To be honest, I’m having a difficult time writing a new blog post today. This weekend was hard to come back from. It’s not that I did anything extraordinarily fun, but the weather was amazing (for Seattle) and Jared and I had a really relaxing weekend. Since the start of 2017, I’ve been aiming for around two new posts a week. I’ve also been writing more personal content. After all, you can’t truly have a lifestyle blog without the life part right?
Writing how-to blog posts is rather boring to me and there are many bloggers who are better at them. So rather than drag my feet and write a how-to post, here are some personal self care habits that have helped me. I hope this inspires at least one person to start incorporating more self care into their daily life!
Organizing. Planning out my day or week in my planner helps me feel more in control, particularly when I’m busy. An overview of my weekly tasks helps me set realistic daily goals for myself. Picking up around my apartment a little each day also helps by making home a more comfortable, peaceful place.
On a similar note, I think maintaining your home as a space that is relaxing and somewhere you really enjoy being in is important. Even if you’re not as much of a homebody as me, anyone can appreciate a well kept space at the end the day. If decor isn’t your thing, that might mean just keeping a clean space. For me, I prefer clean and a well decorated home. This is something Jared and I are slowly working on. (Decor can be expensive!!) We bought a really nice sectional when we moved in but we still have quite a bit to buy. I know our home doesn’t have to be Pinterest status, but that’s the goal one day :)
Pampering. I don’t mean anything fancy here. Even if it’s doing my own nails or using a sheet mask at home, I instantly feel better after I’ve taken a few moments out of my day to pause and do something that makes me feel put together. Pampering is probably the wrong word to use here, since we can’t always pamper ourselves everyday. I consider my skincare routine every night to be “pampering” though. I often watch a YouTube video or listen to music while going through my routine. It’s a nice way to just take a break, wind down, and it’s also contributing to healthier skin. (So next time you’re at Sephora treat yourself to that pricey serum because it’s good for your health, technically…)
Speaking of nails, I’m obsessed with the little leaves from this manicure that I got from the ladies at Juniper. (I wrote a post about their West Seattle location here.) This photo is a bit out of focus but you get the gist!
Journaling. I’ve filled up so many diaries since I was a kid but sadly the frequency of my journaling has decreased with my age. I guess you could call my blog a diary of sorts but this is certainly just a peek into my life. There is so much you don’t see! On January 1st, I decided to start filling up a new journal that I received as a Christmas gift. I haven’t missed a week yet and have been writing a full page for each week. I try to recap the week and jot down anything I really want to remember. The act of writing with pen and paper is actually really refreshing and energizing for me. Written memories are so far and few between so I love that I’ll be able to look back on some more personal memories in this journal.
Powering down. I have a terrible habit of being glued to my phone. I sit in front of a computer all day for work so I clearly do not need more screen time. It’s hard to disconnect since I have my blog, but I’m trying to be mindful about less “multitasking”. (My attention span is terrible and I’m constantly scrolling through my phone while watching TV. I’ll try to stop doing this and just pay attention, sorry Jared.)
Part of powering down is finding activities that I find both relaxing and enjoyable rather than just turning off electronics for the sake of turning them off. That typically doesn’t work for me because I’ll just get bored and find my way back to my phone. One of my best friends swears by meditating but I find it difficult to do and more of a task. Instead, I’m trying to crack open a book or crafting when I want to reduce screen time. I got a library card recently and can’t wait to dig into my newest book: The Girl On the Train. The movie was good, so I can’t wait to see how the book differs. I abandoned my latest DIY project so I’m going to have to pick that up again this week…
P.S. How cute is that elephant ring holder above? Thanks Audrey! I also love the new Lush Palm scent from Antica Farmacista. It’s a really fresh scent that’s perfect for spring. Since we live in an apartment, we don’t burn candles all the time but we do use the Lush Palm room spray often. (In the winter, I loved using this scent I wrote about here.) If you’re also a renter and don’t like to leave candles burning all the time, don’t worry- this candle has a powerful scent even when it’s not burning. It’s also really beautiful just sitting on my nightstand!
Saying no. Probably one of the best self care habits I can recommend is saying no more. I think many of us have a tendency to say yes to more than we can handle or really want to. I know my reasons are usually because I don’t want to disappoint others or I think I have more time than I really do. When it comes to blogging, I get a lot of emails and there is no way I can say yes to everything, nor do I want to. I’ve worked on projects before that I really did not want to but since I agreed to, I had to follow through. Those are the worst projects because what is supposed to be a fun hobby turns into a chore. Saying no is definitely good for my calendar and my mental health.
I’m already excited to light this candle and curl up in my bed with my book later tonight! Hopefully this inspires you to also make time for a small act of self care each day. Making a daily commitment to taking care of your physical and mental health by way of self care is a really easy way to be the best version of yourself.
Happy self caring!