Little self care tips for stressful and busy times

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I hope you're all doing better than I am — the past two weeks have been very stressful and difficult for me. I'm currently preparing for a very important piano symposium so there's been very little time to spare for self care. 

I know that self care is something lots of people talk about and give tips about, and it's usually all very aesthetic, like fairy lights and baths (not that any of that is bad). But how many of us actually make it a priority to fit some self care into our everyday lives? 
Because self care isn't just for when you're on vacation, and all the work and stress is on pause. In fact, I'd say that it's even more important in the MIDDLE of all the work and stress, because that's when you need it the most! I cannot emphasize how important it is to make self care a priority.

But I do know how how hard it is to remember to take care of yourself, especially during super busy times, so here are a few quick little self care things for those hectic days!

1) Meditate before bed: However you want to do it — using an app like Headspace (not product placement lol), meditating on the Word (or your Holy book of choice), or even just simply being aware of your thoughts, breathing and the state of your body. Doing this for just five minutes before you go to bed will help you to collect your thoughts, calm your frazzled mind, and just center yourself before bed. I find that this works especially well before bed because it also helps you to fall asleep easier.

If you have no idea what to do or how to meditate, this is a little routine I've been doing for the past two weeks before bed:

First of all, you need to get yourself into a comfortable position. For me this is usually laying on back on my bed, without a pillow to promote natural air flow to my lungs. But it can be in a comfy chair, leaning against some pillows, whatever makes you most comfortable.
Start by taking notice of your breathing. Make sure you're breathing from your diaphragm, not shallowly from the top of your lungs. Take a few nice deep breaths, counting 5 to breathe in, 3 to hold, and 8 to let go. Keep it slow, rhythmical, and controlled. Imagine that you're breathing out all your build up negative energy and whatever hurt or pain you're carrying. And when you breathe in, breathe in all the positive energy in the world. You can have a picture in your mind to help you really get into this.
Next, just allow your thoughts to drift and think about the events of the day. Think about how you felt today and the reasons for those feelings. Remind yourself that whatever you're feeling is real and valid and that your emotions are important. Don't push away any feelings, negative or positive.
Just be. You are real and you exist and your life is valid. You live in a beautiful world. Be thankful for everything you have, because if you're able to read this, you already have a lot to be thankful for.
Eventually, I calm down so much that I fall asleep while doing this. It is honestly one of my favourite parts of the day.

2) Remember to drink water: This one is so simple I almost shouldn't have to say it. But we all know how important water is! Set a reminder on your phone to remind you to get a drink if you know you'll probably forget.

3) Don't overwork yourself: Learn to know when you're at your limit. Try and be more self-aware throughout the day by simply noticing your thoughts and feelings. Don't be on autopilot. Because when we mindlessly complete task after task without checking in with ourselves to see if we can actually handle it, it could lead to burnout. So please don't do that to yourself!

4) Put on a song and tidy up for five minutes: I LOVE doing this, it's actually such a good life hack lol. Dance around your room/ house and tidy up all the things you keep on meaning to but never get around to because you're so busy. I don't know about you,but seeing things neat and tidy just makes me feel so content and happy and much less stressed out!

So I hope those four little tips help you take care of yourself a bit better! I think we all need a self care reminder once in a while. We are actually so mean to ourselves and our bodies without realizing it. The amount of stress we put on ourselves isn't healthy. That's why I really hope you'll actually put some of these things into practise because I care about you and your mental health!

Till next time, have a wonderful day you precious creation!

Lots of love, Ameryn. 


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