Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day/night!
It’s now the end of year and on our way to 2023 which is insane to think about. Definitely a weird all over the place year with life and mental health so even though it definitely gave me some brutal teaching lessons I’ll happily say thank you but goodbye!
So on a lighter note I thought I’d write down a few favourites that I’ve started or kept doing throughout the year that has eased my mind. This could be stuff, activities and habits that I’ve started picking up, etc.
Alright, the first thing I’ll say is therapy. This year taught me how important therapy is for me and my mental health. This is my first year seeing a psychologist and I’m so glad to have finally done it after so many years. It showed me that it’s good to keep it up consistently, especially when just starting. I had a few sessions then got caught up in life, where I didn’t go for a couple of months or so, and unsurprisingly my mental health was impacted. I was very fortunate to have found a psychologist I clicked with and through her I’ve started to pick up some wellness habits that I’ll be mentioning.
Meditation is one of the habits that I’ve started at the end of this year through my therapy sessions. It came from learning to have patience with myself and building self compassion. I follow meditations that revolve around self compassion that was recommended as well as some general meditations on YouTube that are good for just a general relaxation. For general meditations my go to is Yoga with Adrienne. She is just so calming.
Doing meditations more consistently has even made me look forward to doing another meditation the next day or even cherishing it more. This was a notable difference as in the past, as in years ago when I first tried, I just wouldn’t settle and kept putting it off.
For me, yoga or doing a quick stretch is a nice option if I can’t be bothered or don’t have as much energy. Most days I don’t do it as soon as I wake up and normally halfway through the day. For yoga I love going to Yoga with Adrienne’s channel and for stretches I like the Madfit on YouTube as they range from 5 to 20 minutes. Just doing that little thing anytime of the day is just nice for a breather.
Now for me I don’t mean intensive workouts at the gym but it’s a few times a week putting on a cardio dance work out on YouTube or even just a walk. I need to have some fun with it to motivate me, you know? It’s only yesterday that I did my first small workout (15mins) with weights so I’m working on slowly building that but cardio is my go to when geting rid of energy that’s pent up as there are days where I get fidgety and unsettled. YouTube channels I love for these are MadFit (she has dance cardio workouts, workouts that aren’t cardio as well as stretches), The Fitness Marshall (fun dance workouts) and Emkfit (stretches and dance workouts as well as other types of workouts).
This half of the year has been me learning that as well as it is important to look after my mind, it’s just as important to look after my body. As they hold benefits for each other as well as teaching you to love your body!
I’ve done this for a year or so and always start well then slack as the year goes on. Even though this happens I still love doing it cause it’s cathartic. Drawing and colouring in and setting it out. I’ve been finishing my year off by adding stuff in pages I missed from this year, printing off photos, making collages, and it’s made me so happy. I just put something on in the background or listen to something and silently work away. It’s actually been nice as well in the sense that it’s reminded me of the things I’ve done throughout the year as I like to make notes/lists of achievements I’ve done and memories (big and small, personal ones).
*I’ve also been getting into affirmations for self concept which I like to say to myself or even write down in a separate journal along with writing down what I’m grateful for either in the mornings or night before bed (at night I also like to fall asleep to sleep affirmations).
This a habit I’ve adding into my day to day routine. My skincare routine use to be consisted of cleanser, face scrub and moisturiser and only doing it properly with everything once or so a week because it wasn’t a priority. My face can get oily so only in the past month I’ve now added a serum to my routine and doing a face mask at least once a week. Now I make sure I do my usual skincare (cleaner, face scrub -every few days-, serum and moisturise) daily and I feel like it has definitely helped my skin. Sometimes to help with my face serum I use a rose quartz roller. It’s shown me even doing a little bit each day helps me and helps me feel refreshed.
These are the main habits that I’ve been loving that I thought I’d talk about. There are other things like inner child activities that I’ve started doing as well (such as dancing around the house, colouring in, etc) but I thought if I talk about each of them the post will be way too long. So if you think you’d like me to do that or would be interested in hearing let me know!
Otherwise, if you made it to the end thank you reading this as I know it’s a longer post! I’ve just been really wanting to talk about it as I feel like they’ve definitely helped me and I always read about each of these things and I’m just like yeah I’ll get to it eventually and is a lot of people’s advice but now that I’ve actually started doing these things it’s like ohhh okay yeah I’mma keep doing this.
Do you do any of these things or have particular habits that help you?
Until next time…