Self-care tips

Here are my self-care tips/ what I try to when I’m having a bad or an off day. Obviously, when it comes to self-care it is very personal and what works for one person may not work for another.

Books in all forms

I think books are my favourite form of self-care, it allows me time away from my head! I make sure I have the Kindle App on every device I have so I’m never too far from a book.

Kindle also have an online reading link so you don’t have to download any applications. This is really useful at work.

Audible – I spend most of my time with my headphones on. I live in a block of flats, as you can imagine the walls are not the thickest, so on they go.

I really like audiobooks, I started with the Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry. It’s soothing and very familiar; this really helps me when I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Matt Haig is another go-to, both his non-fiction books: Notes From a Nervous Planet and Reasons To Stay Alive are incredible for when you are feeling bad. They also help me remember that I am not alone, and not the only one that feels like this.

My most recent reads on audiobook are:

  • Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • Harry Potter – they are on rotation most of the time!
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (trilogy) – Jenny Han

Podcasts

I am as obsessed with podcasts as I am with audiobooks for mostly the same reasons. I like how podcasts do not require as much focus compared to an audiobook and you can be doing other things whilst there on.

My top podcasts:

I have written more about this in an earlier post, you can find it here

Apps

Some of my favourite apps to help with self-care are:

Forest At £1.99 for IOS, it is really not bad. This app allows you to grow a virtual tree and collect tokens, which you can eventually trade in to plant a real tree in a place that needs it!

In Forest, you set a timer for a period of time, the aim being to focus on something other than your phone. If the exit the app, a notification appears to say remind you that the tree will die if you don’t go back to the app. This is actually weirdly motivating as you can see the dead tree in your forest area.

Headspace – This is a guided meditation app but as well as guided meditation sessions, it has “Sleepcasts” and they are incredible- to the point where I have never got to the end of one because I always fall asleep! I need to explore the app further and experience the meditations, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.


Hot drinks

My go to is a loose leaf tea an hour or so before bed, currently I’m loving Jasmine Huang Shan Ya and White Peony from Leaf. But if I’m feeling overwhelmed I will just make a standard brew. As you can probably work out my favourite teas are from Leaf and I love going to their flagship store on Bold Street in Liverpool.

Bedding  

A small thing, but fresh bedding encourages me to have an early night. I love sweet patterned bedding and I was obsessed with Urban Outfitters range. This was until ASDA upped their game, and now have the cutest ranges!

Hair, body and facial

When I’m feeling really bad, even if I’m not planning on going anywhere I will make sure I shower and sometimes put a face mask on.

My self-care routine is not complete without something from Lush. My current skincare contains; Angels on Bare Skin, Mask of Magnaminty,  Cup O’Coffee, Tea Totaler and Full of Grace. Occasionally Lush’s fresh facemask, Don’t Look At Me makes an appearance. Normally I would use either Angels on Bare Skin; Mask of Magnaminty or Cup O’Coffee and then follow up with Tea Totaler and Full of Grace as a moisturiser – I have found I don’t need to use a primer after this too, which is a plus!

For my hair I use:

Maria Nila Head & Heal Shampoo & Conditioner and sometimes Lush’s Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Ease as a pre-wash mash!

https://uk.lush.com/products/jasmine-and-henna-fluff-ease

My Favorite Podcasts are…

I absolutely adore Podcasts. I listen to them everywhere and they really help on those days where you just want something small, light and fluffy! I mainly listen to podcasts on my headphones when I’m walking or doing tasks around my flat, sometimes I actually choose them over a movie. I currently use the Apple Podcast App and Spotify to listen to the following, but there are so many different podcast apps out there!

All Killa No Filla https://allkillanofilla.libsyn.com/

All Killa No Filla

My ultimate fave podcast has got to be All Killa No Filla with Kiri Prichard-Mclean and Rachel Fairburn. Those girls can make me cry laughing. They (respectfully) talk about serial killers past and present, and the amount of research they do is unbelievable. They break up the hard-hitting discussion with lighter topics and jokes- which are actually my favourite bit.

Here’s a list of my other top podcast recommendations:

Off Menu Podcast https://www.offmenupodcast.co.uk/


This is Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s podcast, it’s as weird and wonderful as you would expect. Ed and James ask their guests (often fellow comedians) to talk about their dream meal and explain their choices. There is always a hilarious anecdote for the pair to comment on.

Griefcast with Cariad Lloyd https://play.acast.com/s/griefcast

Cariad and her guests talk about a loved one they have lost, it is heartful and sad but hearing about past experiences is both interesting and inspiring.

Kermode on Film
https://play.acast.com/s/kermodeonfilm

In his podcast, Mark Kermode talks about new and upcoming films as well as his personal favourites. I love the episodes where Mark Kermode and Jack Howard talk (read: argue) about a film; the passion is amazing.

David Tennant Does a Podcast With..
https://play.acast.com/s/davidtennant

I could listen to David talk all day and hearing him interview some of his close friends like Olivia Colman is a joy to hear; it feels like you have an in on the conversation.

No Such Thing As A Fish
https://www.nosuchthingasafish.com/

The QI Elves have a podcast and it’s exactly what you might expect! I love it because it’s funny, odd and clever. The group consists of: Dan, James, Anna and Andy and they talk about the favourite facts that they have found from the past 7 days and comment on each other’s facts.

Sappenin’ Podcast with Sean Smith
https://play.acast.com/s/sappenin

Sean Smith was my Scene Kid crush and still probably is! I still love The Blackout, the band he fronted and have seen them a few times. In his podcast, he interviews other bands and talks about music, recent guests including Charlie Simpson from Busted and Fightstar and Deaf Havana’s James and Tom.

The Tip Off
https://play.acast.com/s/thetipoff

The Tip Off Podcast

The podcast looks at investigative journalism how a story starts and the work that goes into some of the biggest finds and stories. I find this level of journalism so interesting and I love the perspective it gives.

I most definitely have missed some out and there is no doubt I will discover a new favourite at some point soon so I may need to do a part 2! Let me know if you love podcasts and what your favourite ones are.

Hey pt 2! (As a 24-year-old)

It has been a while since I posted, well anything really, so I thought I’d update my 10 things about me as a 24-year-old!

  1. I still love art and galleries
  2. I am still pretty much always found with a form of caffeine in my hand and own waaay too many mugs
  3. I am no longer in therapy and haven’t had a panic attack in over half a year. I still get anxious and overwhelmed but I can now manage it more.
  4. My favourite magazines are Frankie and Oh Comely
  5. I fall asleep to a Harry Potter book each night, but they have to be read by Steven Fry.
  6. I am a photographer, I have my work in a few shops and it still makes me happy.
  7. I am a Ravenclaw, but also a little bit of a Hufflepuff!
  8. I am a feminist
  9. I am Northern and proud
  10. Fresh bedding makes me way too happy and I have a ridiculous amount of cushions!

Hey

I am a 23-year-old Ravenclaw from the North West of England, who is book, music, coffee and art obsessed.

A part of the weird family called the Secret Society of Super Villain Artists.

This blog will be my scribbles, thoughts, and ideas about everything I am passionate about.

Here are 10 things about me:

  1. I love art and galleries
  2. I am normally found with some form of caffeine in my hand
  3. I have anxiety and suffer from panic attacks but I am currently going through therapy and now classed as ‘in recovery’.
  4. I love reading in all forms including magazines, books and audiobooks
  5. I have a ridiculous obsession with Lush
  6. I am a photographer
  7. I am a Ravenclaw
  8. I am a feminist
  9. I am Northern and proud
  10. Fresh bedding makes me way too happy!

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