Have you been feeling exhausted, stressed, overwhelmed, or just down in the dumps? Life can throw some obstacles in our direction that catch us off guard. Even when they don’t, they can still wreak havoc on our mental health.
I usually recommend some form of self-care.
Self-care can mean a multitude of things. It could mean journaling, going for a walk, coloring or painting, cooking, indulging in your favorite snack, or even watching your favorite show. It’s whatever you need to do to take a minute for yourself and care for you. For some, this could even mean taking a shower for the first time in a week or brushing your hair and teeth.
It’s not always the ‘fun stuff.’
Self-care is important. Self-care is not an act of self-indulgence or selfishness. It’s an act of self-love and self-preservation. You can not run on empty. Take care of yourself.
I have several go-to self-care activities. One is art. I love to sit down and color or draw. I love using my imagination and getting lost in an art piece. It calms my nerves and helps me decompress.
Two is lighting my favorite candle and writing. My husband bought me a candle that is Tobacco Leaf and Leather. It smells like him. Which, some days, isn’t the best (ha!) but others it is actually incredibly relaxing. Plus writing is a sure-fire way for me to get lost in thought. I can enter a whole other world that way. It’s the same with reading.
And three, my final go-to, is changing my hair color. I do it more often than I probably should. I’ve had so many colors in my hair: purple, red, burgundy, blonde, brown, pink, orange, black and blue. I learned how to dye my own hair and since then it’s been a new color whenever life gets me seriously out of whack.
Really, self-care can be ANYTHING that gets you back to feeling like yourself. A candlelit bath complete with bath bombs and bubbles or a binge marathon of Criminal Minds and some ice cream. Get creative. Or be simple and just breathe it out.
For the sake of your sanity, love yourself. Take a moment. Give yourself permission to press pause on life. Hydrate. Eat. Read. Nap. Do something for you.
What’s your go-to self-care activity? Leave a comment below!