Let’s be real here: it’s so easy to get burned out when you are working in the creative industry. Things always get busy and oftentimes you forget to have time for yourself. To avoid so, I have a few daily rituals that help me to stay sane even when I have a major work overload.
#1 // Read Magazines During the Breaks
Maybe it’s because I’m a 1990s child, but reading actual magazines is the habit that I continue having even in the era of social media. There is something soothing and inspiring about turning the pages of my favorite glossy magazines and I recommend trying so during your work breaks too! Even if you have just 5 minutes to spare, try sword him your attention from Instagram and glance through glossy magazines instead. You’ll be surprised how effectively such ritual cleans up your head!
#2 // Answer Blog and Instagram Comments
Another strategy that helps me to stay positive when I’m feeling overwhelmed is answering the comments you guys leave on my blog and social. I read every single comment and it means the world to me to hear your feedback! Every time you feel a bit down, try doing the same. Go through your Instagram feed not looking for the reasons to be upset about your looks and life, but instead concentrate on positive comments people left on your photos. All those hearts and cute notes, doesn’t it make your day better?
#3 // Apply a Face Mask
At this point, you probably already know that I’m a face mask fanatic and it’s my absolute favorite self-care ritual. Oftentimes, I start my morning by using eye gels as these help me to look and feel more refreshed throughout the day. The 365 Masks Challenge that I started earlier this year also really helps! It makes me motivated to take care of myself, explore new skincare brands, and connect with other girls from across the world!
#4 // Light a Candle
At some point in my life, I realized that I’m a candle hoarder. I collect them for some weird reason and never use them as prescribed. But it does feel good to surround yourself with delicious aroma. So this year I set up a goal of lighting a candle at least once a week—and it’s been one of my favorite rituals of the moment. By the way, if you are looking for the list of my favorite candles, check out this blog post where I rounded up 10 of my favorites!
#5 // Take a Foam Bath
There is nothing more de-stressing than taking a nice warm bath. Especially, if you have your favorite bath bomb and body lotion on hand. Personally, I prefer taking a warm bath and apply body oil followed by body butter. I know, it seems like a lot, but I consider it as a body treatment—so I use this strategy every now and then. By the way, I recently wrote a post about my favorite bath products (I prefer the ones that are super bubbly!) so if you are looking for inspiration, definitely check it out.
#6 // Read 50 Pages a Day
During the college years, I used to be such an avid reader—it was literally my goal to read the majority of classic literature pieces. These days in between writing for the blog, answering emails, and communicating on social written text is the last thing I want to see at the end of the day. I do miss reading though so this year I’m trying to read at least 50 pages a day to get my reading inspiration back. So far so good and I already finished a few books—which is a major accomplishment!
#7 // Go Out for Massage
I know that massage could be expensive, but personally, it’s one of the things that I always splurge on. Every time I feel stiffness in my muscles or feel like I over-worked out, I’ll go out to a local nail salon and get a 10 to 30 minutes chair massage. My salon charges $10 per 10 minutes so it’s less pricey than a professional massage, but feels equally relaxing and soothing!
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These were all of the rituals I’m enjoying the most at the movement. You probably noticed that I didn’t include working out in this list. Truth to be told, I’m not always enjoying going to the gym so I’m just forcing myself as I know that exercising is good for me. And you know what, I think it’s completely okay to enjoy some things and have others as a chore you need to do. I guess it’s about being an adult, you learn how to distinguish your priorities.
I wonder what are some of your favorite feel-good rituals?