how to: self care
Throughout my adult life, I’ve always been worried about others. Making sure everyone is taken care of, fed, happy, warm, comfortable, etc. About a year & a half ago- I became a believer in caring for myself!
It’s extremely hard at first, but crucial as you get into a career, a relationship, build friendships, keep a family close or anything else you do in your day to day life. You feel selfish. You have the habit of forgetting about yourself. But as of now I am the biggest believer in self care, self love & mental health days.
Since I’ve became a B.O.S.C (believer of self care, people love acronyms right?)- life has surprisingly become less stressful and my anxiety has lessened.
I feel more confident after taking time to myself, practicing habits that calm my soul or make it happy. I like to be challenged, be creative or sometimes just vibe out & shut my mind completely off. When you can just be with yourself, for even 20 minutes, it’s much easier to just be with life. This doesn’t mean you are settling, but it means that you are accepting the now. You are accepting where you are & what things are happening in that moment.
Somethings I do during my self care time:
- Take a bath
- Make coffee
- Read (currently Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn)
- Journal and/or draw
- Pinterest ( you can follow me here <—)
- Put my phone in airplane mode
- Declutter my room or closet
- Indulge in a treat & watch an episode of something that makes me laugh
- Playing music & actually listening to the lyrics
- Use my favorite lotion
- Give myself a mini facial and/or makeover.
The list above are simple things you may do day to day, but you may do it as part of your routine & not actually focus on the motions in the moment.
(fav LUSH product- Rose Jam Shower Gel, I use it as a calm bubble bath, too!)
I believe it is important to do things you enjoy, leaving yourself with a better understanding of your soul & keeping your heart pure with moments that actually interest it & you.
Plus, we can all use an extra 20 minutes any time of day to unwind, right?
What are some ways you relax?