy or whose content brings a smile to your face when you see it! Hit that unfollow or mute button if you “hate follow” someone, life is too damn short for that. Also, I highly recommend following the #FluffyPuppy hashtag which is honestly the best form of self-care in the world.
Call a friend: We all have those friends who we can turn to on days where you need a pick-me-up! Taking some time to catch up with a friend over the phone or in person can really do wonders to lifting your mood.
Pay it forward: Nothing gives me the warm and fuzzies more than doing something nice for someone or paying someone I admire a compliment. Give your seat to someone on the subway, help a Mom carry her stroller down the stairs or even just offer to take a picture for a tourist! Simple things like that really make someone’s day and in return make you feel good about yourself!
Write it down: Whenever I feel overwhelmed or have a whole lot on my plate, sometimes I find the best thing to do is write it all down on a list! For some reason, as soon as I write things down I feel a lot better and it gives me a starting point to start ticking things off of my to-do list.
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