Those of you who have been reading this little space for a while may know that during April my mental health was not at an all time peak to say the least and since then I've been working hard to get back to a good (hopefully better) place. Obviously everyone's mental health journey looks very different to another's but we all have those little routines that help us to completely disconnect, unwind and recharge. Here are just a few things I do to calm down and get back to feeling like me again, what are yours?
S P A C E
As a BIG introvert being around people all day long or when out and about it can make me feel overwhelmed / make me want to seek my own company pronto - at the very least interaction on a level I'm happy with. My space is incredibly valuable to me as it's my safe place and represents my creativity, relaxation and likes all in one. As I still live with the parents my only space is my bedroom and in there I can surround myself with the things that make me happy plus shut the world out when it's a bit too much and have some breathing space.
C A N D L E S
Something you can find in abundance in my room is candles, this year [especially after my declaration and goal of minimalism (read here)] I decided to start to get rid of my backlog even the 'special' ones you save for an occasion that never comes. Although I'm aware they aren't the greatest in terms of air quality however lighting 1 for a couple of hours can really set the mood for a cosy night in. When a candle gets lit, it symbolises those quieter moments and can encourage a bit of relaxation.
S K I N C A R E
It's a well known fact that the topic of beauty is not a forte of mine however as I'm getting older it's become very apparent that I need to take care of myself physically (as well as mentally) and this includes my skin. Literally just before I go to bed I take joy in applying my super basic skincare routine, it may make aficionados screech with contempt but it's done wonders for my complexion in having my own routine.
My Night Time Items Include:
#02 || The Ordinary 'Buffet' Serum
S L I G H T L Y H E A L T H I E R
C H O I C E S
It's a self-fulfilling prophecy that once you start to eat unhealthy food you don't always feel great about it but you then eat more crappy food to make up for those feelings and it can become a huge spiral that extends into other aspects of your lifestyle. In being brutally honest I am not only an incredibly picky eater but my diet is not the pinnacle of health, after a continued blip over the past festive period I've slowly been getting back into my own slightly healthier rhythm by looking at my portion sizes, fitness even including dare I say it ... salads into my weekly menu - a couple of years ago this was not even a consideration. After purposefully choosing to look after my body a little better there are happy hormones as I'm not depriving myself of anything just being a teeny bit more conscientious of what goes in and when I do have a big treat (i.e. my weight in pizza) it does mean a lot.
Other little improvements I've started to take note of:
Saying no // Read more books // Reed diffusers with a sweet scent // Wearing pin badges with outfits //
Trying more with style // Getting outside with those sunny rays (even begrudgingly)
W H A T A R E Y O U R F A V O U R I T E S E L F C A R E
R O U T I N E S ??