My Favorite Self Care Tips

I think self care is really important. Especially during the times when you’re experiencing a really low point in your mental health journey.

When you’re at your lowest, it’s hard to do anything sometimes other than lie in bed and stare at the walls. Despite these feelings, it’s extremely important to get out of bed and take care of yourself.

Before I get into my own favorite self care methods, here’s a video by Lucy and Rosianna, who are awesome, talking about self care.

(Also I wrote this before making Wednesday’s post so hahaha, enjoy another video).

So moving into my four favorite self care tips, tricks, and methods if you want to call them that.

1. Hydrate yourself

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Drink a glass of water, I love to drink a glass of ice water, or at least cold water of some sort in order to wake up a little and almost jolt me out of whatever funk I’m in at the moment. It’s definitely not a cure all but it helps immensely with motivation to then do other things.

2.Clean yourself up

Shower, brush your teeth, wash your face, put clean underwear and pajamas on or actually get dressed. Sometimes I’ll even put makeup on just because it’s something to distract me and I also love the process of applying it. It’s really important to prioritize personal hygiene when you’re feeling low. Leaving yourself dirty and feeling grimy can often make yourself feel worse than normal just because you do feel gross. It’s hard to actually care about yourself as a human being if you’re not feeling quite human.

I also think it’s important to have a cleanish space. I would change my bedding and pick up the biggest messes on my floor (probably all clothes). If you have a dishwasher, definitely put any dirty dishes in there and if you don’t, don’t feel like you have to wash them all right away however, getting that task done would be a big accomplishment. I know finishing a task always makes me feel better since it gives me less to do some other time, and I feel productive!

3.Eat something

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Eat something small and snacky if you’re not feeling up to cooking, or make yourself a nice meal and store the leftovers for the next few days. I personally like to bake when I’m sad. Sweets are kind of my weak spot. Right now I have a ton of extra peanut butter in my cupboard here at school (because I got a jar in my stocking for Christmas) and I definitely think I’m going to make some of the peanut butter balls from this post the next time I need something distracting and worthwhile to do.

I think it’s important to get your blood sugar up and some nutrients into your body. I know I can always tell a huge difference in my mood when I eat something. Carbs are my friend when it comes to being sad and I love pasta for meals. A smoothie is always good too. I tend to lean towards a chocolate protein smoothie with frozen bananas, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and almond milk when I’m sad. It tastes like ice cream and always makes me happier because it doesn’t come with the lovely stomachache that real ice cream gives me.

4.Do something you enjoy

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Now when I say do something you enjoy, I mean do something that you absolutely can’t mess up no matter what that you actually like doing. Like reading, or watching YouTube, or for me I really enjoy to stress crochet. I find that it’s better not to do something that could possibly be messed up, you don’t want to end up getting angry with yourself or even more sad because you can’t do what you want to do. This is not the time to start a new hobby! That is definitely a task for a different day! And don’t try to deep clean anything either, if things do need to get cleaned, see my above cleaning category.

When I do stuff like this, this is when I like to also treat myself. Usually this means drinking a soda, sometimes even a Diet Coke (because honestly I never drink diet soda).

So, when you’re really feeling down and getting out of bed is almost impossible, I really encourage you all to form a simple routine that you follow when you need some structure the most. The four things in this post are pretty broad and there are so many different things that you can do to take care of yourself.

I hope you all have a great Friday.

Surviving Finals

Take a deep breath everyone… Smell that? That’s right! It’s the smell of fear and desperation as finals week looms in our near future.

This is my first time experiencing the joy that is college finals so I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m doing to get ready for them. I will admit though, that I have it pretty easy this semester and I’m really thankful for that. I only have two tests that I have to prepare for and only one of those tests is actually during our scheduled finals time. I do have a bunch of projects and papers and final assignments on the other hand so my advice is going to be geared more towards those.

So, without further ado, here’s how I’m surviving finals.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

1 My finals are split up with one on a Friday and then the rest on Monday and Tuesday the next week. If any of the rest of you have a similar schedule I really recommend using the weekend. Spend that extra time you have to prepare for other tests or projects and save the parties or Netflix for Tuesday night.

2 Set a timer for 30 minutes and spend it working without any distractions. Then when those 30 minutes are finished, spend 5 minutes doing something else (like cleaning, going to the bathroom, packing, reading a nonacademic book, or watching some tv, Netflix, or YouTube). I started using this method right before Thanksgiving break when I had a lot of stuff that I needed to get done and I found that it does wonder for your concentration and work.

3 If your professors give things out ahead of time, get them done! I can’t even say this enough. A lot of my professors gave out assignments and projects and tests out way ahead of time and even though they aren’t due for  few weeks I’m already setting aside some time to work on them so that I won’t have to scramble and stress about them once it comes time to turn them in.

 4 If you have extra time between classes, spend it studying. I know it’s so tempting to pick up your phone and spend that time in between your classes playing a game, or checking Instagram, but really, pick up your notes and study. I’ve been doing this for the past week and I really think it’s going to help me out.

5 Make a study guide! I know that opening up my notebooks or textbook and trying to study all that information can be extremely overwhelming so I decided to make study guides for some of my tests. Yesterday I made a study guide for my communications final and ended up summing up an entire textbook and all of my notes into 10 pages. I used the tests that my professor had given us over the course of the semester and used that to find the information that would most likely be on the final and expanded that into what I already had in my notes and what was in the textbook. It’s still a lot of information but it’s a lot less overwhelming than it had originally been.

6 Sleep. I know that a lot of you might be staying up really late to try and get everything that you need to get done done but try and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night if you can. Sleep is so important for you and trust me, your brain, grades, and immune system will all thank you for the sleep.

7 Lastly, make a countdown. Right now I only have 13 days left of my semester and I’m so excited. Knowing that the end of my first semester is getting closer is motivating me to finish my classes strong and power through to the end of finals.

I just want to end this post by wishing all of you fellow students good luck with your finals. I believe in you guys!

Have a great day everyone