A while ago when I was going through a particularly tough time with my OCD, my mum decided to drag my sorry arse out of the house. She knows that when I’m struggling with my condition, a trip to somewhere small like the supermarket is manageable for me and often just enough to kick start shaking me out of my funk.
I didn’t have much money at the time and my mum offered to buy me some Sharpies so that I could enjoy getting a bit more creative at home during the times when I was struggling.
Although I wanted them, I remember feeling so guilty that there were people out there who couldn’t afford to eat and I was spending money on marker pens. I completely appreciate that to a lot of people, this my sound crazy but thoughts like this can become a way of life for some suffers of OCD.
My mum insisted on getting me the pens and I went home feeling anxious for what felt like a lifetime afterwards.
The reason I wanted to tell you this is because later down the line during therapy, my therapist spoke to me about how important it is to be kind to ourselves, no matter what our situation. Whether that means cutting ourselves some slack, making the most of out the stuff that we’re usually “saving for best” or treating ourselves even in the smallest of ways.
Recently, I haven’t been writing as much because as you can imagine, juggling my creativity whilst attempting to deal with my often draining condition is quite the challenge. However, there have been a few little things that have been making me feel a bit nicer recently which I thought that I’d share.
It’s true, all you need is love but sometimes, making yourself feel special in whatever way that may be, can go a long way too.
Headband, New Look
I’ve been making my way through the Sex and the City box set (again) because it always seems to help me at those times where I’m struggling to write anything that I’m happy with.
This teamed with my current obsession with Leandra Medine’s confidence when it comes to personal style inspired me to make this purchase. Although I’m usually quite a minimal dresser, I’ve recently been enjoying pushing myself out of my comfort zone in terms of style and I have to say, I’ve noticed that it has been having a positive affect on my mood.
Anklet and earrings, Tesco
This little hair grip, these earrings and the anklet are all tiny things that I have been loving wearing for similar reasons to be honest. I’ve noticed these past few weeks that when I haven’t been feeling myself, wearing even just one of these has made me feel as though I’ve been treating myself with kindness.
Beauty, fragrance and skincare
As is the case when it comes to essential oils, perfumes are something that I like to make the most of when it comes to their abilities to enhance my mood.
In winter, spraying a romantic scent like Chanel No 5 on the cuffs of my jumpers and pulling them over my wrists is something that I always feel comforted by. At the moment though, the UK has been enjoying its moments of glorious sunshine and I’ve been obsessed with this little rollerball of Rosa Excelsa by Dolce and Gabbana.
It seems pretty odd for me to be typing this because I’m not someone who is crazily into lipsticks (for someone who says that though I probably own more than I should, oops) but it really has been proving itself to be my very own form of war paint recently.
More specifically, the Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick in 400 by Giorgio Armani. When you first put it on, it has an almost balm consistency which is super hydrating. Obviously with that you then have the option to build up the product depending on what look you’re going for and I think that’s why I love it.
It has been giving me that confidence even during the days when I’m rocking my signature “drama teacher that has been pushed into a hedge” look.
I’m a definite firm believer that one of the best ways to practice treating yourself kindly is to take care of your skin. When I’m struggling with my mental health, my skin can take a bit of a hit but recently I’ve been using the Vichy Liftavtiv Supreme moisturiser to help me combat breakouts and give my skin a bit of a lift.
I have a feeling that it’s a combination of the consistency, the texture and the scent that makes it feel really luxurious to use. Whatever it may be, this little moisturiser has been working wonders.
I’d love to know if there’s anything that you guys reach for when you want to give yourself a little more love.