Self-care is important! Unfortunately, it’s something that easy to forget about. We teamed up with Brooke, one of DECU’s Rockstar Financial Service Representatives, to give you some easy self-care tips. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, give one of these a try. You can thank us later.
Five Self-Care Tips from Brooke
1. There’s nothing a good bath bomb or face mask can’t fix! One of my personal favorite face masks is the “Mask of Magnaminty” from LUSH cosmetics. It leaves my skin glowing and refreshed. If I have had a long day, this is always the first thing I do when I get home. Any charcoal mask and any masks from peter Thomas Roth are great, too. ULTA sells a $44 six pack for only $25. Check it out!
2. I know everyone isn’t a reader but reading positive and inspiring content works wonders for your brain. Anything helps, even if it’s a book you have read before or a magazine filled with good things. My all-time favorite is “Girl, Wash your Face” by Rachell Hollis. She has a few other books and she also hosts seminars for inspiration and positivity all around the US. She also has quite a few podcasts as well.
3. That brings me to my next go-to: podcasts. If you wake up feeling grumpy, sad, or stressed, podcasts are a great way to start your day. Listening to podcasts may take some getting used to, but they can really put a different spin on your routine. Plus, there are so many options, you’re bound to find what you need on a stressful day.
4. Next is journaling. I thought my therapist was crazy when she told me to give this a try, but it works wonders. Journaling allows you to track your thoughts and feelings, and also lets you reflect on what you want to change or make better. With journaling, no one sees this but you. Even if it’s just doodles or a paragraph or two, it helps. It has helped me tremendously to map my thoughts and make me aware of how I am feeling. Journaling is something you are able to personalize, and I think that speaks volumes for self-care.
5. Last, I know we live in unpredictable Illinois, but some good ole Vitamin D is a staple for self-care. It is clinically proven to lower depression and anxiety. Knowing I battle both of those, I try to slip in some sun when I can and in any way that I can.