Creating Habits to Promote Self-Care
Self-care is hella important, my dudes. However, it isn’t always easy, as I’ve learned. Now, I could go on here about my personal issues and how I deal with them, but I think that might be best suited for another post that explores my personal life a little more in depth, which nobody will be assed about lmao.
I wanna talk about creating self-care habits that you can incorporate into your daily life and routine in order to promote some happy vibes mmkay? The ones below are habits that I sometimes fail to maintain, but will always make me feel better once I’ve done them.
MAKE PRO-ACTIVE LISTS
I make lists every day. For real. I write down what I want to achieve that day, how I’m going to achieve it, and I tick it off my list once it’s done. Usually, the rest of the habits below are on that list as well.
Goals don’t have to be huge in order to be successful, either. You can easily write “make a brew” to that list and not even reach it, but the main thing is that you’re trying, yeah? Last year I spent 2 days in bed doing nothing. I couldn’t get the power to lift up a mug, let alone practise self-care. My lists are a way of getting shit done, even when I don’t really want to do them when the time comes.
When I was in that really bad place, my list would sometimes include “get changed” and “brush teeth”. Most times, these things wouldn’t get done. Now I don’t even have to write them down, which is 11/10 for personal hygiene.
MAKE YOUR BED
Bit of an odd one, but definitely worth trying. Making your bed can be therapeutic, believe it or not. Especially if you have throw pillows to arrange every morning. I aim to make my bed every morning if I have the time, but sometimes I’ll just leave it as a huge mess, which my cat loves. This way I can come in from work and my bed isn’t messy and untidy. I honestly hate coming home to an unmade bed, as it stresses me tf out lol.
TIDY YOUR ROOM
Yeah, I’m not your mum, but tidying your room is actually v therapeutic. Untidy room = untidy mind IMO. Also, it gives you the opportunity to throw away some of your old junk which is lying under your bed (don’t deny it). I aim to have a thorough clean of my room once a week. I get the duster/candles/bin bags out. I’ll also change my bedding fortnightly as well.
Pro tip: Tidy your room, change your bedding, get a bath and then give yourself a serious pamper for Lvl 100 self-care bliss.
Reading a book is like sitting alone and hallucinating stories about fake people, how rad is that? At the moment I’m reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s a great book and really centres itself around the black lives matter movement. Highly recommend.
PAINT YOUR NAILS
You might not be into this one, and that’s totally fine. But I find that having fresh AF nails really helps to improve my mood. I’ll file, scrub, moisturise and slap on some cuticle oil whilst painting my nails, it’s really calming (or at least it is to me). I use Sally Hansen nail varnishes at the moment, which can be found in Tesco or Boots, and come in a range of colours.
To implement small habits into your life, you have to start small. Just add one thing to your routine which can help you feel better. For example. why not try drinking more water every day? That’s all you need to do. Drink your recommended intake and wait a week. Once you’ve got the water drinking down, why not try something new? Self-care doesn’t have to be a chore, but I can totally see how it could be. Stick with it my homie, you got this.