Self care has always been a strange one to me. Not that I don’t enjoy it or hardly participate, but I’ve never had the discipline to properly execute it in the way that I would like to. I’m not the manicure, pedicure, face mask, etc type of person; although it’s great once in a while. But I figured I’m more of the mental self carer as opposed to the physical. I want to share some tips that I have been practicing and whether you’re the mental or physical type, I hope these become super helpful incentives.
- EDIT YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS AND BLOCK OUT ANY NEGATIVE PEOPLE
It seems like the most straightforward action ever. You’ve probably blocked 2 people today before reading this, but sometimes we forget how easy it is to feed our minds with toxic content which can take a toil over our lives if we’re not careful; especially since we spend a lot of our time browsing through various social platforms. Take a few minutes to ask yourself if what a person constantly shares is helpful, encouraging, positive, brings you joy and laughter, is something you agree with, is something you would happily engage in or something that genuinely warms your feed. If not, you know what to do.
- BECOME A BOOKWORM
In case you haven’t noticed, reading is the new cool kid activity. I’ve found that when you get lost in a good book, it’s one of the best ways to take a break from the universe. Reading gives room for creativity, a sharp and open mind, improved vocabulary and writing skills. Have a look at one of my book reviews here.
I tend to go for motivational and self care books, here’s a list of some I have read:
- ‘The confident woman’ by Joyce Meyer
- ‘Living beyond your feelings’ by Joyce Meyer
- ‘The purpose room’ by Heather Lindsey
- ‘Pink lips and empty hearts’ by Heather Lindsey
- ‘Daughter, you can make it’ by Dag-Heward Mills
- ‘The life changing moment of not giving a f**k’ by Sarah Knight
- ‘A woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do’ by Michelle Mckinney Hammond
- ‘You are a bad-ass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life’ by Jen Sincero
- WRITE A LIST OF ALL YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
I’ve only recently learned the importance of self celebrations. In my last post, I spoke about how I’ve always been the type to view all that I have achieved as sub-par even if others see more to it. However, writing down your achievements will give you a visual representation of how far you’ve come and the reassurance that you’re capable of achieving so much more. This doesn’t necessarily need to be in the form of a list. You could also, for example, try writing on posted notes and sticking them around your room or any other visible place and creative way that suits you best.
- RELAX TO THE SOUND OF RAIN
Most of us enjoy the sound of rain pattering against our windows especially when we’re warm and snuggled up in bed about to fall asleep. As strange as it may seem, I’ve found that going out of your way to make use of the sound whilst mediating really does bring an effect to it. You can use YouTube to search sound effects of rain and relax to it.
- BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY
As much as we all love to travel, at the end of the day, it’s the city we reside in that we’re coming home to. You’d be surprised at how much is out there and how little you know about it too. Take a tour around your city, especially in the main areas of attraction, and see how far it stimulates your mind. Sometimes, beauty is right at our doorsteps and we don’t even realize it.