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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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,

Goodbye

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52 Comments

  1. Mummy jojo

    04/03/2017 at 7:35 PM

    Great post. I am all about books, an ESPA essential oil bath, candles, nice music and deep breathing x

    1. rebekahgillian

      04/03/2017 at 11:25 PM

      Thank you! I’ve never really used essential oils in the bath before, but I might try that. It might be kinder on my skin than bubble bath! Thanks for letting me know some of the things you do.

  2. Abbie Chandler

    04/03/2017 at 7:37 PM

    Great read. People often forget how important self-care is and it’s something that I recently posted about! I’m sorry you had a stressful month… I hope March is much less manic!

    1. rebekahgillian

      04/03/2017 at 11:25 PM

      Thank you! Yeah, definitely; it’s never something I appreciated until recently. Thank you; I’m hoping it is, too! 🙂

  3. New Labels Only

    04/03/2017 at 9:11 PM

    This is a lovely post and I love how you have the time to do your assignments, read books and also write this post. Your February looked busy, but good busy. You should be sharing this on Bloglovin. Hopefully we can connect there!

    1. rebekahgillian

      04/03/2017 at 11:27 PM

      Thank you. It’s been a struggle, trust me, but Saturday’s are my one day where I refuse to even look at college work. As much as I’m loving what I’m learning, it’s definitely stressful! II’m still getting to grips with Bloglovin’ at the moment, but I’d love to connect!

    2. rebekahgillian

      04/03/2017 at 11:41 PM

      Sorry to post two replies at once, but I managed to follow your bloglovin’ blog and account. I’m Rebekah Gillian.

  4. rebekahhutchins

    04/03/2017 at 9:19 PM

    Yes! I’m working on journaling and putting more time into self-care too! And those books sound so deep and intense – Definitely gonna check my library to see if they’re available.

    P.s. Love the way your name is spelled hehe. ^^

    – Rebekah @ rebekahhutchins.com

    1. rebekahgillian

      04/03/2017 at 11:31 PM

      Yeah, the books I read this month are definitely more intense than the ones I read in January. I kind of like that, though; there’s nothing better than getting into a nitty-gritty contemporary after such a stressful day/week.
      You know, I was just about to say the same, haha!

      1. rebekahhutchins

        05/03/2017 at 12:02 AM

        Agreed – they definitely open your eyes to a whole new world, and give you this new awareness of life, purpose, society, etc. Looking forward to more of your monthly overviews, Rebekah! 🙂

        1. rebekahgillian

          05/03/2017 at 12:03 AM

          Yeah, definitely! It puts things massively into perspective! Thank you, Rebekah. 🙂

  5. toomuchofabooknerd

    05/03/2017 at 1:01 PM

    I will definitely take your self-care tips into consideration, hopefully they will help reduce my stress level! I am looking forward to your post about organising because half of the time I feel like I’m only stressed out because things are messy and I don’t know how to properly organise my life and the things I need to do. Great post 🙂

    1. rebekahgillian

      05/03/2017 at 6:27 PM

      Ah, I hope they do help when it comes to relieving your stress. I feel the same; disorganization is the bane of my life. It takes time to get organised, but I actually find it super relaxing now, and I love taking time out of my evenings to make sure I’m organized for the next day/week or whatever! Thank you! 🙂

  6. ThinkFeelStrong

    05/03/2017 at 9:44 PM

    Love these types of posts. I love that you divide it up and share your book favs, what you’re watching, and what you do for self care! Definitely keep up with these kinds of posts! x

    1. rebekahgillian

      06/03/2017 at 12:39 AM

      Thank you! I really enjoy them, too. All part of my plan to be organised, you see. 😉 Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it.

  7. prettylittledreamerx

    05/03/2017 at 9:59 PM

    I really need to spend more time reading , I always seem to do other things instead , even though I love reading. Really interesting post xx

    1. rebekahgillian

      06/03/2017 at 12:40 AM

      I’m SO guilty of that. I’ll start a book, and then I’ll busy myself with other commitments and won’t pick it up for days. There’s one book I’ve actually been reading since July 2016… I’ll finish it, at some point. 😉 I might do a post on how I reintroduced reading into my life at some point, actually! Thank you for the feedback; I’m glad you found it interesting. 🙂

  8. JoJo Tabares

    06/03/2017 at 2:55 PM

    I don’t take much time unless I have to because of chronic illness. I usually don’t have the energy or focus to do anything but watch something on tv.

    1. rebekahgillian

      07/03/2017 at 6:54 PM

      That must be hard! I love getting into TV shows and stuff when I’m too exhausted to concentrate on anything else, although I know that’s not the same. I don’t know if this is an option, but lighting some candles, even though it’s so simple, makes me feel SO much more relaxed! 🙂

  9. Nicole Neer

    06/03/2017 at 4:29 PM

    I love that you brought up two of my favorite things: reading and long bubble baths! I’ll definitely check out your book recommendations.

    1. rebekahgillian

      07/03/2017 at 6:55 PM

      They’re great, aren’t they? I love how books can be pretty much anything you want. They can be fun, they can teach you things, they can be there for you when you’re going through a difficult time… they’re so diverse! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  10. Pam Avoledo

    06/03/2017 at 8:11 PM

    I find movies to be relaxing, I watched Brooklyn and now I have a new book to add as well as Girl In Pieces.

    1. rebekahgillian

      07/03/2017 at 6:56 PM

      That’s cool! I think I have to be in the right mood for a movie. I either binge-watching movies on Netflix, or I don’t watch anything at all for ages. I’ve heard of Brooklyn, I might have to check that out at some point. It’s a series, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy it!

  11. ninaframbuesa

    06/03/2017 at 10:23 PM

    Reading is such a nice and easy way to relax.

    1. rebekahgillian

      07/03/2017 at 6:56 PM

      Yeah, it really is, isn’t it? I love it!

  12. Nadica

    08/03/2017 at 12:23 AM

    I Love reading these types of posts. I love that you divide it up and share your book and movies favorites, you gave me and idea to start watching some of them. Definitely keep up with these kinds of posts!

  13. Fatima

    08/03/2017 at 2:06 AM

    Love reading so I will definitely implement this along with your other ideas. Thank you!

  14. slgamache

    08/03/2017 at 2:20 AM

    The one thing I’m not good at is stress relief. It is a work in progress. Your article has great information for me to refer to

  15. Courtney Connolly

    08/03/2017 at 3:46 AM

    Self care is so so important. I try to take a few moments for myself everyday even if it’s just listening to my favourite music but having a bath and pamper session on sunday nights is my favourite way to take care of myself.

    La Belle Sirene 

  16. Fijord (@_fijord_)

    08/03/2017 at 11:04 AM

    Definitely adding those books to the list 🙂 Thanks! (https://www.fijord.com)

  17. Thomas

    08/03/2017 at 11:22 AM

    I like your post I must find books you wrotted about they look nice 😀

  18. Sonja Josipovic

    08/03/2017 at 9:43 PM

    Reading is my way to relax. Great post!

  19. Ewa

    09/03/2017 at 3:25 PM

    The Walking Dead It’s my favorite 🙂 and yes the second half
    is more interesting.

    1. rebekahgillian

      09/03/2017 at 6:11 PM

      Same! The second half is so much better. I must say, though, the episode before last seemed kind of slow compared to others in this half of the series. What was your favourite season?

  20. Amy

    09/03/2017 at 9:33 PM

    This is such a great idea for a post! I’m loving The Walking Dead, although I need a little more Negan!

    1. rebekahgillian

      10/03/2017 at 12:40 AM

      Thank you! See, I think I’m in the same boat, but the episode that focused on his compound recently wasn’t my favourite of this side of the season. He’s still a great character though, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays him really well.

  21. wartsandallonline

    09/03/2017 at 10:02 PM

    This was such a lovely read!

    Recently i’ve rediscovered art and just doodling. I used to be so creative when i had the time so its been such a good stress relief at night just scribbling away in a notebook. Plus meditation every morning!

    Laura xo

    1. rebekahgillian

      10/03/2017 at 12:42 AM

      Oh wow, you sound like you’re really good at self-care. I think I might try the doodling idea at some point; it sounds really effective!

      1. wartsandallonline

        10/03/2017 at 12:44 AM

        I don’t know about that! But I do think it’s important to set an hour or two aside to just decompress and take care of yourself. It’s so much fun to just scribble all my stress away 🙂 xx

        1. rebekahgillian

          10/03/2017 at 12:47 AM

          Yeah, that sounds like a good ethos to live by! I’m definitely going to try it now.

  22. IrresistiblyPetite

    09/03/2017 at 10:17 PM

    Thanks for the book recommendations! ‘Girl in Pieces’ sounds like a great book to read! I love those type of books! Have you read the books by Ellen Hopkins? She writes books very similar to the way you described ‘Girl in Pieces’ and so I think you would enjoy those as well!

    1. rebekahgillian

      10/03/2017 at 12:46 AM

      I really enjoyed it! I haven’t, but thanks for the recommendation; I’m going to go and check out her books now.

  23. Rhianne Coleman

    09/03/2017 at 11:38 PM

    Such great and helpful ideas that I will definitely be trying out!

    1. rebekahgillian

      10/03/2017 at 12:47 AM

      Thank you! Good luck. I hope they help you.

  24. FS Page

    10/03/2017 at 5:47 AM

    Good to know what you have been upto. Bloglovin account will help you go far..

    1. rebekahgillian

      10/03/2017 at 5:08 PM

      I hope so! I’m still very new to it, but I’m hoping it’ll help.

  25. harrietday98

    10/03/2017 at 10:14 AM

    Love this posts gives so many tips for more self care. I started reading again this week and I’ve fallen inlove with it again. I might have to check out some of your books!

    1. rebekahgillian

      10/03/2017 at 5:07 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re reading again; it’s such a good feeling, isn’t it? You totally should. I hope you enjoy them.

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