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Hi! I'm Laura, a 22-year millennial girl discovering who I am by sharing my life experiences on my blog. You'll find me writing about me discovering my personal style, my growing wanderlust or giving any sort of style, uni or mental health advice.

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WHAT DOES SELF-CARE MEAN TO YOU?



Self-care is so big at the moment. It seems like we all seem to be realising that spending all of your time on the internet or just being super busy all the time isn’t healthy for your physical or mental health. There are so many articles being written right now to guide people to recharge their battery by putting on facemasks and subscribing to pamper beauty boxes. And as lovely as it is to put an occasional facemask on while taking a bath, I often don’t feel recharged. More often than not I find myself looking to others to see what their self-care routines consist of so I can adapt it into my life and feel all peachy, zen and recharged. But putting on a facemask and washing my hair does not recharge my battery how I like it to feel ‘recharged’. We all need to take a break sometimes to properly take care of ourselves, but what does self-care mean to you?





Don’t waste your money on any products or subscriptions

Throughout the years I have spent so much money on stuff I didn’t need just so I could experience what others were experiencing when they were talking or writing about self-care. Because when I was younger I would assume that by using that relaxing shower gel or facemask that an influencer was recommending would have the same effect on me. I would wash the facemask off my face after letting it dry and would feel like a new, refreshed girl. That was never really the case for me personally. Nowadays there are even subscriptions that are all about the self-care products. But over the years I have come to realize it’s not amount of money you spend on products that is going to help take care of you. What is most important, is that you should find out how you can recharge your own battery without having to copy other people’s self-care routines.

Find out how to recharge your own battery

Back in the day it the sound of planning an evening filled with self-care would make my skin crawl. The thought of having to spend an entire evening in a bath, when you’re not a bath person I might add, while having to shave your legs and then moisturise and fake tan your entire body seemed like such a hassle. It would not recharge my battery whatsoever, it would usually have the complete opposite effect on me. I would go to bed feeling a bit rattled and stressed and would wake up in the morning feeling absolutely exhausted. Finding a self-care routine that works is different to everybody. Where some people might love to spend their evening in the bath while watching or reading something, I would much rather take a hot shower continued by hopping in a bed with fresh sheets. I would usually spend the rest of my evening reading in bed.

What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t just copy someone else’s self-care routine to recharge your battery. It’s more important to find out how you can recharge your battery. My self-care activities can vary from what kind of mood I am in. Some of my favourite self-care activities include going for a walk in nature, reading a book, but taking care of yourself and recharging your battery doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t spend any time with someone else. Other days, especially if I have been holed up inside behind my laptop all day and haven’t seen my friends in a while, I can really recharge my battery by seeing my friends. Catching with them over really tasty food is just what I need after a day like that. Self-care routines are different on every occasion, so really try to figure out how to make it work for you by taking time to sit and write down things that make you happy.



How I incorporate self-care into my everyday life

Since being more aware of how my mind and body work, I have also come to the realisation that it’s so important to try and recharge your battery every day so you start your next one feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to take the day. Of course I still have days where I just cannot seem to feel refreshed or re-energized, but I really try to incorporate some self-care into my day-to-day life instead of picking just one evening every two weeks. Like I said before, how I like to take care of myself and my body and mind is different every day. Sometimes I like to go for a walk, I go to the gym or I read. Other days I like to cook dinner or do some yoga and mediate at home for a bit. One thing that has really helped me take more care of myself is my gratitude journal. This has helped me see the positives and things you are grateful for in life, which can instantly help you feel calmer and is a good way to bring some positive energy into your mind.

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  1. I loved this post Laura, such a great angle to self-care! ♥︎ It really is important to establish the self-care regime that works for you, without comparing it to others. And actually reading this I realised it's the hot yoga classes that are self-care to me, they just always leave me feeling recharged and ready to face the world again!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Pinja, I'm so glad you loved it! It's so important to establish a self-care routine that works for you. I'm so glad this made you realise that hot yoga classes are your self-care moment. I am yet to try it out! xx

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  2. Lovely post Laura! It's so important to find what works for your own self when it comes to self-care! Everyone is unique at the end of the day! xx

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Holly, I'm glad you liked it. And I couldn't agree more, every self-care routine is just as unique as every person is! xx

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