Self Care 101 – What is Self Care? – Mental Health Mondays

As of late, it seems that the idea of self care has become a hot topic. I personally hear just about everyone talking about self care, how it makes them feel, and how important it is to them. But, what exactly is self care? Is it just bubble baths, fancy face masks, and painted nails, or could it be more? For Mental Health Monday, were gonna chat some Self Care 101.

Self Care 101 – So, What Even Is Self Care?

Self care is a routine or action that helps you to take care of you, makes you feel good, and may even alleviate some of the symptoms of mental health issues, like anxiety or depression. Other than that, the definition of self care is incredibly vast; it means something different to just about anyone you talk to. For me personally, I like to soak in a bath or spend some time outside with a book. For some people, it might be taking a nap, or going for a run. You can personalize it as much as you want, to help it best serve you.

The one major misconception is that I had for years was that taking the time for me and what I needed was selfish. Why take the time to rest or do something fun when I had so much work hanging over my head for school? In all reality, the quality of my work was much improved after I had time to recharge and get back on track. The constant work can seriously wear on you if you aren’t careful. Add in anxiety or depression (way more common than you think!) and it can be a recipe for disaster.

Self Care 101 – How to Implement Self Care in Everyday Life

One major misconception that surrounds the idea of self care is that it’s simply taking a bath or using a face mask. While both are lovely ways for some to relax and indulge in self care (myself included!) there are literally thousands of ways to get it in on the daily basis.

For some people, it can be as simple as making sure they get enough water in during the day. They feel better when they’re hydrated (who doesn’t?) so keeping a water bottle near by is a good way for them to practice self care. For you, it might be going for a walk or listening to music. It’s unique to every single person.

If you’re looking to find a good routine for self care, I would suggest starting with the things that make you feel happiest. I like to relax with different skin care and such, but I’m really into makeup so the correlation is there. Hobbies can be a great way to practice self care!

While it seems overly repetitive, only you knows whats best! Finding a new routine is half of the fun though!

What do you do to practice self care? What makes you feel better when stuff gets stressful? Let me know in the comment section below!

Happy Monday! Kill it out there!

XOXO

Em

 

July Favorites – Beauty, Planner Items & More!

Ah, its finally August! This month is big for me, with a giant move, a new school year and more all packed in! We can’t start the new month though without covering my July favorites! I love writing these each month because I always find so many things that are worth writing about!

I did so much this last July. I visited flea markets, took day trips to the beach, and spent some much needed time getting back to myself, and trust me, I am feeling like a totally new person. You never realize how negative you can be when you feel stuck in experiences that make you feel miserable. I am SO thrilled to be back to being myself!

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Lifestyle July Favorites

I am finally back to writing all my to do’s down in a physical, paper planner. You would not BELIEVE how much of a difference it’s made for me. It helps me to get so much stuff done, while not forgetting to do the important things! I love my calendar on my computer and my phone, but having somewhere to write things down has been such a giant help for me.

With a cute planner, you need cute pens! I love my pastel pens that help to keep everything looking cute and upbeat! Obviously, this isn’t something you HAVE to have, but having peppy pens is so nice! I keep mine in my bag so I always have them with me.

Another essential for your planner? Planner stickers! I am obsessed with my planner stickers, because again, they help to make it super cute! I love Happy Planner stickers, even though I don’t use a Happy Planner, because they are always really cute and come in a ton of varieties! 

This month I also got my Apple Watch! I am totally IN LOVE with it and don’t think that I could live without it now! I was sent a few bands in exchange for my review, and they’re super cute! The pastel bands come in a pack of 9 with more neutral shades and the gold band comes alone! I have to say, I am loving them both! Being able to swap your bands out for different outfits is so much fun!

Beauty July Favorites

It’s no secret that I love beauty and all that comes with it! Getting to try out new treats every month is seriously one of my favorite things.

I have had a sample of the Superhero Mascara by it Cosmetics sitting around in my mascara drawer for a while and just got around to trying it this month and WOW. This is possibly my favorite mascara ever at this point. My lashes are on the sad side; they stick straight out and have no ability to hold a curl. But, this mascara helps them actually be seen, which is somewhat unheard of to me! Totally worth the money.

Will I ever stop mentioning the Mario Badescu sprays? Probably not. As always, these little sprays are a major staple in my beauty routine. I keep one in my bag, because these babies are good for a mid day refresh! They pack in so much moisture without that gross heavy feeling. 

Snack July Favorites

Snack all day, everyday.

I am nearly ashamed to admit how much I have been loving these yummy rainbow candies! I keep a bag in my purse for a little mid day pick me up. They aren’t too sour and really are super tasty, and each bag has a super generous amount of candy!

I have fallen in love with Starbucks Refreshers! These drinks are so super good for summer and have just a tiny kick of caffeine to help keep you moving. They are available in tons of delicious flavors too!

Did you have any favorite items you stumbled upon in the last month? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO

Em