Self-Care 101 with Kenzie (8 Helpful Tips on Taking Care of Yourself)




Last week, I took a six-day break from social media. Well, except for snapchat and occasionally pinning on Pinterest... But let's not get into details. My main point is that I took a social media break as a form of self-care. I was dealing with a lot of overwhelming emotions at the time and I just needed to step back and take a breather.

It helped.

Within that week, I focused on doing things that made me feel more like myself. I cleaned my room, I made goals, I #didallthethings. I did things that made me feel less stressed and put me in a more calming attitude. I basically stepped back so I could start out fresh and new again. So, today I want to share a few tips that might help you when you're having a mentally tough day/week.

Self-Care 101 with Kenzie 

Hello, class! I am your instructor, and today we will be discussing the importance of self-care with some tips on how to maintain it. Now, no aggressive staring during the lecture. It makes me uncomfortable... so if you could just look the other way, that would be great. o-o Anywho! Onto the tips...

Tip #1: Lighting is everything

I know this is one of my main tips for photography, but it is also one of the tips I live by for mental health. For me, my mood is affected by my surroundings. I feel as though that might apply to you as well... So, if you're ever feeling gloomy, your room might be feeling gloomy too. Spruce it up with the Christmas/fairy lights. It will 100% guarantee make everything feel a lot better. 

Tip #2: Calm your music

Hey, if you're into that heavy metal screamo then rock on, my friend. But sometimes, your favorite music might not be the best music to listen to when you're feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. I think instrumental music is the way to go for this- especially when you're working on something that you've been stressing over and you need to get it done. One night I was feeling a bit anxious and I put on some ukulele music (here's the YouTube video) and it definitely calmed me down.

OR... You could try listening to your favorite songs but with only instruments. Sometimes that helps keep me focused so I don't get distracted by listening to the lyrics (hehe). 

OR... I was feeling kind of down one night and I put on some music from the 20s-50s and it just made everything feel so much better. I highly recommend you doing that whilst working around the house or read or whatnot. 

Tip #3: Clean

A clean room is a happy room! Annnnd... I probably sound like your parent but it's true!! So, you. Yes, you. Go clean your room. And rearrange it while you're at it- rearranging your things helps keep everything fresh. It'll be like you got a whole new room without spending any money!

Tip #4:  Take a shower then light some candles 

I love taking showers. Whenever I'm feeling blah, the first thing I do is shower. It's so refreshing and makes me feel like a whole new person afterwards and ahhh yes, go shower. You will love it. Okay now that you are done, light some candles. They don't have to be romantic smelling candles, just candles. The small flicker and light will give you such a calming feeling, you will most likely fall asleep without any anxious tummy troubles. Doesn't that sound so nice?

Tip #5: Use essential oils

As of last year, my family has gotten into using essential oils as home remedies. We've been using them for anxiety, boo-boos, cleaning, and sometimes cooking. I highly recommend defusing essential oils when you need something to either calm you down or perk you up. WANNA KNOW THE BEST PART ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS? If it doesn't help say (for example) with a headache, then who cares? You're giving your body something good for it, so even if an essential oil doesn't take your headache away, at least you're not damaging your body. 

Tip #6: FEED and WATER yourself

This is very important, my peeps. And it is something we, as humans, often forget to do. Hey, you know it's true so stop looking at me like that. SOMETIMES I FORGET TO DRINK/EAT. IT IS SOMETHING WE ALL DO SO DON'T JUDGE ME. 
You are like a flower, my child. So take care of yourself like one. AND DRINK ALL THE WATER. Why? Because if you don't you feel like a soggy bowl of cereal. And who likes feeling like a soggy bowl of cereal? No one. Your mood and skin will feel so much better if you keep drinking water. CLEAN OUT THOSE TOXINS, YO. 

Tip #7: Color!

Everybody loves coloring. It is a huge anxiety reliever and will definitely put you in the best, relaxed mood. Honestly, I need to color more. Who wants to join me? Also- I just started doing some word searches and I love it. They're kind of addicting??

Tip #8: Step away from the world

Take a social media break. Set aside what you do every day and go put that time and energy in learning something new. It's fun to try stuff that is out of your comfort zone. Yeah, sometimes it can be agitating when you try to learn something then you realize it's just not your thing. THAT IS OKAY THOUGH! Because at least you can say that you tried. :)

Now, take all of those tips and have a date with yourself! Even if you don't think you need it, you do.  

Thanks for reading! Until next time...

xx Kenzie 

Talk to me!

Do you have any tips YOU can share with ME? What helps you turn that frown upside down? IF YOU TRY SOME OF THESE TIPS LET ME KNOW HOW THEY WORK AND MAYBE I CAN BE THE NEXT DR. PHIL. ~(o-o)~


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  1. These are awesome tips! I don't know what it is about cleaning and taking a shower and lighting candles that makes me feel so fresh, but it's SO TRUE. So thank you for that reminder! :) Also, I love the idea of listening to 20's music and instrumental jams. I just put an instrumental record on so thank you for the inspiration!! :-) <3

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT?!?! Well, of course! I am happy I could provide such a lovely reminder. ^-^ Ahhh, aren't they such a happy tune to listen to?? I'm so pleased to hear that I could inspire you! I hope you have an amazing day filled with bubbles, candles, and fun records! <333

      xx Kenzie

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  2. These are so awesome! Thanks so much! :)

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    1. No, fam... Thank YOU! <33 #youareawesome

      xx Kenzie

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  3. What great tips! I have a acoustic playlist that I made a while ago when I was doing my exams and just started listening to it again to destress, so I can't support that tip enough!

    Paige xo // The Joys Of Being Paige

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    1. Thank you so much! I highly agree with you. Music definitely affects our moods and if you are in a poopy mood then what better way to fix that than to listen to some awesome tunes? ;)

      Thanks so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  4. Love love love all of these!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm happy you enjoyed the post. ^-^

      xx Kenzie

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  5. I love these!! Colouring makes me feel soooo relaxed, and I have so many chill playlists

    Bethan xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Bethan! Yesss, I agree! But I should probably color more often AND I really need to make myself a chill playlist. Whenever I get hooked on my fave songs, I listen to them on repeat rather than changing up the variety. >.<

      xx Kenzie

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  6. THESE ARE ALL SO HELPFUL. Cleaning and lots of light and music especially are some of my favorites:) I wish that I could do candles and essential oils, but scented stuff always gives me a migraine, sigh. :/ BUT YAY FOR ALL OF THESE HAPPY THINGS:)

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, GRACE! I am so happy you enjoyed this post. <3 Much love!

      xx Kenzie

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  7. YES YES YES these are all so important!! I'm pretty sure I've done all of these tips at some point or another too. THIS POST IS AMAZING.

    And also i still can't get over your new design it's awesome

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    1. I AM SO THRILLED YOU AGREE! AND AHH, THANK YOU SO MUCH BUT YOU ARE FAR MORE AMAZING! <33333

      Asdfghjkl- to be honest, I can't get over it either. o-o THANK YOU! <3

      xx Kenzie

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