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18/02/2018

I Practiced Self-Care For A Week & This Is What Happened

Today's post is all about self-care; self-care basically revolves around identifying your needs and then taking steps to meet them - this could be done through various self-care activities e.g. getting enough sleep, maintaining proper nutrition and exercising regularly. Continue reading below to find out what happened when I practiced different self-care activities for a whole week.

Monday / Extra Sleep
Following a hectic weekend, extra sleep was a great start to the week. I normally go to bed around 11:30pm, on a weekday, therefore I gave myself an extra hour of sleep. Initially, I found it difficult to fall asleep however, in the morning I felt incredibly refreshed, motivated and ready to start the day. All in all, going to bed an hour earlier than usual was definitely beneficial and I had a productive day as a result of a good night's sleep.

Tuesday / Spend Time Outdoors
After breakfast, I went for a 20-minute walk. Spending time outdoors was calming and it felt refreshing to take in my surroundings and simply breathe. Additionally, spending time outdoors left me with a clearer mind.

Wednesday / Pampering
After cleansing my skin with the Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash, I applied a face mask. Whilst the face mask dried, I gave myself a quick mani/pedi; I used the Ciate London Nail Gym, the Ciate London Nail Polish in Cookies and Cream and the Ciate London Bloom Boost. Then, I removed the face mask and applied the following products, which make up my current skincare routine; these include the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads, the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot and the Olay Beauty Fluid Moisturiser. The pampering felt incredibly relaxing and I will definitely continue to practice this self-care activity.

Thursday / Yoga
I completed a 60-minute beginners yoga session and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can confidently say that, similarly to the pampering, yoga is a self-care activity that I will continue to practice. I would recommend yoga to anyone who is looking to improve their flexibility, improve respiration and increase muscle strength and tone.

Friday / Unplug From Social Media For A Day
I initially thought that unplugging from social media for a whole day would be extremely difficult for me as, whenever I procrastinate, my phone is the first thing I reach for. However, I found that I actually had no desire to check social media throughout the day. Additionally, my productivity level was extremely good and I completed all of the day’s tasks/chores quickly. I will definitely try to practice taking screen breaks and unplugging from social media more often.

Saturday / Meditation

I downloaded a meditation app (Stop, Breathe & Think) and began my day with the hopes of loving the meditation and mindfulness process. I personally didn’t love, or hate, the experience. I will admit that the meditation was somewhat calming but I’m not sure of its effectiveness. I will continue to try meditation to get a better feel as to whether it’s a self-care activity I would recommend and/or want to do in order to feel relaxed and de-stressed.

Sunday / Start A Gratitude Journal
Once I started to make a list of the things I am grateful for in a day, I fell in love with the idea/concept. I will definitely continue to do this in the future; I’m not sure that I would practice this activity every day however, I enjoyed the whole experience and I would definitely recommend it.

In conclusion, I had a great week trying out the various self-care activities; my favourites included the extra sleep, yoga and phone detox. I think self-care is incredibly important and beneficial therefore, I will continue to try to make a bigger effort in putting myself first and learning to kick back and relax. Thanks for reading; feel free to subscribe if you enjoyed this post.
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