Keep your stick on the ice

Self care means lots of things to lots of people. Three tools I use every day are my bullet journal, homemade moisturizer, and a sound machine.

From when I get up in the morning to when I go to bed, I stay sane by writing things down. I write down what I am grateful for, my to-dos, my appointments, random books to read, poetry, stuff to buy, people to call, and habits that I track. I’ve tried many notebooks, but for the past several years I stick with the Leuchtturm 1917. It has two ribbons to mark your page, an index, and every page is already numbered. The notebook doesn’t need batteries, I don’t need to put it on airplane mode, and I can’t get distracted looking at LetterKenny memes.

I hate buying lotion at the store and the first ingredient is typically water. Why am I paying you for water? So I make my own out of beeswax, olive oil or avocado oil, coconut oil, and essential oils for whatever smell I want for the next few months. Wellnessmama has an easy recipes and I use small mason jars or plastic jars from old lotions. It is greasy, so just be careful on what you are doing after applying.

At the end of the day I’m either using a Marpac sound machine or a binaural beats app on my phone. The nice thing about the app is that you can use it for more than just going to sleep. Writing a term paper? Use the Focus setting. Meditating? Use the relaxation setting. Traveling across the astral plane? You guessed it, Astral travel.

Don’t just go through life blindly. Find the tools that work for you to stay on track and keep making a better life. We’re all in this together.


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