As of late, it seems that the idea of self care has become a hot topic. I personally hear just about everyone talking about self care, how it makes them feel, and how important it is to them. But, what exactly is self care? Is it just bubble baths, fancy face masks, and painted nails, or could it be more? For Mental Health Monday, were gonna chat some Self Care 101.
Self Care 101 – So, What Even Is Self Care?
Self care is a routine or action that helps you to take care of you, makes you feel good, and may even alleviate some of the symptoms of mental health issues, like anxiety or depression. Other than that, the definition of self care is incredibly vast; it means something different to just about anyone you talk to. For me personally, I like to soak in a bath or spend some time outside with a book. For some people, it might be taking a nap, or going for a run. You can personalize it as much as you want, to help it best serve you.
The one major misconception is that I had for years was that taking the time for me and what I needed was selfish. Why take the time to rest or do something fun when I had so much work hanging over my head for school? In all reality, the quality of my work was much improved after I had time to recharge and get back on track. The constant work can seriously wear on you if you aren’t careful. Add in anxiety or depression (way more common than you think!) and it can be a recipe for disaster.
Self Care 101 – How to Implement Self Care in Everyday Life
One major misconception that surrounds the idea of self care is that it’s simply taking a bath or using a face mask. While both are lovely ways for some to relax and indulge in self care (myself included!) there are literally thousands of ways to get it in on the daily basis.
For some people, it can be as simple as making sure they get enough water in during the day. They feel better when they’re hydrated (who doesn’t?) so keeping a water bottle near by is a good way for them to practice self care. For you, it might be going for a walk or listening to music. It’s unique to every single person.
If you’re looking to find a good routine for self care, I would suggest starting with the things that make you feel happiest. I like to relax with different skin care and such, but I’m really into makeup so the correlation is there. Hobbies can be a great way to practice self care!
While it seems overly repetitive, only you knows whats best! Finding a new routine is half of the fun though!
What do you do to practice self care? What makes you feel better when stuff gets stressful? Let me know in the comment section below!
Happy Monday! Kill it out there!