Not Just Skincare
The term self-care has been thrown over many times on social media and other platforms like it’s all about skincare and travel. Well, I don’t think it’s just about long bubble baths or drinking wine anymore. I believe it’s more than that. Here goes; what self-care really means to me and the simple habits I do to take care of myself.
I’m writing this blog on a whim as I just found out that May is Mental Health Awareness month. While I am not diagnosed by a doctor with any mental health issues, I would like to add some light on this topic and how it relates to self-care.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defined Mental Health as an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Care for Yourself
This pandemic has caused so much pain for us. After all, we’re human beings, we may be the wisest creature living on Earth but we’re not numb to not feel grief, anxiety or stress. I think, that whenever we feel we’re at our lowest, we should find a way to bring ourselves backup, and again, it’s not just skincare or fancy bubble baths.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advised,” Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The changes that can happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways we try to contain the spread of the virus can affect anyone. During times of increased social distancing, people can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health.” You may check out their full article in taking care of yourself here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/stress-coping/care-for-yourself.html .
What Self care really means to me
I think self-care is not solely an escape from the bitter reality that life throws at us. We should be able to address what we feel by starting with identifying the stressors and deal with it. We should read about how to improve ourselves to feel better. Perhaps, better yet, see a therapist. I’ve been watching my favorite YouTubers like Malama Life and Jenn Im who advocate seeing a therapist as a good help for one’s well-being. (Do check out Better Help).
I haven’t done that—yet. I think that if I get myself checked, I would be diagnosed with something and be prescribed with medicines on which I might become too dependable in the future. I am also scared, to be honest. Especially now, I had a rough time during the past few weeks and I’ve gained weight. I am dealing with grief, loss, anxiety and stress. Then that hit me; that self-care isn’t just about skincare anymore. I realized that I should really do small steps each day to be better or just feel better. I listed down here the self-care habits that I should be consistent with. Maybe it could help you, too!
- Read a book
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It’s so comforting to curl up on your bed or a coffee shop and read a book you really like. I am always into fantasy books as my imagination drives wild and it enriches my vocabulary. But lately, I’ve been into self-help books already. I picked up a few Ryan Holiday books in which I get good insights from there, too.
2. Light a candle
I love lighting a candle while reading a book or cooling down after a workout. Don’t you love the beautiful fragrant scent that a candle translates to fill your room with comfort? Try it, it really makes a big difference! It’s calming.
I can’t stress this enough. I’ve been writing down my thoughts ever since I was, what, eight yrs. Old? I had diaries locked with a key and tucked under my pillow or bed for many years. Until now, I am still practicing journaling as a way for me to express what I feel. Sometimes, you just got to write it on paper and let it all out.
4. Get Quality Sleep
Did you know that sleep deprivation leads to emotional disorders? Yes, as I have observed for many years now, when I don’t get enough sleep, I get all cranky in the morning. When you know that your environment is quiet, it’s your chance to get some quality zzz’s!
5. Eat Comfort Food
I know stress-eating is bad but the key is; you can eat whatever you like but just not excessively. Also, do exercise still! It’s all about balance.
6. Take Medicines when needed
Whenever I get a body ache after various household chores or sitting down for too long, I get serious back pains, I make sure I have Alaxan FR on hand. Don’t torture yourself in enduring the pain, treat it and then you can freely continue to do your everyday tasks.
How about you? What does self-care really mean to you? And what self-care habits do you do? Share in the comment section below! 😊