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    Current Self Care Faves

    Today I want to talk about my favorite forms of self care.

    So what is self care? To me, it’s the small things I can do when I am feeling stressed or even just have uncomfortable thoughts I need to process and work through. It’s a way to rejuvenate and become ready and excited for things going on in life. So in no particular order, here are the self care things I am loving lately:

    At home mani/pedi: I love taking the time to do my nails at home. I like to pop up a movie or a youtube video, and do my nails. The best part is that I have a reason to sit still for several minutes afterwards while my nails dry 🙂

    Reading: Yes yes, classic introvert. Nothing better than getting pulled into another world of a book. Right now I’m reading Three Wishes (affiliate link.)

    Watercolor painting: So this is one that I’m trying but haven’t actually been loving as much as I thought! I got the idea from immaeatthat, who posts the most beautiful watercolor paintings. Right now I’m just finding it too stressful to make something pretty! I think as I become more comfortable with it, I’ll find it more relaxing.

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    Yoga: Ahhhh yoga. I went through a period earlier this year where I was doing yoga every night before bed, and I was loving it. I’m not quite as consistent these days, but I love the feeling of relaxation I have after a good yoga session. I like to do one or two youtube yoga videos before bed. (FYI I highly recommend Bad Yogi!)

    Music: I’ve been playing instruments for basically as long as I remember (piano as a child, a short stint in orchestra, then band throughout high school and college.) After graduating and working full time, I wasn’t making any music and it felt like a big part of my life was missing. So now I’m happy to play in our church’s handbell choir, and when we don’t have rehearsals (aka summer), I like to play on a small/cheap keyboard I have at home. Concentrating on playing piano helps the clear my mind!

    Journaling: Ok so I’m not actually sure you can call what I do journaling. I am a HUGE fan of the brain dump. Whenever I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing because I have too many thoughts running through my head, I grab a piece of paper or sticky note and just write down everything that comes to mind. About 90% of the time I immediately throw this paper away, so I don’t have the pressure of making something pretty in a journal. There’s just something about writing it all out (and especially then throwing it away) that really clears my mind. Also, after getting it on paper it’s easier to evaluate whether it’s something I can change or not, so it helps when I am worrying about useless things.

    And that’s it! If you have any current self care favorites, please let me know in a comment!

    July 17, 2017