February Overview: Stress & Self-Care
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have come across the blog post I wrote last month about all the books I read in January. If you didn’t, you can read that here.
This month, I was overwhelmed with college assignments, so I didn’t get as much reading done as I would’ve liked, and therefore, a blog post about the books I’ve read would be very short and uninteresting. I did enjoy writing a similar post last month, however, so I decided to continue this month in a more generalised fashion, by writing about several things that I did this month instead of just the things I read.
Even though I said I wanted to talk about more than just books this month, I feel like they’re a good place to start.
The first book I read this month was “Girl in Pieces” by Kathleen Glasgow. A character driven story about a seventeen-year-old struggling with issues such as homelessness, sexual assault, depression, and self-harm, I’d definitely recommend this story for those who have dealt with these issues themselves at some point. I do advise caution for anyone who is still experiencing mental health problems, though, as this novel has the potential to trigger at times.
The second book I read this month was “Nourishment” by Gerard Woodward. This is a historical fiction story about how the consequences of World War 2 can go on to affect members of a family long after the war ends. Originally, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this, as I haven’t read a book in this genre for a while, but I ended up really enjoying it. If you want to read my full review of this book, you can do so over on Goodreads by clicking the link here.
For me, February was a month full of stress, and it wasn’t long before it began to reflect in my mental and physical health. Although I’ve been trying to implement self-care into my routine for a while now, it was only when this stressed out, run down feeling hit that I started to take it more seriously.
By doing so, the benefits became obvious, and they can for you, too! If you’re interested in self-care, here are some of the things I’ve been doing recently that you may find helpful, too!
- Journalling: Unlike a diary, a journal is a creative outlet, where you can use a variety of different materials in order to remember something. Since I started my journal, I’ve used wrapping paper, washi tape, scrapbook paper, lined paper and a variety of different stickers in order to display my memories in a creative and personal way.
- Having a relaxing bath: I have eczema so I don’t have baths often, but when I do, I like to spend my time in them, relaxing with a bath bomb or some expensive bubble bath for as long as I can get away with.
- Reading: Sometimes, I’m too anxious to read without having to go over the same information several times, but at other times, sitting down with a good book and being able to escape into another character’s world is just what I need.
This month marked the return of The Walking Dead, so my Monday nights for the foreseeable future are booked out. I know this might not interest those of you reading this who don’t watch The Walking Dead, but for those who do, don’t you think the second half of this series is so much better than the first half?
I’ve also been watching a lot of standalone movies and documentaries on Netflix this month, which is great because I don’t have much time to dedicate to binge-watching full series at the moment. My favourite movie from this month on Netflix is ‘Those People’, and my favourite documentary was ‘The Fear of 13’.
Got a new pair of glasses. The problem with having an eye which refuses to stabilise is that you end up with a new pair of glasses every year. It hasn’t been so bad until now because I’ve received glasses on the NHS, but as of next year, I have to start paying, and glasses are expensive. Here’s to hoping my left eye gets the messes and finally follows in the right eyes stabilising footsteps!
Got Organised. I’m planning on writing a whole blog post about this at some point, with strategies to organise your life as a student or as someone with executive dysfunction, but let’s just say that February was the month or organisation for me. I really began to solidify what I wanted to get done by using different methods which ensured I was using my time as effectively as I could.
Created a bloglovin’ account. Now, there are even more ways to make sure you don’t miss a post from me. By following my Bloglovin’ account, which you can do by clicking this link, you’ll receive access to my latest posts as soon as I publish them. Alternatively, you can follow me by signing up with your email in the sidebar, or by clicking the follow button if you have a wordpress account!
So there’s my month in a blog post! I really enjoyed writing this, and I want to make it something I do every month, but I was wondering what you guys thought. Did you guys enjoy it? Would you read it if I wrote another for the month of March, and so on? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear your feedback!
Thank you for reading, and until next time,