New Year, New Me, right? 2017 was a rough year for me, personally and just on a larger political scale. I am really hoping 2017 will at least bring good things on a personal scale or at least won’t try to take me on an intense emotional coaster; however, I am not holding any high hopes for not experiencing high amounts of stress because the world is falling the fuck apart. I am not trying to be pessimistic though, I just know that even if good things happen, I ~will~ be stressed out and so since the year has only barely begun and I haven’t experienced any high amounts of stress yet, I thought I’d do a post centering around what ~I~ plan to do for self-care this year. Having a plan for self-care is important, in my opinion, because it offers at least some measure of control when things get rough? THAT’S JUST ME THOUGH. You do you if you handle stress and anxiety in different ways!
1. De-stress by taking care of my skin
I did this a lot last year. I loved putting a face mask, doing some pore-cleansing strips and just washing my face after all of that. A clean face always makes me feel better and I know I am going to do that a lot more this year. Also 2018 is the year I want to focus more on my skin! HAPPY SKIN = HAPPY ME
2. Get Fresh Air
This is something I am really bad at doing. Like really really bad and I need to work on it. Walking outside has always helped me re-evaluate and calm down a little but because I am such a home-body sometimes, it’s hard for me to actually get the courage to leave
3. Adult Coloring Books
I’ve never really spend a lot of time with them but I own one and I think I should at least try it as a self-care technique. Like put on a tv show and unwind. Using pens stresses me out though so I’ll stick to color pencils and crayons like back in elementary school. Going back to the roots, amirite?
4. Journaling a little bit
Not like a bullet journal but like a diary/planner, maybe? I’ve also just need to be consistent with my planner usage because planning makes me happy. I like having everything written down and planned out and I need to be better about actually doing that because it makes me feel better. There have been a # of times when I am feeling overwhelmed by things and just writing stuff out and claiming some sort of control over my environment has always been helpful.
5. Choosing not to read sometimes
This may be the most surprising thing on here but I tend to stress myself out by forcing books on myself when I don’t want to read? There are definitely moments when reading is the answer and reading helps me unwind but I have to be in a reading mood and I need to stop forcing books on myself when I cannot handle it.
What are some of your self-care techniques? Do you have any plans in place for 2018? Let me know!
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My plan is to not forget putting my night face cream, drinking water at work and eating at leas one fruit a day!
I am such a picky fruit eater but I do like smoothies so i’ve been trying to incorporate fruit into my diet via smoothies!
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I know, 2017 was just awful! Personally and on a larger scale. I’m really determined to have a better year this year. I love the idea of journalling and doing some kind of crafting (coloring, etc) to help relieve stress.
I am sorry 2017 was awful for you too personally <3 I am sending all the good vibes your way for having a better 2018. WE GOT THIS.
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I really started getting into self-care in 2017 and I find taking the time for just me, makes me feel so much better. My main activities are skin care, morning pages, yoga, and being outdoors. Hope you have a good 2018!
Morning pages like journaling? Or just sitting down and getting your schedule for the day together in the am! Also I so need to work on being outdoors more. I think that would make me feel much better.
I also feel like I get scared to leave the house by myself when I think walks would help. I’m going to try to work on that as well!
YAY! We got this!
My plan is to drink more water, exercise and stop stressing. Another goal is to visit the spa. I’ve never been to one and I intend to remedy that this year.
I //wish// I could afford a trip to a spa! They sound like such an amazing way to destress! Also drinking more water is so important and I need to work on that. I’ve been trying to semi-regular my water intake just to make sure I am not dehydrated but you know, with water, the more the better.