Sharing my top tips for self care on days when I'm not feeling my best!
1.) Get in some relaxation; One of the first things that sprung to mind when I was feeling crap was run a hot bath; add in some bubbles; pour a glass of wine and just relax. Take some time out and just do 'nothing'. I had a super relaxing playlist in the background and read my book for a good hour or so; it's such a nice feeling to loose yourself in a book and not worry about anything for a while!
2.) Do something 'just because'; It struck me that I hadn't done anything 'just because' in such a long time, I'm constantly planning or creating or scheduling and I hardly have a moment to just do something because I want to or because I can. I went to my local Paperchase and picked up a sketchbook; I recently made my dad a book for his 60th birthday, full of snaps from our childhood and he absolutely loved it. I've decided to make one for myself; packed full of my favourite memories; something that I'll treasure forever. Don't feel like you always have to justify why you do something; just doing it because it makes you happy is enough!
3.) Exercise; I've gone from the girl who hated the gym to someone who actually *enjoys it; I've been doing 4/5 classes every week and absolutely loving it! I've been reaping the benefits and seeing a difference in both my mind and body; exercising releases endorphins which helps to lift your mood. I really struggled to shake my bad mood so I took myself off to the gym for a work out, it was a good distraction and left me feeling better afterwards!
4.) Stay offline; I always find that if I'm having a bit of a crappy day; I stay offline. I mean I'll still write posts and answer emails but I mean offline as in away from social media; sometimes there's nothing worse that someone raving about how happy they are/how good their day is/how fab their new campaign collab is when you're feeling low. Normally I'd be like YOU GO GLENN COCO, but when you're feeling a bit shit, it's far too easy to compare yourself and feel worse!
5.) Don't blame yourself; Something that is so important to remember but when practicing self care it's crucial to remember to not blaming yourself for having a bad day or feeling down. At first I was frustrated with myself because I had SO much to do and I feel like I didn't have time to feel down; but alas, thinking that way helped nothing, so I quickly realised that it was just 'one of those days' and whilst I did what I could, I primarily focus on feeling better within myself.
What are your self care top tips? Did you find this post useful? P.s have you read All The Bright Places?! What did you think?