self care week

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Asking for help isn’t ever a bad thing, but sometimes it’s nice to know that we don’t have to have someone else do things for us when we’re struggling, sometimes we just need another perspective to help us see how we can help ourselves 💡

When you have a lot of intensely bad days in a short period - 

  • turn off the news
  • stay off of Facebook/any other social media with content that might upset you 
  • focus on right now
  • clean up your living space 
  • make sure you’re taking your meds
  • drink water
  • don’t drink alcohol
  • if you need a nap, let yourself nap
  • make yourself at least start your laundry
  • take a long shower/bath and do things that focus on making you feel good and clean (floss, brush your teeth, wash your hair, exfoliate, shave, etc.) 
  • pick up a project you put down a while ago, do some art therapy, exercise, or meditate if that’s your thing
You are allowed to be both a masterpiece & a work in progress, simultaneously
—  Sophia Bush
Shark week survival guide.

Today I woke up ridiculously bloated only to discover I got my period a day earlier. Anyways it’s actually a relief since there was a small fear in the back of my mind that I might have gotten myself in trouble, after drinking my ass off and then fucking the barman (I had the suspicion that he might have taken the condom off later during sex, which he later reassured me he didn’t but you can never be too safe with men…) I am also planning to test myself for STD’s not that he had something but you know just to be safe and out of respect for my future partners. Anyways enought of this nonesense drama, so my bloating is like… extravagant! It might be the fact that I was sick and im still on antibiotics(they have recked havoc on my gut :’/) but im feeling so bad and I thought I’d share with you my advice on how to get through this.

Time to wash all that blood off…

-A hot bath.                                                                                                         Not too hot and avoid it all together if you’re a heavy bleeder. It will help ease the cramps though and relax you in general, we all know how cranky we get during that time. Add some vanilla, you favorite bath melt or some essential oils (but for gods shake no shower gels! Remember the Kitty post?) Treat yo’self princess.

-Loads of water.                                                                                                  A hydrated uterus is a happy uterus. Everything will function much better plus drinking water will help release some of that water weight your belly’s been holding onto for dear life.

-Tea.                                                                                                                     Tea’s like water but also good for your soul. Go for green tea for a punch of antioxidants, chamomile tea because you’re a fucking fairy and you love your floral water or lipton cupcake tea beacause you’re on your period and you feel like it. (optional add-ins: honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup.)

-Pamper yourself.                                                                                              Shave, wash your hair, scrub, apply a thick coat of that delicious body butter, spray your favorite perfume, change your sheets, light a candle or two, play some music or watch your favorite series (Supernatural fans I’m looking at you…)

-Don’t eat unhealthy.                                                                                         I know baby girl, I know, those donuts are calling your name and there’s a tub of ice cream waiting to be bought just from you, but I promise you, you’ll feel like crap after all that… So skip the french fries and reach for some fresh salad or a nice plate of spaghetti al pomodoro fresco e basilico (Cause you’re a fancy bitch).

-Do eat though.                                                                                                    Fresh fruits and veggies, legumes, meat… all that stuff’s so good for you and your tummyin distress. Keep full so you don’t get extra bitchy but also fuel your body correctly. It will help with all the pms symptoms.            

-Exercise.                                                                                                              No, bad girl, don’t just slouch on your couch all day. Those cramps sure are a hell of an excuse to nap extensively but it won’t do you any good. Do sleep adequetly but get up and get active! You’ll feel so much more energized.

-Bonus tips:

Avoid tampons, they’re extremely unhealthy, opt for pads or menstrual cups instead.

Rinse your coochie after every visit to the bathroom with plenty of lukewarm water and carry baby wipes with you when you go out. ( I like to use babywipes in general but especially during my period as they clean everything so much better and freshen you up!)       

Carry an “emergency” bag. Have some pads,a clean pair of underwear, your babywipes, some tissue and a wet bag for accidents. Keep one in your purse, in your car, at your boyfriends house, work, school, etc… Plus try and keep an extra pair of pants wherever possible.

Well it’s Mental health awareness month. I’m happy Tumblr is taking part in this too because mental health can be a wild ride sometimes and well we all need to stick together in this.
Take some time for yourself and do things for you. You are important.
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Self Care Day Print Outs!

Howdy there, Rad Rhino-diles and Cool Croco-ceroses!

Sometimes I say to myself “I’m taking a Self Care Day!” Maybe you call it a mental health day. Whatever - the point is, I often take one, but then I pretty much don’t do anything that will actually recharge me for the next day and all the days after!

So, here’s a thing I came up with! It’s a prototype, but I invite you to test it, reinvent it, come up with your own ideas and send me feedback. At the very least, I’ll be making another, SLIGHTLY AGGRESSIVER version and posting it here soon. Might do one in colour too.

So, if you’re gonna take a self care day, here’s a little sheet you can fill in, just to be sure you’re taking real good care of yourself. It’s got ways to mark off the important self care goals, and places to write down how you’re gonna take care of you!

The goals you can put might be life stuff like “wash dishes” but you could also put “read that book” or “watch that movie”. Maybe “make an appointment to see the doctor about my depression”.

And where it gives you the space to do something other than shower - maybe you can give yourself a dry shower (when I’m really sick, I use those wet baby wipes to scrub off the bad smell!) or you could just wash your face and change your clothes. (Or have a really nice bath!) I know sometimes it can be exhausting taking care of you, so it’s good to have some options!

Even if you’re taking a whole Self Care Week, or everything’s just gone to shit, I’m hoping keeping track of yourself might help.

If you use it, let me know how it works for you! I know it works for me, but I’m the only Me in the world, so I would love your feedback!

- The Slightly Aggressive Affirmer

Check it out, under the cut!

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♥︎ one week of self care ♥︎

Sometimes I find myself in need of some me time, some self care, and I have no idea what I should do. So I made this little chart of self care suggestions for the good of myself, and anyone else who might have this little problem.

Sky the blue bird would like to share their self care routine for the week with you!

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♥︎ Media Monday
Watch your favorite tv show or movie, play your favorite video game, or listen to your favorite albums.

♥︎ Tuesday Treat
Treat yourself to something sweet, or your favorite comfort food.

♥︎ Work-on Wednesday
Creative outlets are a wonderful way to release pent up emotions. Take some time to write, draw, sew, or do some sort of craft.

♥︎ Thankful Thursday
Think back over the past week, and write down (or mentally list) all the things that happened that you are thankful for. Even if it seems insignificant, write it down! If it’s important to you, it’s important.

♥︎ Friday Favorite
The weekend is here! Take some time to partake in your favorite positive activity.

♥︎ Saturday Stroll
Take some time to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. Exercise and vitamin D are important to your emotional and physical happiness.

♥︎ Sunday Soak
The weekend is almost over, so relax to the max! Have a relaxing soak in a bubble bath, or toss in your favorite bath bomb.

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