Self-Care Saturday (kind of)

It Saturday and I thought that I wanted to share a post of self-care again. I have not really had time for this blog this last couple of weeks. I have spent so much time as possible to get into living here in Edinburgh. It’s been scary and amazing at the same time. I really love it here, but I miss my dogs and my family.

I have had problems with anxiety and panic attacks these last couple of weeks. I have and am scared of the world outside the door of our apartment. Every day has been a kind of struggle. I don’t want to go home, but I am tired of being scared. I am tired of the anxiety in my body every damn day. I just want to feel good.

Do you know what I do? I hug my husband a lot. I try and think of things I want to do here in Scotland. Things I want to see. And I try to read as much as possible about Scotland. I take walks with my husband in our Neighbourhood. Edinburgh is a fantastic city. I try talking to new people in school.

Sign that I see almost every day when I walk around the river Leith.

I try as hard as I can to not let my fears and anxiety keep me from living. I am only here for about four months more and I know that I don’t want to miss out because I am scared. I mean, I am here. If I have gotten this far I can do it all.

I know this was not really a self-care Saturday post as I usually did them but I wanted to share this… And maybe I can try to write a better post next Saturday.

Have a fantastic Saturday night. I am going to eat good food and watch The Voice UK.

Love, Nea


8th December ~ Self-Care Saturday

Today I don’t want to share my self-care tips with you. Today I want to share why I do self-care. And why I need to get better at it.

So this last couple of weeks have been hard on me and my mental health. I have been struggling with Statistics. I spent almost all my time studying and after the exam and assignments, I felt like a balloon that lost all its air. And then I had to wait and see if I passed the course or if I had to take the exam again. If you are or have been a Student you know what I am talking about. 

And then I started realixing that it wasent so long left until I would move over 1000 kilometer away from home. From my family. My dogs. My friends. And that got me kind of shaken up.

And on top of this we are going throw my grandmothers house and dividing the heritage between us all. It feels like my grandfather, who passed away in September 2009, and my grandmother is still there. I am just waiting for them to come down from their bedroom and ask what we are doing. I miss them so much.

For me, Self-Care is an important part to stay grounded and to take time to cope with all that is happening around me. It can very hard some days to take care of ourselves. Just brushing our teeth can be hard. But its important. And I have promised myself that I need to get better at taking care of me. 

These last couple of days I have tried to do at least 5 things a day to take care of my self (and brushing my teeth and taking a shower does not count this week). I have done my skin-care rutin, I have taken long walks, I have listened to music and I have taken time to just breath and not feel stressed over what I need to do.

I hope you all also can take some time and spend it on your self-care. You are important! You need to put yourself first sometimes!

Love, Nea

Walks ~ Self-Care Saturday

It’s a cloudy Saturday here in Sweden and I am still not over my cold, but it’s time for this week’s Self-Care post. 

There are so many ways to take care of yourself. And I have already cared some with you. One thing I like to do is take walks, short or long. You get out in the fresh air and you can think. Also, you get exercise which is important and good for you.

I usually walk with my dogs. And my husband is with me at least one walk a day. For me is the walking a way to relax. Not see the things that I need to do at home, or with my studying. Just to walk and think about whatever comes to my mind. Yesterday when my husband and I took the last walk of the days with the dogs, I thought about the moon. And that was relaxing for me. 

Oracle and Zelda on a walk.

Walking also gives me perspective over things. For example, when I got stuck on an assignment for school I can take a walk and relax, and I usually get a new idea when I am out in the fresh air. 

Do you take a walk every day? Have an amazing Saturday and if you can try taking a walk today. Alone or in the company with dogs, friends and/or family.

Love, Nea

Skincare ~ Self-care Saturday

It’s time for self-care Saturday and today I want to share with you one of my favourite self-care routines. Skin Care. I feel so much better after I have gone through my skincare routine. It helps me relax and I know that I take care of my self when I do it. And I know that my skin gets better when I take care of it and I will feel better because my face isn’t full of acne and blemishes.

When I go through my regular skincare rutin it takes about 10-15 minutes. And if I also take a mask it takes about 10-15 minutes more. I try to do it morning and evening. If you don’t have a skincare rutin, I can really recommend to try it.

I have tried some different brands of skin-care and the one that I love and that’s works with my allergies and other problems are; Artistry.

Right now I use (THIS IS NOT A PAID AD):

  • Artistry Hydra-V Fresh Foaming Cleanser ~ Cleans my skin and hydrates it.
  • Artistry Hydra-V Fresh Toner ~ A toner that takes away the last of the impurity on the skin.
  • Artistry Hydra-V Vital Skin Serum Concentrate ~ A serum that helps me with moisture and hydrating my skin.
  • Artistry Youth Xtend Serum Concentrate ~ A serum to help me with the wrinkles I already have and to prevent wrinkles that I will get in the future.
  • Artistry Hydra-V Refreshing Gel ~ My day and night crème that hydrates my skin and its also kind of cooling.
  • Artistry Youth Xtend Crème Enrichissate ~ My eye crème that a use to get my puffiness under the eyes to get down and to help me prevent future wrinkles.

And I at least once a week I use these masks:

  • Artistry Hydra-V Refreshing Moisture Mask ~ A mask to hydrate the skin.
  • Artistry Essentials Pore Cleansing Masque ~ Artistry Essentials are no longer sold here in Sweden, so now I am going to buy this one: Deep Cleansing Mask ARTISTRY™.

And when I have a lot of acne I use this product: Artistry Essentials anti-blemish, that now is replaced with this one: Anti-Blemish Gel Treatment essentials by ARTISTRY™.

* This is not a paid ad. I just wanted to share my skin-care with you all when I talked about self-care.










Self-Care Saturday ~ October 27

Sometimes when it comes to Self-Care it can simply be to sit in front of Netflix and watch a good movie or a tv-show. To relax and drop all the things that need to be done.

This weekend I am studying for my big exam on Monday and I feel like I don’t have the time to slow down, but I am going to do that. So for me to watch Netflix with my husband in the evenings is the perfect way to relax and do a little self-care. To spend time together and just cuddle on the sofa. The dogs usually join us on the sofa and it’s just family time.

We all need to take time in our busy lives to take care of our self. We can’t be running around doing a million things all the time.

Now I am going to get some more studying!

Have an amazing Saturday! And take care of yourself! You are important.

Love, Nea



Self-care Saturday

Its time for Self-Care Saturday and today I want to write to you about the importance of sleep. To sleep for at least 8 hours every night is something that I call self-care!

Without our sleep, you lose your concentration, and if you are anything like me, you will get frustrated and get more stressed out.

We need sleep to let our mind process what has happened over the day. Memories are being stored and the new things we have learned over the day is being processed. Our bodies need to rest. When we sleep the muscles relax and out blood pressure and ouls go down. The production of our stress hormones goes down when we sleep.

I know that everybody has different needs when it comes to sleeping and how long they need, but I really believe that everyone needs at least 8 hours.

Now some of you might think that it easy for me to say that you should sleep at night, but I have problems sleeping myself. Its usually only on the weekends that I get to sleep my 8 hours. I have trouble getting in bed early and I go up early when I have to go to campus. This last week my dog Oracle has been sick and both my husband and I have had just a few hours of sleep every night.

I have noticed that when I don’t sleep much it’s easier to get anxiety and panic attacks. I am more vulnerable. So with little sleep going grocery shopping or just going into campus is a real challenge. I have decided that I need to get more sleep because I am important. We all need to spend more time on our self-care because we deserve it.

What do you think? How much sleep do you need?





Self-Care Saturday

I am a firm believer in self-care, that’s why I want to share with you one of the things I do to take care of my self. And that is: taking the time on a busy day and just take a couple of deep breaths and give me time to not stress. To not think of anything other than my self. In these moments I don’t look at social media, I don’t study, I don’t answer emails and I don’t think of anyone else but me. This gives me a chance to relax and just feel how I am feeling and it gives me perspective over so many things.

I am not the best person on self-care, but I am trying to get better. That is another reason why I want to share with you what I do over the next following weeks. We all need to take care of yourself and sometimes be a little selfish with our time. To charge your batteries.

I really like this that Lalah Delia said:

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”

So please take care of yourself. You are an amazing person that is entitled to put yourself first. Just take 5 minutes to breathe on a stressful day. Drop everything and just breath. It always makes me feel better.

Love, Nea