Simple Self Care: The Self Care Challenge

. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 .

Hi everyone. This post is for anyone who is having a rough day, week, month, etc. 



When stress takes over the mind it invades every aspect of our everyday lives. We stay up late thinking and worrying, and we never feel truly 'off the job'. 

In situations like this, we tend to not take care of ourselves as well as we should. We overload our mind with bad thoughts, anxious 'what-if's and sometimes deflect the blame of our burden onto ourselves. I've been guilty of this time and time again.

My advice: treat yourself like you would a friend, and show yourself some extra love when you things start to get overwhelming. I'll try to make all the options budget friendly. You don't need to spend tons of money to de-stress and love yourself!

I'm going to take my own advice and try to implement these in the coming weeks before moving abroad. The ones I swear by will be highlighted blue like so.


Here are my self care methods:


Drink Tea or Water


Relaxing with a beverage can really clear your head, and give you one thing to focus on if you're feeling overwhelmed. Sit down in a comfortable space and just breathe, drinking tea or water.

Listen to ASMR/ Guided Meditations

ASMR has been so instrumental in helping me sleep at night. I discovered ASMR about two years ago randomly on Youtube and I've never gone back. Listening to rain sounds, tapping or soft whisper may help the stress you're feeling! 100 percent of the time it puts me in an almost dreamlike state of relaxation.  ASMR is especially useful because there are guided meditations for anxiety or stress, in which a person can calm you down and ease your worries.

Aromatherapy via Candles or Oils

I'm not too knowledgable about what oils can trigger what emotions, but having a lovely smelling environment and a warm candle could help tone down the negative energy that is surrounding you.

Get more sleep

I become stressed and then I don't sleep because I stay up thinking about hypotheticals. In combination with tea or ASMR or anything else here on this list, try your best to get more sleep. Go to bed a little earlier if you know you'll toss and turn. Your body will thank you for it.

Write out your feelings (ex: poetry!)

When I'm especially frustrated about something, I go on my laptop and write poetry in a typewriter app I have. It helps me vent without having to talk to other people, so I can write out my pure emotions free of judgement. Sometimes I save what I wrote, sometimes I delete it. Writing out your feelings can be an excellent way to express yourself and also document how you feel, so that one day you look back and see how you successfully got out of a difficult place.

Create a fun playlist of music that always makes you happy

Music can flip my mood in a heartbeat. Make a playlist on whatever music site you use and fill it with songs that always make you sing along and dance. Listen to these songs even when you're not really in the mood, and try to get into them. More often than not you might find yourself engrossed and feeling much better.

Have a movie night

I'm obsessed with movies. Movies are like a window into the lives of others, and it makes the perfect 2 hour de-stress escape. You can also do this with a good book. Set yourself up with some drinks and a snack and pop on a movie you've been dying to watch. Let yourself be immersed into the film, and hopefully you come out a little less stressed!

Eat your favorite food: cook or order in!

I know that when you're not feeling right, you're not really in the mood to cook. However, for some, it may be therapeutic to create a delicious meal! Either way, order in or make your favorite food and indulge! Fill your body with things you love.

Spend time with family

If you don't like being alone and want to reach out, who best to talk to than those closest to you? Spend time with your parents or siblings, look at old photos or listen to stories from way back when. Not only do you bond with your family, but you also have an outlet you may need to vent about how you've been feeling.

Do light exercise/ yoga

Light exercise, though no one wants to do it when their in the thick of feeling stressed out, can really help you out when it comes to self care! Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. (source: AADA read more here)

Transform your negative thoughts  


Check out this article. This method incorporates being mindful, a practice you may have heard of before. It challenges you to strip yourself of labels you may give yourself, release the pressure you may be placing on yourself, stop overgeneralizing, and to discover why it is you think negatively the way you do. Challenging thoughts and thinking critically at your own self critique can actually be comforting and can help you avoid over thinking about subjects that may upset you.

Take a bath

Even better if you have some kind of bath additive like a bath bomb or bubble bar. Take a nice warm bath and just soak in the water. The stress will roll off in waves. Try playing some music from that playlist from before, and lighting some candles! Don't be afraid to spoil yourself.

Treat yourself to a small present

Pamper yourself with a little gift. If you're long overdue for a manicure, pop into a salon and get your nails done. If you've been eyeing a cute sweater online for the past week, go ahead and add it to your cart. If the chocolate cake from a nearby restaurant looks amazing, go ahead and order it! You deserve it.

Buy yourself flowers

This one sort of fits in the previous category. You can get flowers in a supermarket or a florist, just pick up ones you find pretty and take them home with you. You're romancing yourself! Display them proudly in a vase to brighten up any room. Flowers can serve as a reminder that you're doing great, and to keep up the good work.

Make your space clean

If I'm already stressed, having a messy room sends me over the edge. Clothes everywhere, papers all over the desk and laundry to be done -- it's a nightmare. Take a deep breath and clean your space at whatever pace you want. Go for a total rehaul and donate old clothes, sweep under the bed, the whole nine yards. Or just pick up socks from the floor, put the papers in a pile and call it a day. Whatever makes your space feel more cozy, do it!

Visit a library

You may be thinking "Who goes to libraries anymore?". You are totally missing out. I go to a library after work every day for about an hour and it has totally changed me. I really look forward to being in a quiet place surrounded by tons of literature. I feel like I'm stepping into a place removed from the outside world whenever I go to the library.

Go for a walk

This also fits under exercise, but with a twist. A walk at night with the cool summer breeze hitting you can really just refresh you and get you out of your own head. Along with the endorphin benefit, walking is also something you can do with a friend! Walk and talk~

Go out with a friend

Get out of the house if you need to. Call up a friend and go somewhere, anywhere!

Don't be afraid to vent

Maybe this is the most important one of all. Don't keep your feelings inside of you. If you are stressed or hurting, let someone know. Talk about it with an online therapist, with a therapist in person, a friend, a family member, etc. Your feelings are valid, your worries are valid, and you deserve to be heard. Don't be scared that people won't care what you have to say, and don't worry about 'imposing' on people with negative feelings. Get support if you need it. You'll be glad you did.


I hope you liked this post <3

Hi everyone. This post is for anyone who is having a rough day, week, month, etc. 



When stress takes over the mind it invades every aspect of our everyday lives. We stay up late thinking and worrying, and we never feel truly 'off the job'. 

In situations like this, we tend to not take care of ourselves as well as we should. We overload our mind with bad thoughts, anxious 'what-if's and sometimes deflect the blame of our burden onto ourselves. I've been guilty of this time and time again.

My advice: treat yourself like you would a friend, and show yourself some extra love when you things start to get overwhelming. I'll try to make all the options budget friendly. You don't need to spend tons of money to de-stress and love yourself!

I'm going to take my own advice and try to implement these in the coming weeks before moving abroad. The ones I swear by will be highlighted blue like so.


Here are my self care methods:


Drink Tea or Water


Relaxing with a beverage can really clear your head, and give you one thing to focus on if you're feeling overwhelmed. Sit down in a comfortable space and just breathe, drinking tea or water.

Listen to ASMR/ Guided Meditations

ASMR has been so instrumental in helping me sleep at night. I discovered ASMR about two years ago randomly on Youtube and I've never gone back. Listening to rain sounds, tapping or soft whisper may help the stress you're feeling! 100 percent of the time it puts me in an almost dreamlike state of relaxation.  ASMR is especially useful because there are guided meditations for anxiety or stress, in which a person can calm you down and ease your worries.

Aromatherapy via Candles or Oils

I'm not too knowledgable about what oils can trigger what emotions, but having a lovely smelling environment and a warm candle could help tone down the negative energy that is surrounding you.

Get more sleep

I become stressed and then I don't sleep because I stay up thinking about hypotheticals. In combination with tea or ASMR or anything else here on this list, try your best to get more sleep. Go to bed a little earlier if you know you'll toss and turn. Your body will thank you for it.

Write out your feelings (ex: poetry!)

When I'm especially frustrated about something, I go on my laptop and write poetry in a typewriter app I have. It helps me vent without having to talk to other people, so I can write out my pure emotions free of judgement. Sometimes I save what I wrote, sometimes I delete it. Writing out your feelings can be an excellent way to express yourself and also document how you feel, so that one day you look back and see how you successfully got out of a difficult place.

Create a fun playlist of music that always makes you happy

Music can flip my mood in a heartbeat. Make a playlist on whatever music site you use and fill it with songs that always make you sing along and dance. Listen to these songs even when you're not really in the mood, and try to get into them. More often than not you might find yourself engrossed and feeling much better.

Have a movie night

I'm obsessed with movies. Movies are like a window into the lives of others, and it makes the perfect 2 hour de-stress escape. You can also do this with a good book. Set yourself up with some drinks and a snack and pop on a movie you've been dying to watch. Let yourself be immersed into the film, and hopefully you come out a little less stressed!

Eat your favorite food: cook or order in!

I know that when you're not feeling right, you're not really in the mood to cook. However, for some, it may be therapeutic to create a delicious meal! Either way, order in or make your favorite food and indulge! Fill your body with things you love.

Spend time with family

If you don't like being alone and want to reach out, who best to talk to than those closest to you? Spend time with your parents or siblings, look at old photos or listen to stories from way back when. Not only do you bond with your family, but you also have an outlet you may need to vent about how you've been feeling.

Do light exercise/ yoga

Light exercise, though no one wants to do it when their in the thick of feeling stressed out, can really help you out when it comes to self care! Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. (source: AADA read more here)

Transform your negative thoughts  


Check out this article. This method incorporates being mindful, a practice you may have heard of before. It challenges you to strip yourself of labels you may give yourself, release the pressure you may be placing on yourself, stop overgeneralizing, and to discover why it is you think negatively the way you do. Challenging thoughts and thinking critically at your own self critique can actually be comforting and can help you avoid over thinking about subjects that may upset you.

Take a bath

Even better if you have some kind of bath additive like a bath bomb or bubble bar. Take a nice warm bath and just soak in the water. The stress will roll off in waves. Try playing some music from that playlist from before, and lighting some candles! Don't be afraid to spoil yourself.

Treat yourself to a small present

Pamper yourself with a little gift. If you're long overdue for a manicure, pop into a salon and get your nails done. If you've been eyeing a cute sweater online for the past week, go ahead and add it to your cart. If the chocolate cake from a nearby restaurant looks amazing, go ahead and order it! You deserve it.

Buy yourself flowers

This one sort of fits in the previous category. You can get flowers in a supermarket or a florist, just pick up ones you find pretty and take them home with you. You're romancing yourself! Display them proudly in a vase to brighten up any room. Flowers can serve as a reminder that you're doing great, and to keep up the good work.

Make your space clean

If I'm already stressed, having a messy room sends me over the edge. Clothes everywhere, papers all over the desk and laundry to be done -- it's a nightmare. Take a deep breath and clean your space at whatever pace you want. Go for a total rehaul and donate old clothes, sweep under the bed, the whole nine yards. Or just pick up socks from the floor, put the papers in a pile and call it a day. Whatever makes your space feel more cozy, do it!

Visit a library

You may be thinking "Who goes to libraries anymore?". You are totally missing out. I go to a library after work every day for about an hour and it has totally changed me. I really look forward to being in a quiet place surrounded by tons of literature. I feel like I'm stepping into a place removed from the outside world whenever I go to the library.

Go for a walk

This also fits under exercise, but with a twist. A walk at night with the cool summer breeze hitting you can really just refresh you and get you out of your own head. Along with the endorphin benefit, walking is also something you can do with a friend! Walk and talk~

Go out with a friend

Get out of the house if you need to. Call up a friend and go somewhere, anywhere!

Don't be afraid to vent

Maybe this is the most important one of all. Don't keep your feelings inside of you. If you are stressed or hurting, let someone know. Talk about it with an online therapist, with a therapist in person, a friend, a family member, etc. Your feelings are valid, your worries are valid, and you deserve to be heard. Don't be scared that people won't care what you have to say, and don't worry about 'imposing' on people with negative feelings. Get support if you need it. You'll be glad you did.


I hope you liked this post <3

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