20 August 2018

My Non-Cosmetic Self Care Tips


I've previously shared a post on my blog featuring my cosmetic tips for self-care and lifting your mood. However, I know that not everyone wants to turn to cosmetics so I wanted to recommend a few ideas for ways to improve your mood without reaching for a bath bomb.

Do a bit of Spring Cleaning
My friend Lily and I have noticed before that our rooms represent our mental state - when we feel calm, they're nice and tidy, and when we're stressed and overwhelmed there's stuff ALL OVER the floor. It's true what they say: a tidy room is a tidy mind.


Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to keep things clean and tidy, but if you can, this can be so beneficial for your mood. Pick up the rubbish from the floor, organise your desk, even alphabetise your bookcase. When you're finished you've got an uncluttered space for you to enjoy and appreciate, and a sense of satisfaction.


For me, it feels easier for me to focus and relax when I'm not climbing over piles of clothes for me to open a drawer, so I definitely recommend a declutter and organisation session to lift your mood.

Go on a Netflix Binge
To some people this is counter intuitive, but when you can't find the motivation to be productive, you might as well entertain yourself! Binge watching a show can be the most relaxing and enjoyable thing from time to time, and I find that when I've finished watching what I'm watching, my mood has improved without me noticing.

Some of my favourite shows to binge watch include 'RuPaul's Drag Race' (it's lighthearted and funny, and I adore looking at the queens' makeup looks on the runway!), 'Red Dwarf' (I'll call it out, some of the jokes are a tad sexist, but in general this show makes me laugh out loud), and 'Buzzfeed Unsolved' on YouTube (Ryan and Shane's dynamic is entertaining, and their content is immersive and fascinating).

Sometimes you just have to take the time to do literally nothing, and going on a Netflix binge can be the best way to let yourself relax and just breathe.

Speak to a friend
I know that when my mood is low it's so easy for me to tell myself that no one cares about me or wants to hear about my problems. I make myself feel guilty and tell myself that I'm a burden if I share my struggles. But you know what? That's what good friends are for.

Talking through your problems over the phone, FaceTime, or even face to face can be so beneficial. Sometimes all you need is a shoulder to cry on and a good friend can provide just that. Alternatively, they can offer you a different point of view or advice for how you can solve whatever is getting you down. Another benefit to this is that your friends may not know what is going on in your life, and letting them in can not only bring you closer but gives them chance to understand what's wrong with you.


I often have heart to hearts with my mum, or pull my bestie aside or ring her, but sometimes even someone you're not that close with can be an excellent listener. I know there are people who I wouldn't consider a best friend who are so good at listening to and understanding me that I am more than happy to turn to them when things go wrong.

You are not a burden, you are not a bore. Let your friends help you. Trust me, they want to.

I'd like to reiterate that none of these are cures for mental illness, and if you feel you are struggling with your moods to the point where it's affecting your day to day life, I strongly recommend speaking to a doctor to receive further help.

Lots of love,
Hannah

2 comments:

  1. Oh I love Netflix! I'm currently watching Revenge. I know, I'm the last person to have seen that series! Lol. Anyway, I'm following you on Bloglovin, Facebook and on Pinterest!

    Hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    airishabella.com

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    1. You're not the last - I've not seen it yet either haha!

      Thank you for reading!

      Hannah

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