08.31.2017

My Favorite Self-Care Tools

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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Jack Kornfield

August has been an emotional doozy with so many planets in retrograde and the Great American Eclipse taking place (which was so cool)! Everything has just felt a bit off. For me, some days have been super chill and content while others have brought up past hurt that I thought I’d already processed 5 years ago. So if you’ve felt extra teary, cranky, or just meh for the past few weeks, know you’re not alone. This too shall pass! I’ve always been a big self-care person and never feel the need to justify getting a massage every month or spending a night doing absolutely nothing. Here are some of my favorite tools for when I need to chill the eff out.

Journaling – This is the number one thing everyone needs to do. Writing is one of the most therapeutic activities on this earth. It helps you figure out what you’re upset about in the first place and get that energy out of you. According to researchers at the University of Texas, regular journaling is shown to strengthen immune cells and can even decrease asthma and arthritis symptoms. They believe this is because writing helps you come to terms with events in your life and therefore reduces the impact they have on your physical health. Plus keeping a regular journal is hilarious to look back at when you’re older! I’ve written in mine religiously since I was 13, so you can imagine the greatness that is in there. People always wonder what to write about, but honestly it doesn’t matter! That’s the best part – you can write whatever you want/need to because no one is going to see it. Sometimes I’ll just write about my day/things I want to remember and other times I’ll write letters or poems of sorts. You’d be surprised what kind of insight you get just from reading your own thoughts.

Baths - Is there anything more soothing than lighting a candle and chilling in the bath? Probably not. If you’re interested in the float therapy craze, but aren’t sure if it’s for you, just take a bath. I tried floating for the first time last weekend and honestly kind of hated it (too silent, too boring). Grab some Epsom salts and essential oils and make your own float spa. I love to add lavender, release, or stress away to my baths. If you need some super cool candles, check out JaxKelly. They make non-toxic soy candles that have healing crystals in them! I got the Obsidian candle and it smells amazing.

Music - Sometimes you just need to put on some old T Swift (um, can we talk about how Red is still her best album?) and allow yourself to be sad. I know this is an obvious one, but it’s a good one to remember. My faves to listen to while I write lately have been T Swift, Dua Lipa (I can’t even deal with how good she is; her songs make you feel without being overly emotional), and Maren Morris. When I’m taking a bath, I like to listen to either Tibetan healing music or Coeur de Pirate on Pandora.

Podcasts - Podcasts are always good for getting wisdom from the Universe. My faves are The Lively Show and The Love Bomb. The Lively Show talks about anything from the intuition and law of attraction to traveling and relationships. It covers a little bit of everything and always emphasizes listening to your intuition above all. The Love Bomb is  about love and relationships of all kinds. It’s insightful and entertaining, especially for someone like me who just loves hearing about relationships in general! It’s hosted by Nico Tortorella who you may recognize as the hot dude (Josh) on Younger. He’s a gem.

Meditation - I’m not huge into meditation, but I do enjoy it! I probably meditate about once a week. My favorite app to use is called Rituals. It has an online store and yoga as well, but I just use it for the meditations. You can choose if you want to relax your mind, body, or “be in the moment” and select how long you want to meditate. It’s great and it’s free!

How do you like to treat yourself?

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