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Self-care has become a large part of my life. I talk a lot about what you can do to create your own self-care routine, but I thought I would share what my self-care routine looks like.
August 2020 was the turning point for me, my anxiety was peak and unmanageable. I started to pick up these self-care habits. It’s now been 6 months, and I can confirm that my anxiety has reduced to 5% of what it used to be, makes me so happy to write that!!
So let’s check out what my self-care routine looks like and the 16 things I complete throughout the week.
Feel free to pinch these ideas for yourself and add them to your self-care routine.
I love listening to music, I don’t leave the house without a pair of headphones. The good thing about working from home, blogging etc, is that I can listen to music pretty much all day.
Because I am listening to music for a large portion of the day, I like to expand my music choices. I tend to listen to pre-populated playlists on Youtube as it’s a great way of finding new music.
Listening to music is a large part of my self-care routine because I work efficiently and it helps my productivity.
Having 2/3 baths a week
I should just clear up that I do shower every day, but going for a bath is just so relaxing! It’s like my problems melt away in the hot water.
If I am feeling anxious or having an off day, I’ll also light some candles, turn off the lights and put some music on. I find this is a great time for manifesting as it builds positive energy thinking about everything I want in life.
I also like to add either bubble bath or a Lush bath bomb, Lush is the only brand I can use as my skin breaks out very easily.
“Joy” The app
I recently came across the app called Joy, and I honestly can’t believe it’s free!
The app offers the following features:
- Mood tracker
All of these sections are free and very accessible. The app allows you to write out your journal, pick your mood for the day and also provides quotes and words of wisdom.
I try and log on each day as it is a great 5-minute escape.
The app also has a breathing exercise to complete when you open the app, to make sure that you’re ready.
10-minute yoga stretch (every day)
I complete a 10-minute yoga warm up every morning before work. I find it helps me clear my mind of any problems I had the day before.
I don’t stick to a certain routine, I just do what feels natural to my body. Some days my back needs more attention than my legs, I like to go with the flow.
Adding this to my daily self-care routine really has made the difference as it lets me start work/blogging with a clear head. I am also able to write in the morning which I found really difficult at the start.
Manifesting my dream life
This is my favourite part of the day! Getting to write out and manifest exactly what I want. I spent 10/15 minutes each morning and I write out exactly what I want in my life.
This can be blogging goals, mental health goals, money goals. The list is endless, but the best advice I can give is to be specific. Telling the universe that you would like more money isn’t specific enough, because then you could find a pound and technically your manifestation has come true.
I take my cat, Lola, for a walk
I posted this on Instagram and the number of people that thought I was kidding on… I genuinely take my cat for walks, for a few reasons!
- I live next to a forest that is miles long, and of course, my kitten will eventually be able to go outside without me, but with the woods being so large, I don’t want her getting lost. So my thought process is teaching her how to get home from the woods.
- I like going on walks, but I don’t like going myself. Lola keeps me company on my walks and it’s a win for Lola too as she loves being outside.
Going out for walks clears my head and I feel almost refreshed!
Listening to positive energy/manifesting podcasts or Youtube videos
If my mood is feeling low, I stick on a motivational podcast, as I find hearing other people’s success stories really motivational. If they can do it, so can I.
I’ve noticed there are a lot of manifesting videos on Youtube that are really useful and filled with lots of information. If I am working on Pinterest or other marketing, I like to listen to these to pick up some tips that I can use.
Making a point of drinking 5 glasses of water
I used to be in such a bad habit of drinking a glass of water at dinner and that was it, literally. Then I would wonder why I had headaches every day…
Now, I have set points in the day that I drink a pint glass of water, I find it easier to remember than trying to remember to drink all the time.
It works for me!
Manifesting before I sleep
I know we touched on manifesting through writing, but I also manifest at night when I’m trying to get to sleep.
I find this to be a really effective method, I think about positive energy, what I’m grateful for and I imagine what it will be like once my manifestations come true.
*This helps my anxiety when I am trying to sleep, keeps me feeling positive.
My therapist said that you wouldn’t play the guitar on stage at a show without practising first, so why would you not practice breathing techniques before you feel anxious and it’s really stuck with me.
When I started breathing techniques, I was trying to do them when I was feeling anxious, but when my mind was in that set way, I wasn’t able to focus on it because it was new to me, it wasn’t a habit.
I started practising the balloon technique, where you imagine a deflated balloon in your stomach, and you breathe in and out to blow up and deflate the balloon. This method is really effective but really simple.
You can also do it anywhere without people noticing.
Social media detox
When I am working on a new blog post or watching something on the TV, I had a really bad habit of sitting on my phone, so I decided to have a mini “social media detox”
When I was blogging, I would get easily distracted and would end up on my phone, and my blog posts would take double the time. It was a hard habit to break, but my screen time has almost halved.
Another habit I had to break was putting something on the TV and then picking up my phone and totally ignoring the TV… so now if I’m going to watch something, I need to commit!
Change up my weekend routine
After being in lockdown for months along with working from home, I’ve not really had a reason to leave my house. Therefore, the weekdays and weekends mush into one.
To stop this from happening, I have changed up my weekend routine so that I’m not constantly doing the same thing.
Taking quiet time
Living with my three younger siblings, my mum and Lyle is a handful, so it’s important I have my own time.
Doesn’t have to be anything special, I’ve listed below things I like to do:
- Go for a bath
- Watch TV
- Read (Listen to audible)
- Create new products
- Play with Lola
- Paint my nails
Taking half an hour a day to just do my own thing in a busy house allows me to handle the day a lot better, I’m not as irritable! Check out my blog post on self-care ideas for more!
Repeating old T.V Series
I read on Pinterest that people with anxiety repeat T.V series because they like knowing the ending and I’ve never related to something so much!
I love re-watching TV series, my favourite is Ru Paul, I watch this most days either myself or with my little sisters, who I now have hooked on Ru Paul.
What my self-care routine looks like
Feel free to use my self-care ideas or build your own using your self-care calendar!
Build your self-care routine, look after yourself and remember to take a break. You don’t need to be productive all the time. Taking a time out and focusing on yourself is just as important.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on what my self-care routine looks like. What does your self-care routine look like? Let me know in the comments!