Looking after yourself is very important but it is something we sometimes forget to do. Life can be hectic at times making it impossible to put aside any time for ourselves. I'm not the best at relaxing, actually if I am being totally honest it is something I very much struggle with but there are things I like to do to de-stress and just be detached from my thoughts even if it is just for a short amount of time. I always tend to feel guilty when I take time out which is something I am working on but here are some of the things I like to do and that really help to lift my mood.
A Cup of Tea Solves Everything
I feel like sometimes the little things matter the most and just by making a cup of tea and taking the time out to sit down with a drink to take that bit of time out really helps. There are a lot of different teas I like to drink, I love English teas as well as peppermint, green tea, fruit teas and before bedtime I will have a chamomile tea.
I get that not everyone is creative, personally I love to make clothes and enjoy designing new clothes to make. Even just getting stuck into a colouring book or one of my recent favourites an adult dot to dot book can really take give your mind something else to focus on.
When I am really anxious or feeling on edge and have a free hour or so I will put my iPod on and bake something, it is kinda win win as I feel so much better afterwards and I get something tasty to eat. There is something relaxing about baking and it lifts my mood, I like to bake things I have never baked for. Just make sure you always have the ingredients in!
Get Lost in a Book
This is something I wish I did a lot more than I currently do, the thing with having anxiety is it can affect my concentration making reading quite difficult however when I take the time to do it reading a book is something I enjoy. Reading before bed can help to make you feel relaxed and aid a better nights sleep.
Having a Bath
I am a massive fan of having a bath, bath nights are my favourite. I always feel relaxed afterwards and it is time I can have to myself without it being interrupted which if you live with your parents can be quite difficult. A lush bath bomb, relaxing music and a face or hair mask makes the perfect bath.
I think I have been through every single meditation app there is, Headspace is a good one as is one called Calm. There is a recent one called Stress relief that I have found which helps me to get to sleep at night. I usually use meditation apps in the evening as I find it very hard to switch off at night but you can use them whenever you need them. Headspace take ten meditations only take up 10 minutes of your times and has fun animations. These are useful for when you are having a busy stressful day and need to take some time out.
This is something I like to do when thoughts keep going round and my mind is racing or before bedtime to empty my mind. It makes me feel slightly lighter and more focused when I have written in my diary. I write anything from what I have been up to, how I have been feeling and any thoughts I want to air.