04 October 2018

My Self Care Routine

I believe that taking care of yourself is very important, and you should always try to put yourself first at least once a week. For me, this includes around two hours on a Sunday solely dedicated to self care, to treating myself. So I thought I'd share a bit about my routine.

Self Care Sunday

I try to dedicate a few hours on a Sunday just for self care. It's true Me Time, when I step back and look out for myself.

Have a Lie In
Although this tends to fail, I try to have an extra hour on a weekend, especially on a Sunday. I keep my eye mask on and my ear plugs in and try to force myself to get that extra hour. Then I give up, get up, and drink the glass of water I keep by my bed.

Get Some Tea
I get myself a huge cup of strong tea. Usually it's just a breakfast blend with milk, but sometimes I really treat myself and reach for some Darjeeling.

Book and Tea - Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

Read a Book
Once I have my tea, I crawl back into bed and read for an hour or so. I like this quiet hour, this time spent solely on a book. Sometimes I'll have my Sunday Morning Acoustic Chill playlist on in the background. But this also leads to my downfall, as after an hour I tend to reach for my phone to update my currently reading on Goodreads and then I just end up lost scrolling on Twitter.

Catch Up on YouTube
I spend an hour or so catching up on any YouTube videos from my faves that I may have missed during the week. I try to keep on top of them daily, but some videos can be very long. I also use it as an excuse to watch old favourites.

Get Up and Do Stuff
This is my general milling around and getting stuff done. Sometimes it's going out for lunch, sometimes it's cleaning the house and doing the dishes. This is where it stops being so much about me, and more about doing what needs to be done.

Play a Game
Around four o'clock I tend to boot up my laptop and jump on Guild Wars 2 or The Sims 3. More often than not it's Guild Wars 2, and I'll run around doing a bit of story and map completion before going on World vs World, the server Discord nattering away in my ear, pew-pewing with my ranger. If it's The Sims 3 then I create worlds full of book characters and watch it all fall apart.

#SundayYA
I love #SundayYA chat, it's honestly my favourite thing on Twitter. It's going to be taking a break shortly, so I'm cramming in as much chatter as possible. I love my Sunday evening bookish chats, and I've made the most amazing friends.

William and Joseph candles, Be Our Guest

Set the Scene
As soon as it starts getting dark I dim  My favourite candle in autumn is William and Joseph's Be Our Guest, which smells like apple pie and cinnamon (and I want to eat it).

Bath Time
I run myself a hot bath and either pour in some bubbles - my go to is Tisserand's  Lavender & White Mint bath soak - or chuck in a bathbomb or bath salts. While the bath is running I'll pour myself a glass of wine, pick which book I'm going to read, and get an ambient noise playlist going. This is just more time for me and getting lost in a book.

Book and Bath - Mata Hari by Michelle Moran

Bed Time
I try to have an early night on a Sunday, to set me up for the day ahead. PJs on, lights dimmed, and I just think about the week I've had an the week ahead until I've wound down. Sometimes I use some Lush Sleepy Time lotion on my elbows and knees, for an extra boost of lavender, but not too much as lavender can be quite stimulating in large quantities and wake you up.


Do you dedicate time to self-care?

Daily Acts of Self Care

These are the little things I try to do on the daily. I don't do them all every day, but I do try. How many I get through seems to be a pretty good measure of how I feel mentally and physically that day.

  • Drink some water
  • Cleanse and moisturise
  • Read a book
  • Drink a hot cup of tea
  • Brush your hair
  • Have a bath
  • Eat your comfort food
  • Settle down with Netflix
  • Put down your phone
  • Give yourself a compliment
  • Paint your nails
Have a wonderful day note

How do you practice self care?

13 comments:

  1. I really love your non-bookish blog posts, keep them coming!😍

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.be

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    1. Thank you :) I'me really enjoying going back to posting about anything and everything!

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  2. I am so jealous of your routine. Not possible with a kid, but I do try to get in a little reading before bed after the baby goes to sleep these days. And when she naps in the afternoon, I either write or blog hop or read fanfiction.

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  3. This sounds like such a wonderful day, Cora! Sunday mornings are designed for lie ins, tea, reading & YouTube, right? I also end up scrolling endlessly on Twitter too ha ha. Your evening bath sounds super relaxing. Lavender and white mint bath soak sounds dreamy. Thank you for sharing, lovely post! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  4. Love this post - this is literally what I do on a Sunday. Self care is so important and I love that more and more people are practicing it in different little ways. Thanks for sharing x

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  5. Playing a game is my ultimate form of self care and the thing I do most when I'm feeling off or down. It's the perfect way to totally zone out and just focus on you and what you're playing :)

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  6. Sunday’s are a great day to dedicate to self-care! They’re so slow and you have so many hours to just look after you, and do what you want. I love how you take him for yourself, reading is such a great way to do that and lose yourself in another world! I like cooking as my relaxation and taking time for myself. I’ll put on a podcast or YT videos and just cook or bake ☺️

    Beka | www.bekadaisies.com

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  7. I think it's really important to have a self care Sunday! I like to turn my phone off and have a social media free day.

    Luce xo | www.lifeofluce.com

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  8. Absolutely loved this post. Such a great idea. That lavender and mint bath soak sounds amazing. I don't have a specific routine, but I find time most days to read and enjoy a cup of coffee .

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  9. Love this talk on self-care! Although I do many of these I never consciously thought of them as self-care. I realize I need to be more mindful of how I treat myself, as sometimes I can confuse self-care with me being unproductive. Not a very good mindset, I know! So, this post is a good reminder for me! <3

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  10. I love this post , how amazing does your Apple pie and cinnamon candle sound �� ��

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  11. Your Sundats sounds SO nice, and I'm really enjoying seeing your non-bookish posts 😊. I love having painted nails too, even though I've not in ages, and do some of the other things on your daily list much more regularly- I love getting in a few episodes of whatever I'm watching and reading and having some chocolate. Also, I'm so glad it's not just me who rewatches Youtube videos, I've always thought it was just me and I was odd 😂
    Amy x

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  12. This sounds amazing! Self care is so important!! I love your daily care list!

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