The google definition of self care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health…in particular during times of stress.”
Now, let me paint a delicate picture for you…
I am awful at time management! I find myself continuously going, “Oh yes, I can do that!” Then find myself knee-deep in to-do lists! AHH!
And what does this result in?
Lots of stress.
I also have the tendency to ignore my stress and before you know it, I break down. In various ways…Mostly resulting in a nap.
I say those things because I know I’m not the only one that does that!
And that’s okay!
But that’s when this whole self-care deal comes into play.
Importance Of Your Self-Care
Your mental health and well-being is extremely important. It can control the outcome of how you’re going to function!
If you have the burden of stress on your shoulders, it will hinder your performance on your other tasks! So in the long run, adding countless things to your to-do list can actually hurt you!
I know personally when I’m stressed, I’m quite literally running laps around the house because I have forgotten something I swear in each and every room.
There is such a thing as taking too much on at once…
And sometimes you need to hear that!
You are worth taking a breather. Chill out, and take care of yourself because your mental health and well-being is highly valued!
How to Practice Self-Care
Discovering your relaxing outlet
Self-care looks different for everyone. Ask yourself this:
What do you enjoy that makes you feel you can think clearly? What is “therapeutic” to you?
Is it journaling?
Listening to music?
When I journal, there is no filter, I just write what comes to mind. There’s been times where I’m writing and I write something down that I don’t realize I was feeling and it helps so much that I can properly articulate my thoughts! I can then close the journal feeling much more sorted and knowledgeable of my feelings.
But that could be different for you!
You might be really into instruments and feel like it’s a stress reliever when you play because it’s something you’ve been doing for forever and you’re comfortable with it! It’s not a source of stress, but a source of relaxation.
Maybe it’s running and you feel refreshed after you got some exercise! Or dancing!
Why You Should “Regroup”
On days I am not working or I have no classes, I view it as a day to “regroup”. I clean my room, do my laundry, prepare an actual lunch, etc.
Or maybe it doesn’t look like a full day to you! Maybe you light a candle and listen to some music before bed and tidy up a little before the next day!
As long as you have some YOU time, it’ll really help your focus and stress levels immensely.
If you take time to regroup, you can go back the next day feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your to-do list.
Listening to Your Body
For some people, there are some side effects when it comes to feeling stressed.
For me, I can get bad acne! So taking an evening to clean myself up, do some face masks, some foam scrub stuff (Something new I’m trying and I like it! Try something new!), and I already start to feel better!
Also, when I’ve had a lot of people interaction, my introverted body just shuts down and I need to nap.
Or maybe I just feel “blah” and want to go take care of myself and exercise.
You need to listen to your body!
- Naps are okay. Rest so you can feel energized!
- Clean yourself up and take the time to find what makes you feel refreshed!
- Eat healthy! Prepare meals ahead of time.
What is your body telling you?
Self-care isn’t meant to be another form of stress. Just know you are worth some time to regroup. Go treat yourself to a massage or a pedicure or have a jam session with your favorite music.
It’s okay to take time for yourself! It’s healthy! You’re worth your time.
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Writers Bio: Maggie McInnis is a personal growth and lifestyle blogger that strives to encourage through personal experience and genuine writing in hopes of breaking the current day highlight reels.