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What does Self-Care Mean and Why is it so Important?

Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery
Written by Channon Gray

Self-care doesn’t have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It’s about learning what makes you happy and appreciative of the life you’ve been dealt. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you’ve always wanted and are, therefore, meant to be.

Embrace your problems:

When you focus on encouraging more self-care, or self-love, into your life, you’re simply taking control over your choices and how to spend your time. It is not about running away from your problems but embracing them.

Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery

Self-care routines do not need to be complicated nor expensive!

A self-care routine needn’t be complex; it can be exactly what you want it to be. If self-care means to you running a bath complete with candles and a bath bomb, then do it; or if it means ordering a pizza and wearing your pyjamas, then do it; or if just means taking two minutes out of your day to relax, take deep breaths and shut off from the world for just a moment, then do it. Whatever it is, it’s okay but it’s important that you make that time to rebuild yourself.

Then again, I am not saying that a chunky slice of confetti cake and a large prosecco should be your immediate go to. These are temporary fixes to the problems that caused you to resort to that in the first place.

It is more about creating a life that you love, enjoy and are able to cope with, without escaping to scoff your face whilst hiding in the cupboard; I’m guilty of that one too.

It’s about being you and loving you…

Self-care should be about just being yourself, taking care of yourself and life you want to live. Long-term wellbeing is key here; yes, the treat-yourself consumer culture that we live in is great in the short-term. However, self-care is more about setting up habits within your life that make these ‘treats’ integrated and not something you need to feel guilty about.

Who cares what others think? If it makes you happy, then go for it. You need to meet your own needs before you able to help others seek theirs. Write your life the way you want it to read in years to come, and in a way that you would be embarrassed to share with your grandchildren.

I’ve put together a list of 30 self-care ideas for 30 days; this is a place to start, not a place to end. I have laid out these ideas in my bullet journal – for more information on that, please click here.

Don’t forget to pin this for future use in your bullet journal.

Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery

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Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery

Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery

 

As I’ve discussed above, self-care needn’t be expensive nor elaborate. Creating a gratitude-based bullet journal could be a great way of combining self-care with creative flair.

Thank you for stopping by, please let me know how you maintain a self-care routine or address it your everyday life in the comments below.

If you are new to bullet journalling then head on over to my post which contains 101+ ideas for you to be working on! 

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Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery

Self-care doesn't have to cost money, be glamorous or worth over-sharing with the world. It's about learning what makes you happy. Most importantly, self-care is when you enable yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be. A bullet journal can be a great self-care tool to improve your mental wellbeing // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #selfcare #productivity #wellbeing #stationery

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Channon Gray

Hi, my name is Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 21 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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[…] was delighted to briefly chat with Channon Gray on her blog a few days ago. She posted about incorporating self-care ideas into your bullet journal. Have you discovered the benefits of the bullet journal yet? Channon also has some great ideas on […]

Gloria
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You’re so right. Proper self-care is not always the same for everyone. I love the idea of putting self-care ideas into my bullet journal. That’s what I’m going to do tonight. Relax with my journal and write out as many self-care ideas just for me! And commit to practising at least one a day! I will let you know how I get on!

Fancy
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I love the outlook in this blog. You always make me feel less guilty for being kind to myself!

Lauren
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I completely agree with you on what self care is – it’s really good that there are lots of us now advocating for real self care. And I love your bullet journal spread x

Alexa
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I loved this idea so much, self care is so important

Zeny
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So nicely written. “It is not about running away from your problems but embracing them.” I couldn’t agree with that more. Embracing them helps you help yourself & move on!

Taylor @ Right Side of Twenty
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Channon– thank you for reminding me how important self care is! I feel like I’m constantly doing a million things for other people and I need to remember to take care of myself first. Definitely scheduling a little spa day for myself on Sunday. <3

Britt
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I really like this post! I think self care means something different every day. One day it may be eating healthy and working out and one day it is that piece of cake and a few glasses of wine. It’s always good to have those middle points too like giving yourself a pedi and doing a face mask. It’s all about being in tune with yourself and what you need.

Alyx
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As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, this is awesome!!

Lisa
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This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

Alana Nicole
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I’m such an advocate for self-care! It’s always lovely seeing someone else share my passion!

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