Tips For Self-Care

Hey Guys,

Yesterday started out as a pretty good day; I was feeling a lot better compared to how I was the past few days (health wise), work was fairly quiet, and I had actually gotten home at a decently early hour (which if you know me and my hectic schedule, that rarely happens nowadays). After I got home, however, things went downhill quick and unfortunately, it was one of those things that REALLY just ends up ruining your entire day altogether…..

I’m not going to get into detail about it because it’s more on the personal side and something to discuss in a later post if at all, BUT because of having a shitty end to the day, I thought it was the perfect time to put out THIS post which, as you saw from the title, is:

TIPS FOR SELF-CARE! ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

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Self-care is any action or activity that we do which helps us take a step back from our responsibilities for a few seconds, minutes or hours in order to care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.

It can literally be anything. Anything that helps make you feel good and rejuvenated to continue to kick-ass at work, or while doing your chores, or whatever the case is.

I thought this was the perfect time because whenever you’re in a shitty mood like I was yesterday, aside from obviously kind of wanting to just do your own thing and be left alone by everyone, don’t you to some extent end up wanting to do things that will somehow cheer you up and make you feel better? Because I know I sure do, even if it means doing them alone.

Now, everyone is obviously different and likes/prefers different things to make them happy and feel good, but I figure I can share with you guys some of the things I typically like to do when I’m down (including what I did yesterday), that usually end up bringing me out of my funk in hopes that maybe it could help you do the same now or in the future for yourself.

OR maybe you’re not in a funk at all, and maybe you just want some things to help fill up your free-time that’ll still make you happy, but also feel productive…these ‘tips’, although they’re more suggestions of things to do then actually tips, can be used for any of the above.

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  1. WRITE. Usually whenever I’m in a funk or have any free-time at all is normally when I catch up on things like my blog or book. Writing soothes me SO much and usually ends up making me feel like a new person whenever I’m done. Whether it’s in my notebook, on sticky notes or written in the notes on my phone, you’ll always catch me jotting things down whenever I get a chance. It’s soothing to be able to jot down whatever it is I may be thinking about in the moment (not every single second of the day obviously, but if I feel it’s important and that I may want to go back to it later on).

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2. READ. Unfortunately, I don’t always find the time to be able to do this, but when I DO…it’s the best. I completely tune everything out and just focus on the book I’m reading; the characters, the situation going on, whatever it may be at the time, to the point where I don’t even want to sleep until I finish reading whatever it is. I find that reading is a nice way to calm your mind, especially at the end of the night, if that’s the sort of thing you’re into like I am.

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3. WORKING OUT. Going to the gym and working out can be so unbelievably therapeutic for a person’s mind, body and soul (believe it or not). If you’re reading this and you’re not into working out at all, I can see why you would probably roll your eyes at this one, because it’s so clichรฉ for someone to say, but I promise it’s also 100% true (if you’re into the workout at the time anyway). It’s a great stress-reliever after a long day to just go ahead and release all of your pent up frustration, aggression, or whatever the case may be for you and just take it ALL out on the weights.

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4. A SKINCARE ROUTINE. Another clichรฉ and typical suggestion to make, because it’s something that everyone always suggests, but it really is another good one and actually the one I opted to do last night. Doing a skincare routine whether elaborate or basic is so soothing and will for sure make you feel good by the end of it (to some extent anyway). I mean, who doesn’t want smooth, clear and radiant skin right? After all, it is the first thing you see of yourself, as well as the first thing others end up seeing of you, so why not make it good?

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5. And finally, GETTING A MANI/PEDI. Again, another clichรฉ suggestion, but any sort of pampering that you do for yourself whether this, a skincare routine, a haircut, etc. is sure to make you feel rejuvenated and good about yourself in some way, shape or form. I mean who doesn’t love to feel and actually get pampered, right?!

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Well that’s it guys…these are things that usually tend to make me feel happy, good about myself, and productive.

Obviously there are probably a ton more, different from this list, that you would be able to think of, but the ones that I mentioned are the ones that are generally all, if not, MOST of the things I tend to gear towards whenever I’m in a funk or just looking to do some ‘me-time’ stuff.

Self-care is a form of self-love, and if you’re anything like me and tend to be super busy and on-the-go all the time, you should try to make time for it AT LEAST once or twice a week.

It really is important and needed in order for you to reflect, release, relax and rejuvenate to carry on with the rest of your week and/or start your week even.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped you in some way, shape or form. As always, thank you so much for reading, please like, comment, share and follow and I’ll see you guys in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl โค

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5 Go-To Apps I Have On My Phone

Hi Guys! Happy hump day! ๐Ÿ™‚

For today’s post I thought it would be fun to share with you guys five of my go-to apps that I have on my phone. The apps that I’m going to mention are the ones that I pretty much use daily and/or just generally, that really come in handy to me.

I’m not including any social media ones just because yes obviously I use all of my social media apps/accounts regularly, but they’re not really that important.

Not only are the apps I’m going to mention the ones that I use almost daily, but I also find them (personally) pretty important which I’ll go into detail for why in a bit.

So without further adieu…

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In no particular order:

  1. My Fitness Pal

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I have actually spoken about this app a few times on my blog throughout a few of my fitness posts. Ultimately it’s a great app if you’re into fitness because it allows you to keep track of everything from what you eat throughout the day, to the amount of calories you need to intake, to how many steps you’ve taken in a day, your weight, etc.

I highly recommend downloading this app ESPECIALLY if you’re just starting your fitness journey because it’s a great place to keep track of everything like this in one specific place.

2. Eternal Sunshine

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I don’t really know or remember how I came across this app, but I am SO glad that I did. It’s just a really great motivational app. If you happen to have and/or just know of the app called A Sprinkle of Jesus, I think it’s pretty similar to that. Every day, at least 3-4 times a day, I get notifications for inspirational/motivational quotes, daily mantras to tell myself in order to get motivated about other things, etc.

I never realized how much I needed this app until I finally got it and saw the kind of notifications I was getting from it. 10/10 recommend if you’re looking for motivation every now and then.

3. Citizen

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If you’re anything like me and happen to get anxiety fairly quickly, this might not be the best app for you. However, I do have it just because as much as I may dislike the notifications I get from it all the time, I do also like to be in the know and aware of things that are going on around me.

Ultimately it’s an app that if you put in some credentials for yourself and the area you live in, it’ll update you on and any all crime that happens to be going on in the general vicinity. Everything from serious stuff like murders, to much less serious stuff like 2 people simply fighting in the area. It also allows you to chat with other people in the same vicinity that may have other details about what’s going in that incident, as well as post any possible pictures/videos of any incidences that occurred.

4. Retail-Me-Not

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If you happen to go out shopping a lot, and especially look for coupons/discounts while doing it, I sincerely hope and recommend that you download this app. It is perfect for finding deals that may be going on in particular store favorites of yours.

I’m not exactly sure how many stores that they include in this and how they go about choosing the people/stores they want apart of it, but once you get into the app, it allows you to search for particular stores that you want and show if there are any deals and discounts going on in that store currently or online.

5. And finally, WordPress

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Surprised? You shouldn’t be. If you happen to have a blog and use this particular site for it, this is the perfect app to have on your phone. It’s literally just a handle-held version of the site. You can check all of your stats, start and/or edit blog posts, etc. It’s super convenient especially if for whatever reason I happen to be wanting to publish a post, but am not around a computer, I can just do it right there and then on the app.

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I hope this was helpful to you guys in some type of way. Leave me a comment down below or on my social media accounts about some of YOUR go-to apps you have on your phone and I’ll be sure to check them out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you guys in the next one ๐Ÿ™‚

-Xoxo, Leo Girl โค

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