WHY SELF CARE SHOULDN'T JUST BE LAYING AROUND + 5 PRODUCTIVE SELF CARE IDEAS

by - May 05, 2018


Self care is becoming a more mainstream term lately.  Whether it's five ways to feel pretty or how to relax, self care is a big deal.  

I think the main reason we're turning to self care as a society, is because we've neglected it for so long.  I mean, successful people are always busy, right?  Wrong.  You have to relax sometimes.  

But do we ever take self care too far?  Or is it really beneficial?  Today I'm going to answer those two questions.


Let's set up a scene.  You had the day completely free, or you cancelled those plans for a "me" day.  You've been working hard all week, you deserve a break.  So what are you going to do?  Whatever you want!

First you sleep in really late and spend some time on your phone.  After a while you turn on some Netflix and chill.  But you're hungry, so you crack out the ice cream and chips, of course!  It's a self care day, after all. 

At the end of the day you change into fresh pajamas (you never did get around to getting dressed) and hop in bed to scroll through Instagram... For the 30th time that day.  

You get the point.

When you lay around doing nothing, it doesn't give you energy for the week ahead, it drains you.

Just laying around should not count as self care.  Self care is about caring and nurturing your mind and body - not binge-watching Netflix.

I believe self care should be something productive, something that will improve your life in the future.  I've come up with ten productive self care ideas for you.

Exercise

Before you skip to the next one, let me explain.  I used to think that exercise was the least relaxing thing possible.  Work out?  Yuck!  

Until recently.  At the beginning of the week I made a goal to exercise ever day this week.  On day one I found a thirty day workout challenge and jumped right in.  It was super simple, a few push-ups, planks and squats.  Easy peasy lemon sqeezy.  

After sitting around for the rest of the day (either doing school, on my laptop, etc.) I didn't even feel like I'd worked out.  So I went out on my back porch, turned on some music and did a little cardio.  It hurt - really hurt - but afterward I actually felt good.  

Since then I've been working out more and even looking forward to my workouts.  Yes, my whole body is sore, but I feel stronger and I've been sleeping SO much better, which leads us to our next tip.


Sleep

I know it's hard to get to bed on time, I am NOT  morning person, so I feel your pain.  But making sure you've gotten enough sleep is terribly important.  Sleep is when your body repairs itself, heals and rests.  You need sleep, bro!

For more sleep tips you can check out this post.


Hydration

I know everyone says this, but water truly is beneficial.  If you can't stand drinking water try putting some lemon in it.  Lemon water is great for detoxing your body and flushing out impurities.  

Clean

I don't know about you, but I can't do anything when my room is a mess.  Even thinking becomes a strain.  Not that I'm a super clean person, but total chaos is just beyond my coping abilities.  If your room is a disaster I'd suggest starting with your bed.  Or better yet, strip your bed and throw the sheets in the washer.  Then clear dirty dishes, trash, clothes and shoes.  After cleaning for a while you should be able to breath a little better.


Sunshine

Sometimes you just need a little fresh air and sunshine.  I love going for walks with my family.  If you don't like going outside, tell yourself you do.  Even if it's only for a few minutes, you need that vitamin D, friend!  Go out and feel the sunshine, it traveled a long way to get to you.  Breath the air deep into your lungs.  Run around, enjoy being alive!

Talk To Me

What are your favorite self care tips?  Do you like exercise or are you more of a couch potato?  Are you happy spring has finally come?  

~ Ella Marie

     

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22 comments

  1. I really need to work out more.... I have very high metabolism and so working out has never really been a big deal for me, but I really need to do it more for health I guess.
    BTW, Your bloggie has really grown on me!! I am seriously looking forward to your posts!!! They are just sweet, aesthetic, and I find this blog just overall refreshing. Thanks for writing it! <3
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    1. Honestly, same. I definitely don't work out enough, but I've been doing better. Mmmm, interesting.
      AWW, thank you!!! This literally made my day, thank you so much, Erica! <333

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  2. This is such a helpful post! I developed some really bad habits during the school year - such as getting four hours of sleep - and I didn't have time for self-care. However, I'm definitely going to use these tips, so, thanks!

    Also, I just have to say that your blog is SO pretty. <3

    Brianna

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Brianna! Yikes, four hours of sleep is very rough. I hope you're able to reverse those habits and get some good sleep this summer! ;D

      AWW, this made me smile so much. Thank you, girl!

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  3. "It hurt - really hurt - but afterward I actually felt good." BOOM >> Exercise summed up XDD

    AND I 10000% AGREE WITH YOU, especially on sunshine and cleaning!!

    Kitchen time would be one of mine ;D

    Love this post <3

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    1. LOL, exactly! YESS, cleaning literally makes me feel 99.9% better no matter what.
      Oh, that's a good one!

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  4. Aammeeen to this. This is like, exactly what I do for self care xD *high fives*

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    1. Thanks, dear! Haha, that's great! XD

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  5. Oh my, this is exactly what comes to my mind whenever I read another "self care" article. But the problem lies when you've blocked out all the "work" things, what is there left to do? And I think that's why people gravitate to Netflix and chips as if that's a healthy replacement for "work". It's not. So thank you for this post, it's so needed.


    best.
    k.

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    1. YES! I am so glad to hear I'm not the only one! My thoughts exactly, girl. Haha, I think you're right. Thank you for reading it!

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  6. Def a couch potato... But I shall try to be a lil more active. :) Thank you for this post

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    1. It's really hard, don't you think! I like snuggling on the couch, but getting up and cleaning my room also feels awesome. Thanks for reading, Rosie <333

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  7. Exercise! When I do ballet on, I feel so sore afterwards but gain a lot of energy. Maybe exercise is the new sugar rush...I would love to get more sleep, but it's so hard during a month of testing ;-(

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    1. Oooh, I've done some dance in theatre before, so I know that dance can be very exerting. But also refreshing. Oh yeah, good luck with your tests!

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  8. This is good! I like how you drew a contrast between actual self care and laziness. The best way we can take care of ourselves is to do those healthy life-giving things! I'm definitely the couch potato type, haha, but I'm trying to break that habit. Like you said, it does actually feel good to exercise! Thanks for these tips, Ella. I like how practical your posts are. xx

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    1. Thanks, Jessica!!! I'm so glad you were able to pick that up, as I was trying to be clear about it. EXACTLY! I honestly couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for reading and for your sweet comment, Jessica!

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  9. I love this!! I was actually thinking lately how it seems like when I just lay around it's nice but doesn't really benefit me at all.

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    1. YAY! Thanks so much, Nabila. <3 Exactly, laying around is necessary sometimes (I mean, you have to sleep, lol), but it's also helpful to do productive self care.

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  10. I love this! "Self care" is often just "being lazy" now, but actually taking care of yourself is so much better!

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    1. I agree! It's always best to think about the long term. <3

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  11. Thank you so much for this post! It's spot on. To be honest I used to be a couch potato, but once I pushed myself to exercise I felt so much better. I try to keep a schedule of cardio on weekends and moderate exercise during the week. It's surprising how much better I feel when I push myself to maintain a routine. Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed—I just want to lie there—but pushing yourself really makes a difference. As long as you don't push yourself to hard.

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    1. Thank YOU for reading it, girl! I go through phases, sometimes I'm really active and other times all I want to do is sleep, lol. XD That's great! Keep up the good work!

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