This is my second post in honour of Mental Health awareness week and this post will be all about how I look after myself when I don’t have a lot of time. I use this routine quite a bit whilst I’m working because I don’t have a lot of time when I get home. This routine is really quick and simple, so it’s perfect for anyone. However, you can adapt it and add more steps in to suit you.
Self-care is so important when you’re in a bad place with your mental health. It gives you time to recuperate and pamper yourself. 9 times out of 10, you come out feeling a lot better and the dark clouds, anxious thoughts etc have disappeared a little bit. I’ve adapted this routine to how I like to do things and what works for me when I want to take time out for myself. It’s different for everyone though so don’t follow it religiously as it may not be suitable for you! Think about what works best for you and why.
When I need a bit of tlc, the first thing I do is light a candle. The candle I’m using at the moment is the Yankee Candle, Christmas Cookie candle as I got a large one for Christmas. I have quite a few jars of this scent so I decided I’d try and use them up. This sent is really sweet and smells like vanilla. I love the scent but it may not be for everyone as it is quite sweet.
I usually put some music on as well whilst I’m doing my self-care. I’ve subscribed to Apple Music which is really good because they generate playlists that they think you’ll like. The playlist I listen to is called Mellow Days and is just full of slow and chilled out songs. Its perfect when you need something with a slower beat. I would suggest looking into Apple Music especially as you get the first month free and if you’re a student, there is a ton of offers and discounts available.
I normally give myself a bit of a pamper which includes a face mask and some hydrating eye masks. I find when my mental health goes downhill, I either sleep more or not sleep at all which leads to my skin around my eyes becoming very tight and dry. These eye masks are perfect for putting some hydration back into your skin. The particular ones are called the Collagen Gel Eye patches and they come as a pack of four. They basically do what they say on the tin. I use a variety of different face masks depending on what my skin is like. However, I’ve been trying out a new product which (touch wood) seems to be helping my skin so I’ve changed what facemark I’m using. This face mask is L’Oreal and the pure clay, Purity Mask. I picked this up from Sainsbury’s and it’s easily accessible. This is normally the extent I go to in this mini pamper routine as I don’t have a lot of time to go all out.
One thing that I have recently found out is that colouring and writing in my bullet journal really helps to calm me down. I have one of the adult colouring books and mines full of vintage pictures. This one is brilliant because everything is very symmetrical and if you’re a perfectionist, like me, then its brilliant. I would like to try some other books out like the Under The Sea adult colouring books. I also recently started a bullet journal. I am a little bit hit and miss with it, I don’t 100% love it because I think it’s very messy and it’s frustrating me whilst I’m trying to find a layout that I like. However, I find it really helpful for my mental health to log my moods, activity and sleep to see if I can notice any triggers. It’s also a brilliant way to keep track of what you need to do, finances etc.
I’m not afraid to admit that I am a total bookworm. Always have and always will be. That’s why I included reading a book into this routine. Reading a book lets me escape into a whole other world that’s far more enjoyable than the one that I’m currently in. In conjunction with books, I am a massive fan of Disney and Harry Potter. Recently, I went into Sainsbury’s and they have a range of spin off Disney books. The one that I picked up is called As Old as Time and is all about Belle’s mum and how she was the woman who cursed the Beast. From reading the blurb I was really intrigued and very excited to read it. I will probably write a review about it once I’ve finished and let you all know if it’s worth picking up the others or not. I can be immersed in a book for ages, once I start I can’t finish so I normally read a book when I have a bit longer to complete self-care and when I’m settling down to bed.
This is all that I do for a mini self-care routine. It’s very quick and simple and it’s perfect for me when I’m rushing around but need a quick half an hour of tlc. What do you guys do when you need a bit of tlc? Let me know down below!
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