Are you a stressed-out bookworm? Do you need to take some time for yourself? Honestly? Same. That’s okay. You’re allowed the need to recharge. You don’t have to feel guilty about needing to do something for yourself so you can make yourself whole and come back relaxed, charged up, and ready for anything you need to do. I decided to share with you guys all the ways I try to wind down and do something for myself. I don’t count bathing as self care, guys. I know a lot of people will say to take a nice bath or a shower to have some time for yourself. But guys, being clean should not be extravagant. Self care, in my opinion, is doing something that you would have had to ask your parents to do when you were younger. “Can I go to the store?” “Can I take the day off of school?” So let’s stop counting our showers as “me time.” You should be able to have more time for your own mental health than just the time you clean yourself. But listen, if a nice bath calms you, I’m not knocking it. Hopefully, the following things that work for me will work for you, alongside your calming bath.
Go buy books.
I know you already have unread books. I know you are running out of shelf space if you’re not out already. As a bookworm, you know what I’m saying when I tell you that browsing books is calming. It is something I could spend actual hours doing, and I have. Bookstores are full of our people. Go to your people, wear a mask, stay six feet apart, drink coffee (or tea if you’re into that) and browse those books for as long as you want.
Not wanting to leave your house? There are a TON of online booksellers. If you are wanting to buy a book from an indie author but you’re not sure where to buy from, you can always check with that indie author. I have found that authors, for the most part, have been very friendly and kind when you ask them where you should purchase their books!
So if you need a push to go buy books, consider this it.
- Makeover your reading nook. Whether you make a new reading area in the garden or you give a little facelift to your current reading area, making your reading space clean, tidy, and calming is a great way to feel accomplished and refreshed. It’s kind of like how you sleep better when you have fresh and clean bedding. It is more relaxing to read in a space that is calming to you. I recently made over my nook and it really made such a difference. You can see from the before photo that I had tons of clutter, my dog’s toys were strewn about everywhere and my trusty old reading chair is showing its age in stains and small rips. I bought a slipcover that was super soft, cleaned up, and organized my space. Aside from actually getting the slipcover, the whole task probably took about 15 minutes. I lit some incense, kicked off my slippers, and relaxed in my new and improved reading space.
3. Take a day off from reading OR spend an entire day reading.
This one depends on how you’re feeling about your reading lately. Sometimes, I’ll have this feeling where nothing I read is grabbing me, even though I’m reading books I know I would normally like. Those are times when I’ll start a bunch of books and then stop and start something else. Some folks call it a reading slump. If that’s the case for you right now, don’t worry. Give yourself a break from reading for a day. Don’t try to force something that is not working. Maybe try to watch that show that all of your friends are talking about, or get out into the garden and pull those weeds You could even just scroll through instagram for a while. When you need a reading break, do something that doesn’t require a lot of brain power.
Doing something for yourself can feel foreign and can give you guilt. But that’s a habit we need to break. You’re not a bad person for needing a break and you’re definitely not a bad person for taking that break. So go out and do what you need to do for you, you book nerd.