You should treat yourself more.
This is what I realized when I had a hard day. I googled self care, and thousands upon thousands of ideas and graphics and pictures of bubble baths popped up. I went through all of them. I realized I wanted to incoporate them into my life.
So! I tried out a week of self care.
I took some candid pictures along the way, and I wanted you guys to see it, because it feels good… to feel better! To treat yourself more often. Maybe you don’t have to do all of these, but maybe there are just some things that you can incorporate and put into your life. Keep in mind that Self care isn’t always just bubble baths and all that, it’s facing your emotions and coming to terms with your issues and embracing what doesn’t make you perfect.
One of the best parts of self care is doing something that you’re scared to do, so I did that! I cut 5 inches off of my hair on Sunday… and it was scary because I’ve had the longest red hair for years, and it was down past my shoulder blades… but I love my new hair and I was so happy when I got compliments on it. Change is a huge part of sumanity that’s hard to accept, so it’s good to change sometimes. ❤
On Monday, I decided to put some flowers in my room! It’s an amazing thing to do every week, because you can get new flowers and different kinds. They just make your room so fresh and you can put it with water in a pretty little vase. Plus, they smell like heaven. ❤
On Monday, I also painted my nails. Spending a bit more time on your appearance is amazing for your confidence. Nails with bright colors are perfect, even if you end up picking them off three days later anyway. The nail painting definitely was a self care tip that I will always use, it just gives you some time to yourself to paint your nails by yourself or get them done. ❤
On Tuesday, I decided that I would just make something that makes me happy. I went on my laptop and printed out some things that made me happy, or colors that “spoke” to me. It was quite fun, and the best part was carefully cutting it out and cutting some into circles.
So I made a collage with all my favorite things, and infused it with my favorite body spray. It was fun and a really nice break from things that were going on. It also reminded me of what I love and things that make me content. ❤
Just putting on relaxing music to calm yourself down is a wonderful way to take care.
Just sitting in your bed, closing your eyes and drifting off to your music is the perfect way to take a break and take the stress of daily life away. ❤
Writing letters is something else that I came up with. I took a few sheets of paper, some envelopes, and wrote letters upon letters. I didn’t send any, and that’s the most important part.
Just write letters, things you wish you could say to people but can’t. Try to stay away from angry rants, and just put down calm and cool words to the people that hurt you or people that you wish you could say a few things to. It might just give you some inner peace. ❤
Sometimes just taking time to invest your time in a book is amazing, or just starting a new book no matter what book you’re reading. I was getting pretty bored with Fangirl, so I switched it out to This Song Will Save Your Life, and it’s a good way to switch things up and give yourself a small change. ❤
Decluttering things that have been messy for a while just gives you a satisfaction that you can’t get anywhere else. I went through my entire desk and organized everything I had. It was quite refreshing and felt clean. ❤
Taking a bubble bath is a really relaxing experience. I only take baths, and I love using bath bombs and stuff like that. It’s really calming and lovely. ❤
Taking an hour or two to unplug the phone and shut off your computer, and it feels good to take time away from your technology. ❤
The last thing and possibly one of the best things is lotion. It seems silly, but when you put it on your arms and then put a long sleeved shirt or just any shirt, it feels so refreshing and cool. The lotion on your skin just makes you feel so spring-ish and absolutely glorious. Plus, it smells like flowers.
How did it feel?
As a whole, on Saturday morning, I didn’t feel any different. But whenever I ended my day that I cared for myself, I felt so calm.
The main things that I will continue to do is the lotion, the music, the flowers, the nails, and the bath. Those are little things I can do for a pick-me-up every day.
What didn’t work?
Nothing really didn’t work, everything felt good, but some of them were a little impractical to do every single day. Even though everything I did was important, it would feel strange to put some of the things into my daily routine.
Take care! ❤