My name is Ashley and I am super excited to share with you my #SelfCareSunday tips and tricks.
Before becoming an advocate for mental health, I had never heard of the word per se… I had known the importance of taking care of myself, but it was more something I’d learned through my personal experiences. How cool is the progress that has been made in promoting self-care and overall wellbeing (especially for stressed students, like me).
Here are what I do for my own #SelfCareSunday, but the whole point of this is to encourage you to find what works for YOU!
1. SLEEP IN.
I am not embarrassed to say that I LOVE my sleep. There’s nothing like a comfy bed with warm blankets and soft pillows. Honestly, most of my schoolwork is done in my bed (and I’m not scared to admit it!). It just relaxes me and is my “safe space”. I am most productive sitting in a mess of pillows and sheets, believe it or not. Even as I write this, take a guess where I am… So, you’re in bed until 2:30 pm? Great. It’s the weekend. If it makes you happy, go for it.
COMFY MUCH? I love my zzz's
2. GREAT FOOD (or sweets!)
As a student, I really appreciate the value of a good meal. Plus, combined with my recovery with anorexia as a teen, I’ve learnt that food can be soothing for the soul. During exams, there is really nothing like a home-cooked meal or treat out for a restaurant (yes, study breaks are proven to be beneficial!). I’m lucky I live at home and so home-cooked meals are not far, but if this isn’t the case for you, I am happy to say that a good bowl of froyo topped with my favourite treats does the trick. Or an oozing piece of pie. My boyfriend has somehow figured out to bring me froyo when I am stressed (YES!!!)
OH-MY-APPLE-PIE, made by yours truly.
3. SNUGGLES. Yes, you heard me.
Cuddling holds immense power, at least for me. It melts my stress away. Either with a good friend, significant other or ANIMALS, there’s nothing quite like it. Don’t feel comfortable with cuddling? Not a problem. During midterms and finals, universities often hold events where students can meet-and-greet dogs to reduce stress levels.
Look at that face!
4. Friends. Family. Good times.
If you are a student like me, your brain NEEDS a break during exams or studying. Take a few hours to chill with loved ones. Get a good laugh in. Your mind will thank you.
(No picture because they’d get mad for posting silly pictures of them J)
5.…. WHATEVER ELSE YOU ARE IN THE MOOD FOR.
One important aspect of #SelfCareSunday is to do what you WANT. Feeling a good movie day? Some yoga and meditation? As they say, the day is your oyster. Even if that means doing absolutely zilch, it’s YOUR #SelfCareSunday. There is no need to be productive or to answer to anyone. This is for YOU. No judgement needed.
As always, don’t forget to tweet @wearyourlabel and hashtag #SelfCareSunday to let us know what are your ways to self-care!