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Self-Care September: 17 Things to do in The Name Of Self-Care

10/18/2017
Hello hello! Welcome back to my Self-Care series! This is going to be my last post in this series so I have gathered a list of my favourite things and ideas of what to do for my self when I have a spare moment to myself. It is important to remember that self-care is about more than just taking a bubble bath or eating a piece of chocolate, it's about learning to nurture your body and mind, taking proper care of your self and knowing your worth. These tips are 17 of my favourite things to do in the name of self-care - mind, body, and soul.

hope you enjoy xx


1.  MAKE A MOTIVATION BOARD
This one doubles as a time out exercise and as a reminder/inspiration for you. I like to refresh mine every month with my new goals and focus

2. START TRACKING SLEEP
Making sure you are getting enough sleep is extremely important, so I highly recommend downloading a sleep tracking app (Apple devices have a built in ones in the 'Clock' app) so you can see how many hours sleep you are getting, what time you need to go to bed, receive reminders on when to turn off your devices and start getting ready for bed, as well as alarms and charts showing your weekly sleep habits.

3. START A BULLET JOURNAL
There are tons on Instagram accounts and Pinterest boards on this topic if you are stuck for inspiration. Bullet journaling is a fun and personal thing to do, and like to use mine to write down thoughts, goals, memories and to do lists to name a few. 

4. MAKE AN EPIC PLAYLIST
I recently made a playlist with all the old songs I loved ( 2013 Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen anyone?) and right now it is one of my favourite things to listen to. For me, songs are attached to memories, an it makes my feel a lot better to be able to relive the good moments when i'm feeling down. 

5. LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Or old. It doesn't really matter, just as long as you are learning something. You could buy or download books on something you love, learn a language or even revisit old notes from previous years. Knowledge is power after all. 

6. DO SOMETHING ACTIVE
Couch potatoes and internet addicts I'm looking at you here *looks at myself* . It is very important to stay active, and there are countless things you can find and love. I love playing basket ball (not just because I'm tall folks) and sometimes I like to put on a fun playlist and jog around my suburb and do some simple exercises afterwards. One thing I started doing to make this a habit was not letting myself shower in  the morning until I had done a workout. Sounds strange I know, but trust me, it works!

7. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE 
When was the last time you sat down a read a book? Painted a picture? Baked a cake? Played an instrument? What ever it is that you love doing, just do it. 

8. MAKE A PLAN
Is it just me, or is planning something in detail strangely soothing?
 I started making an itinerary for my gap year, planning how to reach my goals and how I'm going to boost my blog. You will be surprised at how good you feel after making a plan to stick to.

9. WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNED THIS YEAR
No, I am not talking about quadratic equations and Pythagoras theorem, I'm talking about I initially started doing this as an idea for a post to upload later in the year, but I was surprised at how many things I was able to think of. It is important - mentally and spiritually - to reflect on your life and take out the most valuable lessons, weather it be to take every opportunity or simply to never leave the room while making toast.

10. CONNECT WITH AN OLD FRIEND
Quick story time - A couple of years ago, one of my best friends moved to the other side of the planet, and long story short, we lost touch. Earlier this year we started messaging each other again, and it turns out she is coming back this December. 

11. OPEN A WINDOW
Whenever I need an extra kick of motivation, I open up my curtains and let some air in. I find it soothing to listen to the outside world and have some fresh air coming in as I do my work. 

12. TAKE A DEEP BREATH 
This one will only take a second, why don't you do it now? Close your eyes, relax your 
body and take 5 deep breaths. You probably don't realise how tense you feel all the time, so keep this one in mind for whenever you are on the bus or want a quick break from studying. 

13. START A LOOSE CHANGE JAR
I started doing this in 2015, and I have managed to rack up a solid $200 from the random coins I have found around my house or have been given to me as change from purchases. Another idea I recently saw on instagram was saving every $5 note given to you for a year and putting it in a jar with the lid superglued shut. Anyone want to try this with me in 2018?

14. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HYGIENE 
Take a shower. Wash your face. Brush out your hair. Exfoliate. There are so many things you can do to give yourself a small hygiene boost. 

15. SET SOME GOALS
Creating short-term or long-term goals is essential in having a heathy lifestyle. They can be related to anything you want, work, school, hobbies, the list goes on. Let the feeling you get when you finally complete them be your motivation. 

16. HAVE A DEVICE FREE WEEKEND
If possible, turning off all your devices and getting back in touch with the real world is always a good idea. If you can't survive the whole weekend, powering down your devices for an hour or so will also help you to fight the urge to check instagram every two seconds. I use this trick while studying and trust me, you will be surprised at how many times you reach for your phone when you are supposed to be doing something important. 

17. CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONALISED SELF-CARE ROUTINE
Last but not least, creating your own self-care routine. This is a vital step in self - care, and yours could include ideas from this list or others from around the internet. The end goal is after all, to begin nurturing your mind, body and soul daily. You only get one body, so it is important to take care of it - inside and out. 

Hope you enjoyed this list!! 
XX Lia
2 comments on "Self-Care September: 17 Things to do in The Name Of Self-Care"
  1. Ooo, think I'm going to try #13. The super-glued lid sounds like a good way to learn self-control too.

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    1. That is great Amaris! I'm glad that this post has helped you. Good luck saving! xx

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